The chapter continues the intimate dialogue, with the woman comparing herself to a rose of Sharon and a lily of the valleys. The man responds by affirming her uniqueness and beauty among other women. They use vivid imagery of blooming flowers, singing birds, and springtime to symbolize the flourishing of their love. The woman invites her lover to catch the foxes that ruin the vineyards, a metaphor for addressing the challenges in their relationship. She passionately expresses her desire for his embrace and reminisces about their time together. The chapter culminates with the woman requesting her beloved to be like a gazelle or young stag, symbolizing vitality and grace, and to return to her soon.

Song of Solomon 2

1  I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.

2  As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.

3  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.

4  He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.

5  Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love.

6  His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me.

7  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.

8  The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.

9  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.

10  My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.

11  For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;

12  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 land;

13  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.

14  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 comely.

15  Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.

16  My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.

17  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.

End of Song of Solomon 2

1 Year Plan:  Sept 3 - Sos 2, Sos 3, Sos 4,  Phil 1

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