“Thou shalt not be a victim, thou shalt not be a perpetrator, but, above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.” — Yehuda Bauer
Chag Pesach Sameach from Radical Jew
Book 22 Song of Solomon
22:001:001 The song of songs, which is Solomon’s.
22:001:002 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is
better than wine.
22:001:003 Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as
ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.
22:001:004 Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into
his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will
remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.
22:001:005 I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the
tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.
22:001:006 Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath
looked upon me: my mother’s children were angry with me; they
made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard
have I not kept.
22:001:007 Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where
thou makest thy flock to rest at noon: for why should I be as
one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions?
22:001:008 If thou know not, O thou fairest among women, go thy way forth
by the footsteps of the flock, and feed thy kids beside the
22:001:009 I have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in
22:001:010 Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, thy neck with
chains of gold.
22:001:011 We will make thee borders of gold with studs of silver.
22:001:012 While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth
forth the smell thereof.
22:001:013 A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto me; he shall lie all
night betwixt my breasts.
22:001:014 My beloved is unto me as a cluster of camphire in the
vineyards of Engedi.
22:001:015 Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou
hast doves’ eyes.
22:001:016 Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed
22:001:017 The beams of our house are cedar, and our rafters of fir.
22:002:001 I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.
22:002:002 As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.
22:002:003 As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my
beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great
delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
22:002:004 He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me
22:002:005 Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of
22:002:006 His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth
22:002:007 I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by
the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my
love, till he please.
22:002:008 The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the
mountains, skipping upon the hills.
22:002:009 My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth
behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing
himself through the lattice.
22:002:010 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair
one, and come away.
22:002:011 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
22:002:012 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of
birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our
22:002:013 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with
the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair
one, and come away.
22:002:014 O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret
places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear
thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is
22:002:015 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for
our vines have tender grapes.
22:002:016 My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.
22:002:017 Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn, my
beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the
mountains of Bether.
22:003:001 By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought
him, but I found him not.
22:003:002 I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in
the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought
him, but I found him not.
22:003:003 The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said,
Saw ye him whom my soul loveth?
22:003:004 It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him
whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go,
until I had brought him into my mother’s house, and into the
chamber of her that conceived me.
22:003:005 I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by
the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my
love, till he please.
22:003:006 Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of
smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders
of the merchant?
22:003:007 Behold his bed, which is Solomon’s; threescore valiant men are
about it, of the valiant of Israel.
22:003:008 They all hold swords, being expert in war: every man hath his
sword upon his thigh because of fear in the night.
22:003:009 King Solomon made himself a chariot of the wood of Lebanon.
22:003:010 He made the pillars thereof of silver, the bottom thereof of
gold, the covering of it of purple, the midst thereof being
paved with love, for the daughters of Jerusalem.
22:003:011 Go forth, O ye daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon with
the crown wherewith his mother crowned him in the day of his
espousals, and in the day of the gladness of his heart.
22:004:001 Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou
hast doves’ eyes within thy locks: thy hair is as a flock of
goats, that appear from mount Gilead.
22:004:002 Thy teeth are like a flock of sheep that are even shorn, which
came up from the washing; whereof every one bear twins, and
none is barren among them.
22:004:003 Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet, and thy speech is
comely: thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate within
22:004:004 Thy neck is like the tower of David builded for an armoury,
whereon there hang a thousand bucklers, all shields of mighty
22:004:005 Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins, which
feed among the lilies.
22:004:006 Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, I will get me
to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense.
22:004:007 Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.
22:004:008 Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse, with me from Lebanon:
look from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon,
from the lions’ dens, from the mountains of the leopards.
22:004:009 Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast
ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of
22:004:010 How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is
thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all
22:004:011 Thy lips, O my spouse, drop as the honeycomb: honey and milk
are under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments is like
the smell of Lebanon.
22:004:012 A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a
22:004:013 Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant
fruits; camphire, with spikenard,
22:004:014 Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of
frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices:
22:004:015 A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams
22:004:016 Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my
garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved
come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits.
22:005:001 I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have
gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb
with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O
friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.
22:005:002 I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved
that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my
dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my
locks with the drops of the night.
22:005:003 I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed
my feet; how shall I defile them?
22:005:004 My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my
bowels were moved for him.
