She said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when you will not share your secret with me? 1 Three times you have deceived me and have not told me what makes you so strong.”
He built towers in the desert and dug many cisterns, for he owned many herds in the lowlands 1 and on the plain. He had workers in the fields and vineyards in the hills and in Carmel, 2 for he loved agriculture. 3
The Beloved to Her Lover: Tell me, O you whom my heart 1 loves, where do you pasture your sheep? Where do you rest your sheep during the midday heat? Tell me lest 2 I wander around 3 beside the flocks of your companions!
The Lover to His Beloved: O my dove, 1 in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places of the mountain crags, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.
“Indeed, 1 long ago you threw off my authority and refused to be subject to me. 2 You said, ‘I will not serve you.’ 3 Instead, you gave yourself to other gods on every high hill and under every green tree, like a prostitute sprawls out before her lovers. 4
They will be spread out and exposed to the sun, the moon and the stars. 1 These are things they 2 adored and served, things to which they paid allegiance, 3 from which they sought guidance, and worshiped. The bones of these people 4 will never be regathered and reburied. They will be like manure used to fertilize the ground. 5
“‘Then I passed by you and watched you, noticing 1 that you had reached the age for love. 2 I spread my cloak 3 over you and covered your nakedness. I swore a solemn oath to you and entered into a marriage covenant with you, declares the sovereign Lord, and you became mine.
Then Pilate said, 1 “So you are a king!” Jesus replied, “You say that I am a king. For this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world – to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to 2 my voice.”