1I am a wildflower2:1 Traditionally rose of Sharon,
a lily2:1 Or lotus of the valleys.2:1 Sg 5:13; 7:2; Hs 14:5
2Like a lily among thorns,
so is my darling among the young women.
3Like an apricot2:3 Or apple tree among the trees of the forest,
so is my love among the young men.
I delight to sit in his shade,
and his fruit is sweet to my taste.
4He brought me to the banquet hall,2:4 Lit the house of wine2:4 Sg 1:4
and he looked on me with love.2:4 Or and his banner over me is love2:4 Ps 20:5
5Sustain me with raisins;
refresh me with apricots,2:5 Or apples
for I am lovesick.2:5 Sg 5:8
6May his left hand be under my head,
and his right arm embrace me.2:6 Sg 8:3
7Young women of Jerusalem, I charge you
by the gazelles and the wild does of the field,
do not stir up or awaken love
until the appropriate time.2:7 Lit until it pleases2:7 Sg 3:5; 5:8; 8:4

8Listen! My love is approaching.
Look! Here he comes,
leaping over the mountains,2:8 Is 52:7
bounding over the hills.
9My love is like a gazelle
or a young stag.2:9 Sg 2:17; 8:14
See, he is standing behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
peering through the lattice.
10My love calls to me:
Arise,2:10 Sg 2:13 my darling.
Come away, my beautiful one.
11For now the winter is past;
the rain has ended and gone away.
12The blossoms appear in the countryside.
The time of singing2:12 Or pruning has come,
and the turtledove’s cooing is heard in our land.2:12 Jr 8:7
13The fig tree ripens its figs;2:13 Mt 24:32
the blossoming vines give off their fragrance.2:13 Sg 7:12
Arise, my darling.
Come away, my beautiful one.

14My dove,2:14 Sg 5:2; 6:9 in the clefts of the rock,2:14 Jr 48:28
in the crevices of the cliff,
let me see your face,2:14 Or form
let me hear your voice;2:14 Sg 8:13
for your voice is sweet,
and your face is lovely.2:14 Sg 1:5
15 2:15 The speaker could be the woman, the man, or both. Catch the foxes for us2:15 Ezk 13:4 —
the little foxes that ruin the vineyards —
for our vineyards are in bloom.2:15 Sg 2:13
16My love is mine and I am his;2:16 Sg 6:3; 7:10; 8:6
he feeds among the lilies.
17Until the day breaks2:17 Lit breathes
and the shadows flee,
turn around, my love, and be like a gazelle
or a young stag2:17 Sg 2:9 on the divided mountains.2:17 Or the Bether mountains, or the mountains of spices; Hb obscure2:17 Sg 4:5–6; 8:14