7 The Lover to His Beloved:
How beautiful are your sandaled 1 feet,
O nobleman’s daughter! 2
The curves 3 of your thighs 4 are like jewels,
the work of the hands of a master craftsman.
2 Your navel 5 is a round mixing bowl 6 –
may it never lack 7 mixed wine! 8
Your belly 9 is a mound of wheat,
encircled 10 by lilies.
3 Your two breasts are like two fawns,
twins of a gazelle.
4 Your neck is like a tower made of ivory. 11
Your eyes are the pools in Heshbon
by the gate of Bath-Rabbim. 12
Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon
5 Your head crowns 13 you like Mount Carmel. 14
The locks of your hair 15 are like royal tapestries 16 –
the king is held captive 17 in its tresses!
6 How beautiful you are! How lovely,
O love, 18 with your delights! 19
7 The Lover to His Beloved:
Your stature 20 is like a palm tree, 21
and your breasts are like clusters of grapes. 22
8 I want 23 to climb the palm tree, 24
and take hold of its fruit stalks.
May your breasts be like the clusters of grapes, 25
and may the fragrance of your breath be like apricots! 26
9 May your mouth 27 be like the best wine,
flowing smoothly for my beloved,
gliding gently over our lips as we sleep together. 28
10 The Beloved about Her Lover:
I am my beloved’s,
and he desires me! 29
11 The Beloved to Her Lover:
Come, my beloved, let us go to the countryside;
let us spend the night in the villages.
12 Let us rise early to go to the vineyards,
to see if the vines have budded,
to see if their blossoms have opened,
if the pomegranates are in bloom –
there I will give you my love.
13 The mandrakes 30 send out their fragrance;
over our door is every delicacy, 31
both new and old, which I have stored up for you, my lover.
8 The Beloved to Her Lover:
Oh, how I wish you were 1 my little brother, 2
nursing at my mother’s breasts;
if I saw 3 you outside, I could kiss you –
surely 4 no one would despise me! 5
2 I would lead you and bring you to my mother’s house,
the one who taught me. 6
I would give you 7 spiced wine 8 to drink, 9
the nectar of my pomegranates. 10
3 The Beloved about Her Lover:
His left hand caresses my head,
and his right hand stimulates me. 11
4 The Beloved to the Maidens:
I admonish you, O maidens 12 of Jerusalem:
“Do not 13 arouse or awaken love until it pleases!”
5 The Maidens about His Beloved:
Who is this coming up from the desert,
leaning on her beloved?
The Beloved to Her Lover:
Under the apple tree I aroused you; 14
there your mother conceived you,
there she who bore you was in labor of childbirth. 15
6 The Beloved to Her Lover:
Set me like a cylinder seal 16 over your heart, 17
like a signet 18 on your arm. 19
For love is as strong as death, 20
passion 21 is as unrelenting 22 as Sheol.
Its flames burst forth, 23
it is a blazing flame. 24
7 Surging waters cannot quench love;
floodwaters 25 cannot overflow it.
If someone were to offer all his possessions 26 to buy love, 27
the offer 28 would be utterly despised. 29
8 The Beloved’s Brothers:
We have a little sister,
and as yet she has no breasts.
What shall we do for our sister
on the day when she is spoken for? 30
9 If she is a wall, 31
we will build on her a battlement 32 of silver;
but if she is a door,
we will barricade 33 her with boards 34 of cedar. 35
10 The Beloved:
I was a wall,
and my breasts were like fortress towers. 36
Then I found favor 37 in his eyes. 38
11 The Beloved to Her Lover:
Solomon had a vineyard at Baal-Hamon;
he leased out 39 the vineyard to those who maintained it.
Each was to bring a thousand shekels of silver for its fruit.
12 My vineyard, 40 which belongs to me, 41 is at my disposal alone. 42
The thousand shekels belong to you, O Solomon,
and two hundred shekels belong to those who maintain it for its fruit.
13 The Lover to His Beloved:
O you who stay in the gardens,
my companions are listening attentively 43 for your voice;
let me be the one to 44 hear it! 45
14 The Beloved to Her Lover:
Make haste, my beloved!
Be like a gazelle or a young stag
on the mountains of spices.
1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, 1 which God gave him to show his servants 2 what must happen very soon. 3 He made it clear 4 by sending his angel to his servant 5 John, 2 who then 6 testified to everything that he saw concerning the word of God and the testimony about 7 Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads the words of this 8 prophecy aloud, 9 and blessed are 10 those who hear and obey 11 the things written in it, because the time is near! 12
4 From John, 13 to the seven churches that are in the province of Asia: 14 Grace and peace to you 15 from “he who is,” 16 and who was, and who is still to come, 17 and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ – the faithful 18 witness, 19 the firstborn from among the dead, the ruler over the kings of the earth. To the one who loves us and has set us free 20 from our sins at the cost of 21 his own blood 6 and has appointed 22 us as a kingdom, 23 as priests 24 serving his God and Father – to him be the glory and the power for ever and ever! 25 Amen.
7 (Look! He is returning with the clouds, 26
and every eye will see him,
even 27 those who pierced him, 28
and all the tribes 29 on the earth will mourn because 30 of him.
This will certainly come to pass! 31 Amen.) 32
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” 33 says the Lord God – the one who is, and who was, and who is still to come – the All-Powerful! 34
9 I, John, your brother and the one who shares 35 with you in the persecution, kingdom, and endurance that 36 are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony about Jesus. 37 10 I was in the Spirit 38 on the Lord’s Day 39 when 40 I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 saying: “Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches – to Ephesus, 41 Smyrna, 42 Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”
12 I 43 turned to see whose voice was speaking to me, 44 and when I did so, 45 I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands was one like a son of man. 46 He was dressed in a robe extending down to his feet and he wore a wide golden belt 47 around his chest. 14 His 48 head and hair were as white as wool, even as white as snow, 49 and his eyes were like a fiery 50 flame. 15 His feet were like polished bronze 51 refined 52 in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar 53 of many waters. 16 He held 54 seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp double-edged sword extended out of his mouth. His 55 face shone like the sun shining at full strength. 17 When 56 I saw him I fell down at his feet as though I were dead, but 57 he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid! I am the first and the last, 18 and the one who lives! I 58 was dead, but look, now I am alive – forever and ever – and I hold the keys of death and of Hades! 59 19 Therefore write what you saw, what is, and what will be after these things. 60 20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and the seven golden lampstands is this: 61 The seven stars are the angels 62 of the seven churches and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.