Seek and You Shall Find

Song of Solomon 5:2–6:3

Works of art by Lika Tov, Marc Chagall, and Edward Burne-Jones
Commentaries by Cheryl Exum

Song of Solomon 5:2–6:3

Bible passage (Revised Standard Version)

Song of Solomon 5

2I slept, but my heart was awake.

Hark! my beloved is knocking.

“Open to me, my sister, my love,

my dove, my perfect one;

for my head is wet with dew,

my locks with the drops of the night.”

3I had put off my garment,

how could I put it on?

I had bathed my feet,

how could I soil them?

4My beloved put his hand to the latch,

and my heart was thrilled within me.

5I arose to open to my beloved,

and my hands dripped with myrrh,

my fingers with liquid myrrh,

upon the handles of the bolt.

6I opened to my beloved,

but my beloved had turned and gone.

My soul failed me when he spoke.

I sought him, but found him not;

I called him, but he gave no answer.

7The watchmen found me,

as they went about in the city;

they beat me, they wounded me,

they took away my mantle,

those watchmen of the walls.

8I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,

if you find my beloved,

that you tell him

I am sick with love.

9What is your beloved more than another beloved,

O fairest among women?

What is your beloved more than another beloved,

that you thus adjure us?

10My beloved is all radiant and ruddy,

distinguished among ten thousand.

11His head is the finest gold;

his locks are wavy,

black as a raven.

12His eyes are like doves

beside springs of water,

bathed in milk,

fitly set.

13His cheeks are like beds of spices,

yielding fragrance.

His lips are lilies,

distilling liquid myrrh.

14His arms are rounded gold,

set with jewels.

His body is ivory work,

encrusted with sapphires.

15His legs are alabaster columns,

set upon bases of gold.

His appearance is like Lebanon,

choice as the cedars.

16His speech is most sweet,

and he is altogether desirable.

This is my beloved and this is my friend,

O daughters of Jerusalem.

6Whither has your beloved gone,

O fairest among women?

Whither has your beloved turned,

that we may seek him with you?

2My beloved has gone down to his garden,

to the beds of spices,

to pasture his flock in the gardens,

and to gather lilies.

3I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine;

he pastures his flock among the lilies.