Song of Solomon 5:2
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New International Version
I slept but my heart was awake. Listen! My beloved is knocking: "Open to me, my sister, my darling, my dove, my flawless one. My head is drenched with dew, my hair with the dampness of the night."

New Living Translation
I slept, but my heart was awake, when I heard my lover knocking and calling: "Open to me, my treasure, my darling, my dove, my perfect one. My head is drenched with dew, my hair with the dampness of the night."

English Standard Version
I slept, but my heart was awake. A sound! My beloved is knocking. “Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my perfect one, for my head is wet with dew, my locks with the drops of the night.”

New American Standard Bible
"I was asleep but my heart was awake. A voice! My beloved was knocking: 'Open to me, my sister, my darling, My dove, my perfect one! For my head is drenched with dew, My locks with the damp of the night.'

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I sleep, but my heart is awake. A sound! My love is knocking! M Open to me, my sister, my darling, my dove, my perfect one. For my head is drenched with dew, my hair with droplets of the night. W

International Standard Version
I was asleep, but my heart was awake. There's a sound! My beloved is knocking. "Open up for me, my sister, my darling, my dove, my perfect one. For my head is drenched with dew, my hair with the dampness of the night."

NET Bible
I was asleep, but my mind was dreaming. Listen! My lover is knocking at the door! The Lover to His Beloved: "Open 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."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I sleep, but my mind is awake. Listen! My beloved is knocking. Open to me, my true love, my sister, my dove, my perfect one. My head is wet with dew, my hair with the dewdrops of night.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I sleep, but my heart waketh; Hark! my beloved knocketh: 'Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled; For my head is filled with dew, My locks with the drops of the night.'

New American Standard 1977
“I was asleep, but my heart was awake.
            A voice! My beloved was knocking:
            ‘Open to me, my sister, my darling,
            My dove, my perfect one!
            For my head is drenched with dew,
            My locks with the damp of the night.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
I sleep, but my heart watches for the voice of my beloved that knocks at the door, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my perfect one: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.

King James 2000 Bible
I sleep, but my heart wakes: it is the voice of my beloved that knocks, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my perfect one: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.

American King James Version
I sleep, but my heart wakes: it is the voice of my beloved that knocks, 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.

American Standard Version
I was asleep, but my heart waked: 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, My locks with the drops of the night.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I sleep, and my heart watcheth; the voice of my beloved knocking: Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is full of dew, and my locks of the drops of the nights.

Darby Bible Translation
I slept, but my heart was awake. The voice of my beloved! he knocketh: Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, mine undefiled; For my head is filled with dew, My locks with the drops of the night.

English Revised Version
I was asleep, but my heart waked: 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, my locks with the drops of the night.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

World English Bible
I was asleep, but my heart was awake. It is the voice of my beloved who knocks: "Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled; for my head is filled with dew, and my hair with the dampness of the night."

Young's Literal Translation
I am sleeping, but my heart waketh: The sound of my beloved knocking! 'Open to me, my sister, my friend, My dove, my perfect one, For my head is filled with dew, My locks with drops of the night.'
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
5:2-8 Churches and believers, by carelessness and security, provoke Christ to withdraw. We ought to notice our spiritual slumbers and distempers. Christ knocks to awaken us, knocks by his word and Spirit, knocks by afflictions and by our consciences; thus, Re 3:20. When we are unmindful of Christ, still he thinks of us. Christ's love to us should engage ours to him, even in the most self-denying instances; and we only can be gainers by it. Careless souls put slights on Jesus Christ. Another could not be sent to open the door. Christ calls to us, but we have no mind, or pretend we have no strength, or we have no time, and think we may be excused. Making excuses is making light of Christ. Those put contempt upon Christ, who cannot find in their hearts to bear a cold blast, or to leave a warm bed for him. See the powerful influences of Divine grace. He put in his hand to unbolt the door, as one weary of waiting. This betokens a work of the Spirit upon the soul. The believer's rising above self-indulgence, seeking by prayer for the consolations of Christ, and to remove every hinderance to communion with him; these actings of the soul are represented by the hands dropping sweet-smelling myrrh upon the handles of the locks. But the Beloved was gone! By absenting himself, Christ will teach his people to value his gracious visits more highly. Observe, the soul still calls Christ her Beloved. Every desertion is not despair. Lord, I believe, though I must say, Lord, help my unbelief. His words melted me, yet, wretch that I was, I made excuses. The smothering and stifling of convictions will be very bitter to think of, when God opens our eyes. The soul went in pursuit of him; not only prayed, but used means, sought him in the ways wherein he used to be found. The watchmen wounded me. Some refer it to those who misapply the word to awakened consciences. The charge to the daughters of Jerusalem, seems to mean the distressed believer's desire of the prayers of the feeblest Christian. Awakened souls are more sensible of Christ's withdrawings than of any other trouble.
Study Bible
The Bride Searches for Her Beloved
1"I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride; I have gathered my myrrh along with my balsam. I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey; I have drunk my wine and my milk. Eat, friends; Drink and imbibe deeply, O lovers." 2"I was asleep but my heart was awake. A voice! My beloved was knocking: 'Open to me, my sister, my darling, My dove, my perfect one! For my head is drenched with dew, My locks with the damp of the night.' 3"I have taken off my dress, How can I put it on again? I have washed my feet, How can I dirty them again?…
Cross References
Matthew 7:8
For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

Song of Solomon 1:16
"How handsome you are, my beloved, And so pleasant! Indeed, our couch is luxuriant!

Song of Solomon 2:14
"O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, In the secret place of the steep pathway, Let me see your form, Let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, And your form is lovely."

Song of Solomon 4:9
"You have made my heart beat faster, my sister, my bride; You have made my heart beat faster with a single glance of your eyes, With a single strand of your necklace.

Song of Solomon 5:6
"I opened to my beloved, But my beloved had turned away and had gone! My heart went out to him as he spoke. I searched for him but I did not find him; I called him but he did not answer me.

Song of Solomon 5:11
"His head is like gold, pure gold; His locks are like clusters of dates And black as a raven.

Song of Solomon 6:9
But my dove, my perfect one, is unique: She is her mother's only daughter; She is the pure child of the one who bore her. The maidens saw her and called her blessed, The queens and the concubines also, and they praised her, saying,
Treasury of Scripture

I sleep, but my heart wakes: it is the voice of my beloved that knocks, 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.

sleep

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Daniel 8:18 Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face …

Zechariah 4:1 And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a …

Matthew 25:4,5 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps…

Matthew 26:40,41 And he comes to the disciples, and finds them asleep, and said to …

Luke 9:32 But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and …

Ephesians 5:14 Why he said, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ …

the voice

Songs 2:8,10 The voice of my beloved! behold, he comes leaping on the mountains, …

John 10:4 And when he puts forth his own sheep, he goes before them, and the …

knocketh

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, …

open

Psalm 24:7-10 Lift up your heads, O you gates; and be you lift up, you everlasting …

Psalm 81:10 I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt: …

Proverbs 23:26 My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.

my dove

Songs 2:14 O my dove, that are in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places …

Songs 6:9 My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her mother, …

Psalm 119:1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.

Revelation 3:4 You have a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their …

Revelation 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. …

my head

Songs 8:7 Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: …

Genesis 29:20 And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed to him but …

Genesis 31:40,41 Thus I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by …

Isaiah 50:6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked …

Isaiah 52:14 As many were astonished at you; his visage was so marred more than …

Isaiah 53:3-5 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted …

Matthew 8:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, …

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Mark 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, …

Luke 6:12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain …

Luke 22:44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was …

2 Corinthians 5:14,15 For the love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that …

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ …

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