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Expressions of Praise | Song of Solomon 7

How graceful are your feet in sandals, O queenly maiden!


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Expressions of Praise


7:1 How graceful are your feet in sandals,

O queenly maiden!

Your rounded thighs are like jewels,

the work of a master hand.

2 Your navel is a rounded bowl

that never lacks mixed wine.

Your belly is a heap of wheat,

encircled with lilies.

3 Your two breasts are like two fawns,

twins of a gazelle.

4 Your neck is like an ivory tower.

Your eyes are pools in Heshbon,

by the gate of Bath-rabbim.

Your nose is like a tower of Lebanon,

overlooking Damascus.

5 Your head crowns you like Carmel,

and your flowing locks are like purple;

a king is held captive in the tresses.

6 How fair and pleasant you are,

O loved one, delectable maiden!

7 You are stately as a palm tree,

and your breasts are like its clusters.

8 I say I will climb the palm tree

and lay hold of its branches.

Oh, may your breasts be like clusters of the vine,

and the scent of your breath like apples,

9 and your kisses like the best wine

that goes down smoothly,

gliding over lips and teeth.

10 I am my beloved’s,

and his desire is for me.

11 Come, my beloved,

let us go forth into the fields,

and lodge in the villages;

12 let us go out early to the vineyards,

and see whether the vines have budded,

whether the grape blossoms have opened

and the pomegranates are in bloom.

There I will give you my love.

13 The mandrakes give forth fragrance,

and over our doors are all choice fruits,

new as well as old,

which I have laid up for you, O my beloved.

8:1 O that you were like a brother to me,

who nursed at my mother’s breast!

If I met you outside, I would kiss you,

and no one would despise me.

2 I would lead you and bring you

into the house of my mother,

and into the chamber of the one who bore me.

I would give you spiced wine to drink,

the juice of my pomegranates.

3 O that his left hand were under my head,

and that his right hand embraced me!

4 I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,

do not stir up or awaken love

until it is ready!

5 Who is that coming up from the wilderness,

leaning upon her beloved?





  1. New Revised Standard Version




 

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