22:005:005 I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with
myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the
handles of the lock.
22:005:006 I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself,
and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but
I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.
22:005:007 The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me,
they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil
22:005:008 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved,
that ye tell him, that I am sick of love.
22:005:009 What is thy beloved more than another beloved, O thou fairest
among women? what is thy beloved more than another beloved,
that thou dost so charge us?
22:005:010 My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten
22:005:011 His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and
black as a raven.
22:005:012 His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters,
washed with milk, and fitly set.
22:005:013 His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips
like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh.
22:005:014 His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is
as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires.
22:005:015 His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine
gold: his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.
22:005:016 His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is
my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.
22:006:001 Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women?
whither is thy beloved turned aside? that we may seek him with
22:006:002 My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of
spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.
22:006:003 I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine: he feedeth among
22:006:004 Thou art beautiful, O my love, as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem,
terrible as an army with banners.
22:006:005 Turn away thine eyes from me, for they have overcome me: thy
hair is as a flock of goats that appear from Gilead.
22:006:006 Thy teeth are as a flock of sheep which go up from the
washing, whereof every one beareth twins, and there is not one
barren among them.
22:006:007 As a piece of a pomegranate are thy temples within thy locks.
22:006:008 There are threescore queens, and fourscore concubines, and
virgins without number.
22:006:009 My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her
mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her. The
daughters saw her, and blessed her; yea, the queens and the
concubines, and they praised her.
22:006:010 Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the
moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?
22:006:011 I went down into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the
valley, and to see whether the vine flourished and the
22:006:012 Or ever I was aware, my soul made me like the chariots of
22:006:013 Return, return, O Shulamite; return, return, that we may look
upon thee. What will ye see in the Shulamite? As it were the
company of two armies.
22:007:001 How beautiful are thy feet with shoes, O prince’s daughter!
the joints of thy thighs are like jewels, the work of the
hands of a cunning workman.
22:007:002 Thy navel is like a round goblet, which wanteth not liquor:
thy belly is like an heap of wheat set about with lilies.
22:007:003 Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins.
22:007:004 Thy neck is as a tower of ivory; thine eyes like the fishpools
in Heshbon, by the gate of Bathrabbim: thy nose is as the
tower of Lebanon which looketh toward Damascus.
22:007:005 Thine head upon thee is like Carmel, and the hair of thine
head like purple; the king is held in the galleries.
22:007:006 How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!
22:007:007 This thy stature is like to a palm tree, and thy breasts to
clusters of grapes.
22:007:008 I said, I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of the
boughs thereof: now also thy breasts shall be as clusters of
the vine, and the smell of thy nose like apples;
22:007:009 And the roof of thy mouth like the best wine for my beloved,
that goeth down sweetly, causing the lips of those that are
asleep to speak.
22:007:010 I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me.
22:007:011 Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge
in the villages.
22:007:012 Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine
flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the
pomegranates bud forth: there will I give thee my loves.
22:007:013 The mandrakes give a smell, and at our gates are all manner of
pleasant fruits, new and old, which I have laid up for thee, O
22:008:001 O that thou wert as my brother, that sucked the breasts of my
mother! when I should find thee without, I would kiss thee;
yea, I should not be despised.
22:008:002 I would lead thee, and bring thee into my mother’s house, who
would instruct me: I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine
of the juice of my pomegranate.
22:008:003 His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand
should embrace me.
22:008:004 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up,
nor awake my love, until he please.
22:008:005 Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon
her beloved? I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy
mother brought thee forth: there she brought thee forth that
22:008:006 Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm:
for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave:
the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most
22:008:007 Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown
it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for
love, it would utterly be contemned.
22:008:008 We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts: what shall
we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for?
22:008:009 If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver:
and if she be a door, we will inclose her with boards of
22:008:010 I am a wall, and my breasts like towers: then was I in his
eyes as one that found favour.
22:008:011 Solomon had a vineyard at Baalhamon; he let out the vineyard
unto keepers; every one for the fruit thereof was to bring a
thousand pieces of silver.
22:008:012 My vineyard, which is mine, is before me: thou, O Solomon,
must have a thousand, and those that keep the fruit thereof
22:008:013 Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to
thy voice: cause me to hear it.
22:008:014 Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a
young hart upon the mountains of spices.