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

Chapter 4

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1Ah, you are fair, my darling, Ah, you are fair. Your eyes are like doves Behind your veil. Your hair is like a flock of goats Streaming down Mount Gilead. 2Your teeth are like a flock of ewes d Cf. 6.6 ; exact nuance of qeßuboth uncertain, perhaps “shorn ones.” Climbing up from the washing pool; All of them bear twins, And not one loses her young. 3Your lips are like a crimson thread, Your mouth is lovely. Your brow behind your veil [Gleams] like a pomegranate split open. 4Your neck is like the Tower of David, Built e‐ Apparently a poetic figure for jewelry; meaning of Heb. uncertain. to hold weapons, ‐e Apparently a poetic figure for jewelry; meaning of Heb. uncertain. Hung with a thousand shields— All the quivers of warriors. 5Your breasts are like two fawns, Twins of a gazelle, Browsing among the lilies. 6 f See notes at 2.17 . When the day blows gently And the shadows flee, I will betake me to the mount of myrrh, To the hill of frankincense. 7Every part of you is fair, my darling, There is no blemish in you 8From Lebanon come with me; From Lebanon, my bride, with me! Trip down from Amana's peak, From the peak of Senir a Cf. Deut. 3.9 . and Hermon, From the dens of lions, From the hills b Emendation yields “lairs”; cf. Nah. 2.13 . of leopards. 9You have captured my heart, My own, c Lit. “sister”; and so frequently below. my bride, You have captured my heart With one [glance] of your eyes, With one coil of your necklace. 10How sweet is your love, My own, my bride! How much more delightful your love than wine, Your ointments more fragrant Than any spice! 11Sweetness drops From your lips, O bride; Honey and milk Are under your tongue; And the scent of your robes Is like the scent of Lebanon. 12A garden locked Is my own, my bride, A fountain locked, A sealed‐up spring. 13Your limbs are an orchard of pomegranates And of all luscious fruits, Of henna and of nard— 14Nard and saffron, Fragrant reed and cinnamon, With all aromatic woods, Myrrh and aloes— All the choice perfumes. 15 d‐ Emendation yields “The spring in my garden / Is a well of fresh water.” [You are] a garden spring, A well of fresh water, ‐d Emendation yields “The spring in my garden / Is a well of fresh water.” A rill of Lebanon. 16Awake, O north wind, Come, O south wind! Blow upon my garden, That its perfume may spread. Let my beloved come to his garden And enjoy its luscious fruits!

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d Cf. 6.6 ; exact nuance of qeßuboth uncertain, perhaps “shorn ones.”

e‐e Apparently a poetic figure for jewelry; meaning of Heb. uncertain.

f See notes at 2.17 .

a Cf. Deut. 3.9 .

b Emendation yields “lairs”; cf. Nah. 2.13 .

c Lit. “sister”; and so frequently below.

d‐d Emendation yields “The spring in my garden / Is a well of fresh water.”

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