December 29, 2022 Read Together

December 29, 2022 Read Together

December 29, 2022

Song of Solomon 7

How graceful are your sandaled feet,
        willing woman!
The smooth curves of your thighs—like fine jewelry,
        the work of an artist’s hands!
Your navel, cupped like the full moon—
        may it never lack spiced wine!
Your belly is a mound of winnowed wheat
        edged with lilies.
Your two breasts are like two fawns,
        twins of a gazelle doe;
    your neck, like a tower of ivory;
        your eyes, pools in Heshbon,
            by the gate of that lordly city.
Your profile is like the tower of Lebanon,
        looking out toward Damascus.
Your head crowns you like Mount Carmel,
        and your hair, braided in royal purple—
            a king is bound by the tresses!
You are so beautiful, so lovely—
        my love, delightful one!
Your stately form resembles a date palm,
        and your breasts are like clustered fruit.
I say, “I will climb the palm tree;
        I will hold its fruit!”

May your breasts be now
        like grape clusters,
and the scent of your breath like apples!
        Your palate is like excellent wine . . .


        . . . flowing smoothly for my love,
            gliding through the lips and teeth.[c]
10 I belong to my lover,
        and his longing is only for me.

The ripeness of love

11 Come, my love:
        Let’s go out to the field
        and rest all night among the flowering henna.
12 Let’s set out early for the vineyards.
We will see if the vines have budded
        and the blossoms opened,
    see if the pomegranates have bloomed.
There I’ll give my loving to you.

13 The mandrakes give off their scent,
        and at our doorways is every delicacy—
            fresh or ripened—
        my love, I have kept them hidden for you.

Song of Solomon 8


If only you were as my brother—
        the one who nursed at my mother’s breast.
I would find you in the street and kiss you,
        and no one would shame me for it.
I would lead you, I would bring you
        to my mother’s house;
        she would teach me what to do.
I would give you spiced wine to drink,
        some of my fresh pomegranate juice.

        His left arm is beneath my head,
        and his right embraces me!

Make a solemn pledge,
        daughters of Jerusalem,
        never to rouse, never to arouse love
        until it desires.

Love, strong and invaluable
[Daughters of Jerusalem]

Who is this coming up from the wilderness
        leaning against her lover?


Under the apple tree I aroused you—
        there, where your mother labored with you,
        there where, laboring, she bore you.
Set me as a seal over your heart,
        as a seal upon your arm,
for love is as strong as death,
        passionate love unrelenting as the grave.
Its darts are darts of fire—
        divine flame!
Rushing waters can’t quench love;
        rivers can’t wash it away.
If someone gave
        all his estate in exchange for love,
        he would be laughed to utter shame.

[The Woman’s Brothers]

Our sister is small;
        she has no breasts.
What will we do for our sister
        on the day that she is spoken for?
If she is a city wall,
        then we will build a turret of silver on her.
And if she is a door,
        then we will barricade her with a panel of cedar.


10 I’m a city wall,
        and my breasts are the towers.
So now I’m in his eyes
        as one who brings peace.


11 Solomon had a vineyard
        in Baal-hamon.
He gave charge of the vineyard to keepers;
        one would bring in exchange for its fruit
            a thousand pieces of silver.
12 My vineyard, my very own, is before me.
You can have the thousand, Solomon—
        with two hundred for those who tend the fruit!

13 You who sit in the gardens,
        my companions are listening for your voice.
            Let me hear it!


14 “Take flight, my love,
        and be like a gazelle
        or a young stag
        on the mountains of spice!”


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