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.
The Beloved about Her Lover: I was asleep, but my mind 1 was dreaming. 2 Listen! 3 My lover 4 is knocking 5 at the door! 6 The Lover to His Beloved: “Open 7 for me, my sister, my darling, my dove, my flawless one! My head is drenched with dew, my hair with the dampness of the night.”
For he says: “By my strong hand I have accomplished this, by my strategy that I devised. I invaded the territory of nations, 1 and looted their storehouses. Like a mighty conqueror, 2 I brought down rulers. 3
At that time tribute will be brought to the Lord who commands armies, by a people that are tall and smooth-skinned, a people that are feared far and wide, a nation strong and victorious, whose land rivers divide. 1 The tribute 2 will be brought to the place where the Lord who commands armies has chosen to reside, on Mount Zion. 3
So in this way Jacob’s sin will be forgiven, 1 and this is how they will show they are finished sinning: 2 They will make all the stones of the altars 3 like crushed limestone, and the Asherah poles and the incense altars will no longer stand. 4
For you say, “We have made a treaty with death, with Sheol 1 we have made an agreement. 2 When the overwhelming judgment sweeps by 3 it will not reach us. For we have made a lie our refuge, we have hidden ourselves in a deceitful word.” 4
For 1 the burial place is already prepared; 2 it has been made deep and wide for the king. 3 The firewood is piled high on it. 4 The Lord’s breath, like a stream flowing with brimstone, will ignite it.
Hezekiah welcomed 1 them and showed them his storehouse with its silver, gold, spices, and high-quality olive oil, as well as his whole armory and everything in his treasuries. Hezekiah showed them everything in his palace and in his whole kingdom. 2
Go up on a high mountain, O herald Zion! Shout out loudly, O herald Jerusalem! 1 Shout, don’t be afraid! Say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!”
Who stirs up this one from the east? 1 Who 2 officially commissions him for service? 3 He hands nations over to him, 4 and enables him to subdue 5 kings. He makes them like dust with his sword, like windblown straw with his bow. 6
Who decreed this from the beginning, so we could know? Who announced it 1 ahead of time, so we could say, ‘He’s correct’? Indeed, none of them decreed it! Indeed, none of them announced it! Indeed, no one heard you say anything!
Shout for joy, O sky, for the Lord intervenes; 1 shout out, you subterranean regions 2 of the earth. O mountains, give a joyful shout; you too, O forest and all your trees! 3 For the Lord protects 4 Jacob; he reveals his splendor through Israel. 5
This is what the Lord says: “Where is your mother’s divorce certificate by which I divorced her? Or to which of my creditors did I sell you? 1 Look, you were sold because of your sins; 2 because of your rebellious acts I divorced your mother. 3
“Shout for joy, O barren one who has not given birth! Give a joyful shout and cry out, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the desolate one are more numerous than the children of the married woman,” says the Lord.
Behind the door and doorpost you put your symbols. 1 Indeed, 2 you depart from me 3 and go up and invite them into bed with you. 4 You purchase favors from them, 5 you love their bed, and gaze longingly 6 on their genitals. 7
They seek me day after day; they want to know my requirements, 1 like a nation that does what is right and does not reject the law of their God. They ask me for just decrees; they want to be near God.
The spirit of the sovereign Lord is upon me, because the Lord has chosen 1 me. 2 He has commissioned 3 me to encourage 4 the poor, to help 5 the brokenhearted, to decree the release of captives, and the freeing of prisoners,
I will perform a mighty act among them 1 and then send some of those who remain to the nations – to Tarshish, Pul, 2 Lud 3 (known for its archers 4 ), Tubal, Javan, 5 and to the distant coastlands 6 that have not heard about me or seen my splendor. They will tell the nations of my splendor.