New American Standard Bible

Song of Solomon 6

Mutual Delight in Each Other

1[a]Where has your beloved gone,
O most beautiful among women?
Where has your beloved turned,
That we may seek him with you?”

[b]My beloved has gone down to his garden,
To the beds of balsam,
To pasture his flock in the gardens
And gather lilies.
“I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine,
He who pastures his flock among the lilies.”

[c]You are as beautiful as Tirzah, my darling,
As lovely as Jerusalem,
As awesome as [d]an army with banners.
“Turn your eyes away from me,
For they have confused me;
Your hair is like a flock of goats
That have descended from Gilead.
“Your teeth are like a flock of ewes
Which have come up from their washing,
All of which bear twins,
And not one among them has [e]lost her young.
“Your temples are like a slice of a pomegranate
Behind your veil.
“There are sixty queens and eighty concubines,
And [f]maidens without number;
But my dove, my perfect one, is [g]unique:
She is her mother’s [h]only daughter;
She is the pure child of the one who bore her.
The [i]maidens saw her and called her blessed,
The queens and the concubines also, and they praised her, saying,

10 ‘Who is this that [j]grows like the dawn,
As beautiful as the full moon,
As pure as the sun,
As awesome as [k]an army with banners?’
11 “I went down to the orchard of nut trees
To see the blossoms of the valley,
To see whether the vine had budded
Or the pomegranates had bloomed.
12 “Before I was aware, my soul set me
Over the chariots of [l]my noble people.”

13 [m][n]Come back, come back, O Shulammite;
Come back, come back, that we may gaze at you!”

[o]Why should you gaze at the Shulammite,
As at the dance of [p]the two companies?

Footnotes

  1. Song of Solomon 6:1 CHORUS
  2. Song of Solomon 6:2 BRIDE
  3. Song of Solomon 6:4 BRIDEGROOM
  4. Song of Solomon 6:4 Lit bannered ones
  5. Song of Solomon 6:6 Or miscarried
  6. Song of Solomon 6:8 Or virgins
  7. Song of Solomon 6:9 Lit one
  8. Song of Solomon 6:9 Lit one
  9. Song of Solomon 6:9 Lit daughters
  10. Song of Solomon 6:10 Lit looks down
  11. Song of Solomon 6:10 Lit bannered ones
  12. Song of Solomon 6:12 Another reading is Ammi-nadib
  13. Song of Solomon 6:13 CHORUS
  14. Song of Solomon 6:13 Ch 7:1 in Heb
  15. Song of Solomon 6:13 BRIDEGROOM
  16. Song of Solomon 6:13 Or Mahanaim