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Young Women

Where has your love gone,

most beautiful of women?

Which way has heK turned?

We will seek him with you.


My love has gone down to his garden,u

to beds of spice,v

to feed in the gardensw

and gather lilies.x

I am my love’s and my love is mine;y

he feeds among the lilies.


You are as beautiful as Tirzah, my darling,

lovely as Jerusalem,

awe-inspiring as an army with banners.z

Turn your eyes away from me,

for they captivate me.aa

Your hair is like a flock of goats

streaming down from Gilead.ab

Your teeth are like a flock of ewes

coming up from washing,

each one having a twin,

and not one missing.L,ac

Behind your veil,ad

your browM is like a slice of pomegranate.

There are sixty queens

and eighty concubinesae

and young women* without number.

But my dove,a my virtuous one, is unique;b

she is the favorite of her mother,

perfect to the one who gave her birth.

Women see her and declare her fortunate;c

queens and concubines also, and they sing her praises:

10 Who is thisd who shines like the dawn,

as beautiful as the moon,

bright as the sun,

awe-inspiring as an army with banners?e


11 I came down to the walnut grove

to see the blossoms of the valley,

to see if the vines were buddingf

and the pomegranates blooming.

12 I didn’t know what was happening to me.

I felt like I was

in a chariot with a nobleman.B

Young Women

13 Come back, come back, Shulammite!C

Come back, come back, that we may look at you!


How you gaze at the Shulammite,

as you look at the danceg of the two camps!D,h


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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.

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