6 Where has your beloved(A) gone, most beautiful of women?(B) Which way did your beloved turn, that we may look for him with you?
2 My beloved has gone(C) down to his garden,(D) to the beds of spices,(E) to browse in the gardens and to gather lilies. 3 I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine;(F) he browses among the lilies.(G)
4 You are as beautiful as Tirzah,(H) my darling, as lovely as Jerusalem,(I) as majestic as troops with banners.(J) 5 Turn your eyes from me; they overwhelm me. Your hair is like a flock of goats descending from Gilead.(K) 6 Your teeth are like a flock of sheep coming up from the washing. Each has its twin, not one of them is missing.(L) 7 Your temples behind your veil(M) are like the halves of a pomegranate.(N) 8 Sixty queens(O) there may be, and eighty concubines,(P) and virgins beyond number; 9 but my dove,(Q) my perfect one,(R) is unique, the only daughter of her mother, the favorite of the one who bore her.(S) The young women saw her and called her blessed; the queens and concubines praised her.
10 Who is this that appears like the dawn, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, majestic as the stars in procession?
11 I went down to the grove of nut trees to look at the new growth in the valley, to see if the vines had budded or the pomegranates were in bloom.(T) 12 Before I realized it, my desire set me among the royal chariots of my people.[a]
13 Come back, come back, O Shulammite; come back, come back, that we may gaze on you!
Why would you gaze on the Shulammite as on the dance(U) of Mahanaim?[b]
7 [c]How beautiful your sandaled feet, O prince’s(V) daughter! Your graceful legs are like jewels, the work of an artist’s hands. 2 Your navel is a rounded goblet that never lacks blended wine. Your waist is a mound of wheat encircled by lilies. 3 Your breasts(W) are like two fawns, like twin fawns of a gazelle. 4 Your neck is like an ivory tower.(X) Your eyes are the pools of Heshbon(Y) by the gate of Bath Rabbim. Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon(Z) looking toward Damascus. 5 Your head crowns you like Mount Carmel.(AA) Your hair is like royal tapestry; the king is held captive by its tresses. 6 How beautiful(AB) you are and how pleasing, my love, with your delights!(AC) 7 Your stature is like that of the palm, and your breasts(AD) like clusters of fruit. 8 I said, “I will climb the palm tree; I will take hold of its fruit.” May your breasts be like clusters of grapes on the vine, the fragrance of your breath like apples,(AE) 9 and your mouth like the best wine.
May the wine go straight to my beloved,(AF) flowing gently over lips and teeth.[d] 10 I belong to my beloved, and his desire(AG) is for me.(AH) 11 Come, my beloved, let us go to the countryside, let us spend the night in the villages.[e] 12 Let us go early to the vineyards(AI) to see if the vines have budded,(AJ) if their blossoms(AK) have opened, and if the pomegranates(AL) are in bloom(AM)— there I will give you my love. 13 The mandrakes(AN) send out their fragrance, and at our door is every delicacy, both new and old, that I have stored up for you, my beloved.(AO)
8 If only you were to me like a brother, who was nursed at my mother’s breasts! Then, if I found you outside, I would kiss you, and no one would despise me. 2 I would lead you and bring you to my mother’s house(AP)— she who has taught me. I would give you spiced wine to drink, the nectar of my pomegranates. 3 His left arm is under my head and his right arm embraces me.(AQ) 4 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.(AR)
5 Who is this coming up from the wilderness(AS) leaning on her beloved?
Under the apple tree I roused you; there your mother conceived(AT) you, there she who was in labor gave you birth. 6 Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love(AU) is as strong as death, its jealousy[f](AV) unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.[g] 7 Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If one were to give all the wealth of one’s house for love, it[h] would be utterly scorned.(AW)
8 We have a little sister, and her breasts are not yet grown. What shall we do for our sister on the day she is spoken for? 9 If she is a wall, we will build towers of silver on her. If she is a door, we will enclose her with panels of cedar.
10 I am a wall, and my breasts are like towers. Thus I have become in his eyes like one bringing contentment. 11 Solomon had a vineyard(AX) in Baal Hamon; he let out his vineyard to tenants. Each was to bring for its fruit a thousand shekels[i](AY) of silver. 12 But my own vineyard(AZ) is mine to give; the thousand shekels are for you, Solomon, and two hundred[j] are for those who tend its fruit.
13 You who dwell in the gardens with friends in attendance, let me hear your voice!
14 Come away, my beloved, and be like a gazelle(BA) or like a young stag(BB) on the spice-laden mountains.(BC)
Song of Songs 6:12Or among the chariots of Amminadab; or among the chariots of the people of the prince
4 What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate.2 The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father.3 So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery(A) under the elemental spiritual forces[a] of the world.(B)4 But when the set time had fully come,(C) God sent his Son,(D) born of a woman,(E) born under the law,(F)5 to redeem(G) those under the law, that we might receive adoption(H) to sonship.[b](I)6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son(J) into our hearts,(K) the Spirit who calls out, “Abba,[c] Father.”(L)7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.(M)
Paul’s Concern for the Galatians
8 Formerly, when you did not know God,(N) you were slaves(O) to those who by nature are not gods.(P)9 But now that you know God—or rather are known by God(Q)—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces[d]? Do you wish to be enslaved(R) by them all over again?(S)10 You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!(T)11 I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.(U)
12 I plead with you, brothers and sisters,(V) become like me, for I became like you. You did me no wrong.13 As you know, it was because of an illness(W) that I first preached the gospel to you,14 and even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself.(X)15 Where, then, is your blessing of me now? I can testify that, if you could have done so, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me.16 Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?(Y)
17 Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may have zeal for them.(Z)18 It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always, not just when I am with you.(AA)19 My dear children,(AB) for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,(AC)20 how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you!
Hagar and Sarah
21 Tell me, you who want to be under the law,(AD) are you not aware of what the law says?22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman(AE) and the other by the free woman.(AF)23 His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh,(AG) but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise.(AH)
24 These things are being taken figuratively: The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar.25 Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children.26 But the Jerusalem that is above(AI) is free, and she is our mother.27 For it is written:
“Be glad, barren woman, you who never bore a child; shout for joy and cry aloud, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband.”[e](AJ)
28 Now you, brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise.(AK)29 At that time the son born according to the flesh(AL) persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit.(AM) It is the same now.30 But what does Scripture say? “Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman’s son.”[f](AN)31 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman,(AO) but of the free woman.(AP)
Morrinsville Baptist is a church of 250-300 people from all ages and all walks of life who live or work in and around Morrinsville, New Zealand. Our faith in Jesus Christ is our common bond, and we are committed to living by the values and principles taught by Jesus, as we actively promote his Kingdom through our shared life as a church as well as through our personal daily lives.