Overview

The chapter opens with another dream sequence, where the woman is awakened by her beloved knocking. Despite her initial hesitation, she searches for him when he disappears, facing rebuke and injury from the city watchmen. This dream reflects the woman's deep fear of separation and loss. She then turns to the daughters of Jerusalem, describing her beloved in detail. She praises his physical appearance, from his head to his legs, using rich and vivid metaphors. Her description paints a picture of him as both beautiful and powerful, like the finest gold, precious stones, and majestic animals. Her passionate and detailed description underscores her profound love and admiration for him. The chapter concludes with the woman asking the daughters of Jerusalem to relay a message to her beloved if they find him, further emphasizing her longing and affection. This chapter beautifully combines elements of longing, fear of loss, and deep admiration, showcasing the intense emotional and physical bond between the lovers.

Song of Solomon 5

1  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.

2  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.

3  I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?

4  My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.

5  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.

6  I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.

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7  The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.

8  I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I am sick of love.

9  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?

10  My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand.

11  His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven.

12  His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set.

13  His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh.

14  His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires.

15  His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold: his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.

16  His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.

End of Song of Solomon 5


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