Y Where has your love gone,
most beautiful of women?
Which way has he(a) turned?
We will seek him with you.
W My love has gone down to his garden,(A)
to beds of spice,(B)
to feed in the gardens(C)
and gather lilies.(D)
I am my love’s and my love is mine;(E)
he feeds among the lilies.
M You are as beautiful as Tirzah,(b) my darling,
lovely as Jerusalem,
awe-inspiring as an army with banners.(F)
Turn your eyes away from me,
for they captivate me.(G)
Your hair is like a flock of goats
streaming down from Gilead.(H)
Your teeth are like a flock of ewes
coming up from washing,
each one having a twin,
and not one missing.(c)(I)
Behind your veil,(J)
your brow(d) is like a slice of pomegranate.
There are 60 queens
and 80 concubines(K)
and young women(e) without number.
But my dove,(L) my virtuous one, is unique;(M)
she is the favorite of her mother,
perfect to the one who gave her birth.
Women see her and declare her fortunate;(N)
queens and concubines also, and they sing her praises:
Y(f) Who is this(g)(O) who shines like the dawn—
as beautiful as the moon,
bright as the sun,
awe-inspiring as an army with banners?(P)
W I came down to the walnut grove
to see the blossoms of the valley,
to see if the vines were budding(Q)
and the pomegranates blooming.
Before I knew it,
my desire put me
among the chariots of my noble people.(h)
(i)Y Come back, come back, Shulammite!(j)(k)
Come back, come back, that we may look at you!

M Why are you looking at the Shulammite,
as you look at the dance(R) of the two camps?(l)(S)



a. Song of Solomon 6:1: Lit your love
b. Song of Solomon 6:4: a mountain city in Manasseh
c. Song of Solomon 6:6: Lit and no one bereaved among them
d. Song of Solomon 6:7: Or temple, or cheek, or lips
e. Song of Solomon 6:8: Or and virgins; Sg 1:3
f. Song of Solomon 6:10: Some see v. 10 as spoken by M.
g. Song of Solomon 6:10: In Hb, the word for “this” is feminine.
h. Song of Solomon 6:12: Or of Amminadib, or of my people of a prince; Hb obscure
i. Song of Solomon 6:13: Sg 7:1 in Hb
j. Song of Solomon 6:13: Or the peaceable one
k. Song of Solomon 6:13: Perhaps an inhabitant of the town of Shunem, or a feminine form of Solomon’s name
l. Song of Solomon 6:13: Or dance of Mahanaim

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