Through the Bible – Day 268

Bible text(s)

He speaks:

1My bride, my very own,

I come to my garden

and enjoy its spices.

I eat my honeycomb and honey;

I drink my wine and milk.

Their friends speak:

Eat and drink until

you are drunk with love.

Another dream

She speaks:

2I was asleep, but dreaming:

the one I love was at the door,

knocking and saying,

“My darling, my very own,

my flawless dove,

open the door for me!

My head is drenched

with evening dew.”

3But I had already undressed

and bathed my feet.

Should I dress again

and get my feet dirty?

4Then my darling's hand

reached to open the latch,

and my heart stood still.

5When I rose to open the door,

my hands and my fingers

dripped with perfume.

6My heart stood still

while he spoke to me,

but when I opened the door,

my darling had disappeared.

I searched and shouted,

but I could not find him—

there was no answer.

7Then I was found by the guards

patrolling the town

and guarding the wall.

They beat me up

and stripped off my robe.

8Young women of Jerusalem,

if you find the one I love,

please say to him,

“She is weak with desire.”

Their friends speak:

9Most beautiful of women,

why is the one you love

more special than others?

Why do you ask us

to tell him how you feel?

She speaks:

10He is handsome and healthy,

the most outstanding

among ten thousand.

11His head is purest gold;

his hair is wavy,

black as a raven.

12His eyes are a pair of doves

bathing in a stream

flowing with milk.

13His face is a garden

of sweet-smelling spices;

his lips are lilies

dripping with perfume.

14His arms are branches of gold

covered with jewels;

his body is ivory

decorated with sapphires.

15His legs are columns of marble

on feet of gold.

He stands there majestic

like Mount Lebanon

and its choice cedar trees.

16His kisses are sweet.

I desire him so much!

Young women of Jerusalem,

he is my lover and friend.

Their friends speak:

1Most beautiful of women,

tell us where he has gone.

Let us help you find him.

She speaks:

2My darling has gone down

to his garden of spices,

where he will feed his sheep

and gather lilies.

3I am his, and he is mine,

as he feeds his sheep

among the lilies.

He speaks:

4My dearest, the cities of Tirzah

and Jerusalem

are not as lovely as you.

Your charms are more powerful

than all the stars

in the heavens.

5Turn away your eyes—

they make me melt.

Your hair tosses about

as gracefully as goats

coming down from Gilead.

6Your teeth are whiter

than sheep freshly washed;

they match perfectly,

not one is missing.

7Behind your veil are hidden

beautiful rosy cheeks.

8What if I could have

sixty queens, eighty wives,

and thousands of others!

9You would be my only choice,

my flawless dove,

the favourite child

of your mother.

The young women, the queens,

and all the others

tell how excited you are

as they sing your praises:

10“You are as majestic

as the morning sky—

glorious as the moon—

blinding as the sun!

Your charms are more powerful

than all the stars above.”

She speaks:

11I went down to see if blossoms

were on the walnut trees,

grapevines, and fruit trees.

12But in my imagination

I was suddenly riding

on a glorious chariot.

Their friends speak:

13Dance! Dance!

Beautiful woman from Shulam,

let us see you dance!

She speaks:

Why do you want to see

this woman from Shulam

dancing with the others?

The wedding dance

He speaks:

1You are a princess,

and your feet are graceful

in their sandals.

Your thighs are works of art,

each one a jewel;

2your navel is a wine glass

filled to overflowing.

Your body is full and slender

like a bundle of wheat

bound together by lilies.

3Your breasts are like twins

of a deer.

4Your neck is like ivory,

and your eyes sparkle

like the pools of Heshbon

by the gate of Bath-Rabbim.

Your nose is beautiful

like Mount Lebanon

above the city of Damascus.

5Your head is held high

like Mount Carmel;

your hair is so lovely

it holds a king prisoner.

6You are beautiful,

so very desirable!

7You are tall and slender

like a palm tree,

and your breasts are full.

8I will climb that tree

and cling to its branches.

I will discover that your breasts

are clusters of grapes,

and that your breath

is the aroma of apples.

9Kissing you is more delicious

than drinking the finest wine.

How wonderful and tasty!

