Song of Solomon 5: My Beloved, My Friend

His mouth is most sweet, Yes, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, And this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem!  Song of Solomon 5:16

** When love is pure and undefiled, there is nothing shabby or shameful about it.  It is the opposite of lewdness.  Such love is not bold-faced but may blush. Such love becomes our best friend.  Our hearts are made to search for it.


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, [1] O beloved.

The Distress of Separation

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. [2] 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and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock. 6  I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer. 7  The watchmen that went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.

The Bride Praises the Bridegroom

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 [3] among ten thousand. 11  His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, [4] 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: [5] 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 [6] is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.