Like an apricot tree among the trees of the forest, so is my love among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste.
In my bed at night I sought the one I love; I sought him, but did not find him.
I will arise now and go about the city, through the streets and the plazas. I will seek the one I love. I sought him, but did not find him.
The guards who go about the city found me. "Have you seen the one I love?" [I asked them].
I had just passed them when I found the one I love. I held on to him and would not let him go until I brought him to my mother's house-- to the chamber of the one who conceived me.
Young women of Jerusalem, I charge you: if you find my love, tell him that I am lovesick.
My love is fit and strong, notable among ten thousand.
His mouth is sweetness. He is absolutely desirable. This is my love, and this is my friend, young women of Jerusalem.
[For the choir director. Of the servant of the LORD, David, who spoke the words of this song to the LORD on the day the LORD rescued him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said:] I love You, LORD, my strength.
I love the LORD because He has heard my appeal for mercy.
I will sing about the one I love, a song about my loved one's vineyard: The one I love had a vineyard on a very fertile hill.
I long for You in the night; yes, my spirit within me diligently seeks You, for when Your judgments are [in] the land, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
The person who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; the person who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
He asked him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time, "Do you love Me?" He said, "Lord, You know everything! You know that I love You." "Feed My sheep," Jesus said.
You love Him, though you have not seen Him. And though not seeing Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy,
So the honor is for you who believe; but for the unbelieving, The stone that the builders rejected-- this One has become the cornerstone, and
"I'm looking for my brothers," Joseph said. "Can you tell me where they are pasturing [their flocks]?"
[A Davidic psalm.] The LORD is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack.
He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.
[For the choir director: according to "The Lilies." A testimony of Asaph. A psalm.] Listen, Shepherd of Israel, who guides Joseph like a flock; You who sit enthroned [on] the cherubim, rise up
He protects His flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries [them] in the fold of His [garment]. He gently leads those that are nursing.
He will stand and shepherd [them] in the strength of Yahweh, in the majestic name of Yahweh His God. They will live securely, for then His greatness will extend to the ends of the earth.
"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish-- ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand.
My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.
Because the Lamb who is at the center of the throne will shepherd them; He will guide them to springs of living waters, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Samuel replied, "Don't be afraid. Even though you have committed all this evil, don't turn away from following the LORD. Instead, worship the LORD with all your heart.
Don't turn away to follow worthless things that can't profit or deliver you; they are worthless.
[Davidic.] LORD, I call to You; my rock, do not be deaf to me. If You remain silent to me, I will be like those going down to the Pit.
Therefore Jesus said to the Twelve, "You don't want to go away too, do you?"
Simon Peter answered, "Lord, who will we go to? You have the words of eternal life.
We have come to believe and know that You are the Holy One of God!"
They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. However, they went out so that it might be made clear that none of them belongs to us.
Above all, [put on] love-- the perfect bond of unity.
And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful.
Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God.
And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Wives, be submissive to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.