The Song of Songs 5
1 I came into my garden, O my sister, my bride; I harvested my myrrh with my spices; I ate my bread with my honey And drank my wine with my milk. O friends, eat and drink, And O brothers, drink abundantly.†
2 I sleep, but my heart keeps watch; The voice of my beloved—he knocks at the door! “Open to me, my sister, my companion, My dove, my perfect one; For my head is wet with dew, And my locks of hair with the drops of the night.”†
3 I have taken off my tunic; how can I put it back on? I have washed my feet; how can I dirty them?†
4 My beloved put his hand by the opening of the door, And my heart was stirred by him.
5 I arose to open to my beloved; My hands dripped with myrrh, My fingers with choice myrrh, Upon the handles of the door.†
6 I opened it for my beloved, But my beloved had passed by. My soul went after him because of his word, And I sought him, but did not find him; I called him, but he did not answer me.†
7 The watchmen who encircled the city found me. They struck and wounded me; The guards of the walls removed my veil.†
8 I implore you, O daughters of Jerusalem, By the hosts and powers of the field, If you find my beloved, what should you tell him? That I am wounded with love.
9 What is your beloved more than another beloved, My beautiful one among women? What is your beloved more than another beloved, That you implore us?
10 My beloved is a shining and fiery light, Chosen from countless thousands.†
11 His head is like refined gold; His locks of hair are shiny and black, Like a raven’s feathers.
12 His eyes are like those of doves Sitting by pools of water, Having eyes bathed in milk and fitly set.
13 His cheeks are like bowls of spices Pouring forth perfumes. His lips are lilies dripping choice myrrh.
14 His hands are like elaborate gold Set with precious stones. His stomach is like an ivory tablet Inlaid with sapphire stones.
15 His legs are like pillars of marble Established on golden feet. His appearance is like Lebanon, Choice as the cedar trees.
16 His mouth is most sweet and altogether desirable. This is my beloved, my companion, O daughters of Jerusalem!
The Song of Songs 6
1 Where has your beloved gone, You beautiful one among women? Where has your beloved turned his attention? For we will seek him with you.†
2 My beloved has gone down to his garden, To the beds of spice, To shepherd his sheep in the gardens And to gather lilies.†
3 I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine, He who shepherds his sheep among the lilies.
4 You are beautiful, my companion, You are my good pleasure; You are as beautiful as Jerusalem; You are as awesome as an army set in array.
5 Turn away your eyes from before me, For they have ravished me. Your hair is like flocks of goats Coming down from Gilead.†
6 Your teeth are as flocks of sheep That are sheared, Which came up from the washing. All of them bear twins, And none among them is barren.
7 Your lips are like scarlet thread, And your manner of speech is lovely. Your cheeks outside your veil Are like the rind of a pomegranate.
8 There are sixty queens And eighty concubines, And maidens without number.†
9 My dove, my perfect one is the only one; And she is the only one of her mother, The choice of the one who bore her. The daughters saw her And considered her blessed. The queens and the concubines will also praise her.
10 Who is she who looks forth as the early morning, Beautiful as the moon, Choice as the sun, Awesome as armies set in array?†
11 I went down to the orchard of nut trees To see the fruits of the valley, To see if the vineyard had blossomed And if the pomegranates had put forth blossoms. There I will give my breasts to you:†
12 My soul did not know it. It made me as the chariots of Amminadab.
16 To Him who led His people through the wilderness, For His mercy endures forever; To Him who drew water from the hard rock, For His mercy endures forever;
17 To Him who struck down great kings, For His mercy endures forever,
18 And killed mighty kings, For His mercy endures forever,
19 Sihon king of the Amorites, For His mercy endures forever,
20 And Og king of Bashan, For His mercy endures forever,
21 And who gave their land as an inheritance, For His mercy endures forever,
22 An inheritance for Israel His servant, For His mercy endures forever.
23 For in our humiliation the Lord remembered us, For His mercy endures forever;
24 And He redeemed us from our enemies, For His mercy endures forever;
25 Who gave food to all flesh, For His mercy endures forever.
26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, For His mercy endures forever; Give thanks to the Lord of lords, For His mercy endures forever.
13 When a creditor and a debtor meet with one another, The Lord watches both of them.
14 When a king judges the poor truly, His throne shall be established as a testimony.
15 Blows and reproofs give wisdom, But a child who goes astray shames his parents.
16 When the ungodly are many, there are many sins, But when they fall, the righteous are fearful.
17 Instruct your son, and he shall give you rest, And he will delight your soul.
18 There shall be no interpreter of the law for a lawless nation, But he who guards the law is very blessed.
Day 50: Pentecost
1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.†
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.†
Witness to the World
5 And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven.
6 And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.
7 Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans?
8 And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born?
9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,
11 Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.”
12 So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?”
13 Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine.”
Witness to the Jews: Peter’s Sermon
14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words.†
15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.
The Holy Spirit Has Come
16 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:†
17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.
18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in heaven above And signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD.
21 And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved.’