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The Jewish Study Bible Contextualizes the Hebrew Bible with accompanying scholarly text on Jewish traditions and history.

Chapter 2

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1I am a rose a Lit. “crocus.” of Sharon, A lily of the valleys. 2Like a lily among thorns, So is my darling among the maidens. 3Like an apple tree among trees of the forest, So is my beloved among the youths. I delight to sit in his shade, And his fruit is sweet to my mouth. 4He brought me to the banquet room b‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. And his banner of love was over me. ‐b Meaning of Heb. uncertain. 5“Sustain me with raisin cakes, Refresh me with apples, For I am faint with love.” 6His left hand was under my head, His right arm embraced me. 7I adjure you, O maidens of Jerusalem, By gazelles or by hinds of the field: Do not wake or rouse Love until it please! 8Hark! My beloved! There he comes, Leaping over mountains, Bounding over hills. 9My beloved is like a gazelle Or like a young stag. There he stands behind our wall, Gazing through the window, Peering through the lattice. 10My beloved spoke thus to me, “Arise, my darling; My fair one, come away! 11For now the winter is past, The rains are over and gone. 12The blossoms have appeared in the land, The time of pruning c Or “singing.” has come; The song of the turtledove Is heard in our land. 13The green figs form on the fig tree, The vines in blossom give off fragrance. Arise, my darling; My fair one, come away! 14“O my dove, in the cranny of the rocks, Hidden by the cliff, Let me see your face, Let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet And your face is comely.” 15Catch us the foxes, The little foxes That ruin the vineyards— For our vineyard is in blossom. 16My beloved is mine And I am his Who browses among the lilies. 17When the day a‐ Emendation yields “declines”; cf. Jer. 6.4 . blows gently ‐a Emendation yields “declines”; cf. Jer. 6.4 . And the shadows flee, b Septuagint reads “lengthen”; cf. Jer. 6.4 . Set out, my beloved, Swift as a gazelle Or a young stag, For the hills of spices! c Heb. bather of uncertain meaning; 8.14 reads besamim, “spices.”

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a Lit. “crocus.”

b‐b Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

c Or “singing.”

a‐a Emendation yields “declines”; cf. Jer. 6.4 .

b Septuagint reads “lengthen”; cf. Jer. 6.4 .

c Heb. bather of uncertain meaning; 8.14 reads besamim, “spices.”

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