She speaks:

10My darling, I am yours,

and you desire me.

11Let's stroll through the fields

and sleep in the villages.

12At dawn let's slip out and see

if grapevines and fruit trees

are covered with blossoms.

When we are there,

I will give you my love.

13Perfume from the magic flower

fills the air, my darling.

Right at our doorstep

I have stored up for you

all kinds of tasty fruits.

If only you and I…

She speaks:

1If you were my brother,

I could kiss you

whenever we happen to meet,

and no one would say

I did wrong.

2I could take you to the home

of my mother,

who taught me all I know.

I would give you delicious wine

and fruit juice as well.

3Put your left hand under my head

and embrace me

with your right arm.

4Young women of Jerusalem,

promise me by the power

of deer and gazelles

never to awaken love

before it is ready.

Their friends speak:

5Who is this young woman

coming in from the desert

and leaning on the shoulder

of the one she loves?

She speaks:

I stirred up your passions

under the apple tree

where you were born.

6Always keep me in your heart

and wear this bracelet

to remember me by.

The passion of love

bursting into flame

is more powerful than death,

stronger than the grave.

7Love cannot be drowned

by oceans or floods;

it cannot be bought,

no matter what is offered.

Their friends speak:

8We have a little sister

whose breasts

are not yet formed.

If someone asks to marry her,

what should we do?

9She isn't a wall

that we can defend

behind a silver shield.

Neither is she a room

that we can protect

behind a wooden door.

She speaks:

10I am a wall around a city,

my breasts are towers,

and just looking at me

brings him great pleasure.

11Solomon has a vineyard

at Baal-Hamon,

which he rents to others

for a thousand pieces

of silver each.

12My vineyard is mine alone!

Solomon can keep his silver

and the others can keep

their share of the profits.

He speaks:

13You are in the garden

with friends all around.

Let me hear your voice!

She speaks:

14Hurry to me, my darling!

Run faster than a deer

to mountains of spices.

Song of Songs 5:1-8:14CEVOpen in Bible reader

From death to life

1In the past you were dead because you sinned and fought against God. 2You followed the ways of this world and obeyed the devil. He rules the world, and his spirit has power over everyone who doesn't obey God. 3Once we were also ruled by the selfish desires of our bodies and minds. We had made God angry, and we were going to be punished like everyone else.

4-5But God was merciful! We were dead because of our sins, but God loved us so much that he made us alive with Christ, and God's wonderful kindness is what saves you. 6God raised us from death to life with Christ Jesus, and he has given us a place beside Christ in heaven. 7God did this so that in the future world he could show how truly good and kind he is to us because of what Christ Jesus has done. 8You were saved by faith in God, who treats us much better than we deserve. This is God's gift to you, and not anything you have done on your own. 9It isn't something you have earned, so there is nothing you can boast about. 10God planned for us to do good things and to live as he has always wanted us to live. That's why he sent Christ to make us what we are.

United by Christ

11Don't forget that you are Gentiles. In fact, you used to be called “uncircumcised” by those who take pride in being circumcised. 12At that time you did not know about Christ. You were foreigners to the people of Israel, and you had no part in the promises that God had made to them. You were living in this world without hope and without God, 13and you were far from God. But Christ offered his life's blood as a sacrifice and brought you near God.

14Christ has made peace between Jews and Gentiles, and he has united us by breaking down the wall of hatred that separated us. Christ gave his own body 15to destroy the Law of Moses with all its rules and commands. He even brought Jews and Gentiles together as though we were only one person, when he united us in peace. 16On the cross Christ did away with our hatred for each other. He also made peace between us and God by uniting Jews and Gentiles in one body. 17Christ came and preached peace to you Gentiles, who were far from God, and peace to us Jews, who were near God. 18And because of Christ, all of us can come to the Father by the same Spirit.

19You Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens with everyone else who belongs to the family of God. 20You are like a building with the apostles and prophets as the foundation and with Christ as the most important stone. 21Christ is the one who holds the building together and makes it grow into a holy temple for the Lord. 22And you are part of that building Christ has built as a place for God's own Spirit to live.

Ephesians 2:1-22CEVOpen in Bible reader
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