“ I was asleep but my heart was awake. A voice! My beloved was knocking: ‘Open to me, my sister, my darling, My dove, my perfect one! For my head is drenched with dew, My locks with the damp of the night.’
But my dove, my perfect one, is unique: She is her mother’s only daughter; She is the pure child of the one who bore her. The maidens saw her and called her blessed, The queens and the concubines also, and they praised her, saying,
“ O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, In the secret place of the steep pathway, Let me see your form, Let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, And your form is lovely.”
Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.
So Jacob served seven years for Rachel and they seemed to him but a few days because of his love for her.
Thus I was: by day the heat consumed me and the frost by night, and my sleep fled from my eyes.
Lift up your heads, O gates, And be lifted up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in!
“ I, the Lord, am your God, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.
Aleph. How blessed are those whose way is blameless, Who walk in the law of the Lord.
Give me your heart, my son, And let your eyes delight in my ways.
“ Listen! My beloved! Behold, he is coming, Climbing on the mountains, Leaping on the hills!
“My beloved responded and said to me, ‘ Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, And come along.
“ On my bed night after night I sought him Whom my soul loves; I sought him but did not find him.
“ You are altogether beautiful, my darling, And there is no blemish in you.
“You have made my heart beat faster, my sister, my bride; You have made my heart beat faster with a single glance of your eyes, With a single strand of your necklace.
“His head is like gold, pure gold; His locks are like clusters of dates And black as a raven.
mouth like the best wine!” “ It goes down smoothly for my beloved, Flowing gently through the lips of those who fall asleep.
“Many waters cannot quench love, Nor will rivers overflow it; If a man were to give all the riches of his house for love, It would be utterly despised.”
I gave My back to those who strike Me, And My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting.
Just as many were astonished at you, My people, So His appearance was marred more than any man And His form more than the sons of men.
He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Now while he was talking with me, I sank into a deep sleep with my face to the ground; but he touched me and made me stand upright.
Then the angel who was speaking with me returned and roused me, as a man who is awakened from his sleep.
This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: “ He Himself took our infirmities and carried away our diseases.”
but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps.
For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;
And He *came to the disciples and *found them sleeping, and *said to Peter, “So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour?
In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.
It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God.
Now Peter and his companions had been overcome with sleep; but when they were fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men standing with Him.
And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground.
When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.
For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died;
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
For this reason it says, “ Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.”
But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; and they will walk with Me in white, for they are worthy.
These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves chaste. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb.