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I have come to my garden—my sister, my bride.

I gatherJ my myrrh with my spices.

I eat my honeycomb with my honey.

I drink my wine with my milk.


Eat, friends!

Drink, be intoxicated with caresses!K,ad


I was sleeping, but my heart was awake.

A sound! My love was knocking!a


Open to me, my sister, my darling,

my dove, my perfect one.

For my head is drenched with dew,

my hair with droplets of the night.


I have taken off my clothing.b

How can I put it back on?

I have washed my feet.

How can I get them dirty?

My love thrust his hand through the opening,

and my feelings were stirred for him.

I rose to open for my love.

My hands dripped with myrrh,c

my fingers with flowing myrrh

on the handles of the bolt.

I opened to my love,

but my love had turned and gone away.

My heart sankA because he had left.B

I sought him, but did not find him.d

I called him, but he did not answer.

The guards who go about the city found me.e

They beat and wounded me;

they took my cloakC from me—

the guardians of the walls.f

Young women of Jerusalem, I charge you,g

if you find my love,

tell him that I am lovesick.h

Young Women

What makes the one you love better than another,

most beautiful of women?i

What makes him better than another,

that you would give us this charge?


10 My love is fit and strong,D,j

notable among ten thousand.k

11 His head is purest gold.

His hair is wavyE,l

and black as a raven.

12 His eyes are like dovesm

beside flowing streams,

washed in milk

and set like jewels.F

13 His cheeksn are like beds of spice,

mounds ofG perfume.

His lips are lilies,

dripping with flowing myrrh.o

14 His armsH are rods of gold

set* with beryl.p

His bodyJ is an ivory panel

covered with lapis lazuli.q

15 His legs are alabaster pillars

set on pedestals of pure gold.

His presence is like Lebanon,r

as majestic as the cedars.s

16 His mouth is sweetness.

He is absolutely desirable.t

This is my love, and this is my friend,

young women of Jerusalem.


About Christian Standard Bible

The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a highly trustworthy, faithful translation that is proven to be the optimal blend of accuracy and readability. It’s as literal to the original as possible without sacrificing clarity. The CSB is poised to become the translation that pastors rely on and Bible readers turn to again and again to read and to share with others.

The CSB is an original translation: more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations translated directly from the best available Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic source texts into English. Its source texts are the standard used by scholars and seminaries today.

The CSB is trustworthy: the conservative, evangelical scholars of the CSB affirm the authority of Scripture as the inerrant Word of God and seek the highest level of faithfulness to the original and accuracy in their translation. These scholars and LifeWay, the non-profit ministry that stewards the CSB, also champion the Bible against cultural trends that would compromise its truths.

The CSB is clear: it is as literal a translation of the ancient source texts as possible, but, in the many places throughout Scripture where a word-for-word rendering might obscure the meaning for a modern audience, it uses a more dynamic translation. In all cases, the intent is to convey the original meaning of God’s Word as faithfully and as clearly as possible.


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