Song of Solomon 3:2
New International Version
I will get up now and go about the city, through its streets and squares; I will search for the one my heart loves. So I looked for him but did not find him.

New Living Translation
So I said to myself, “I will get up and roam the city, searching in all its streets and squares. I will search for the one I love.” So I searched everywhere but did not find him.

English Standard Version
I will rise now and go about the city, in the streets and in the squares; I will seek him whom my soul loves. I sought him, but found him not.

Berean Study Bible
I will arise now and go about the city, through the streets and squares. I will seek the one I love. So I sought him but did not find him.

New American Standard Bible
'I must arise now and go about the city; In the streets and in the squares I must seek him whom my soul loves.' I sought him but did not find him.

King James Bible
I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not.

Christian Standard Bible
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.

Contemporary English Version
So I searched through the town for the one I love. I looked on every street, but he wasn't there.

Good News Translation
I went wandering through the city, through its streets and alleys. I looked for the one I love. I looked, but couldn't find him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
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.

International Standard Version
I'll get up and go all around the city, throughout the streets, and in the squares. I'll seek the one I love. I sought him, but didn't find him.

NET Bible
"I will arise and look all around throughout the town, and throughout the streets and squares; I will search for my beloved." I searched for him but I did not find him.

New Heart English Bible
I will get up now, and go about the city; in the streets and in the squares I will seek him whom my soul loves. I sought him, but I did not find him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I will get up now and roam around the city, in the streets, and in the squares. I will look for the one I love. I looked for him but did not find him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I will rise now, and go about the city, In the streets and in the broad ways, I will seek him whom my soul loveth.' I sought him, but I found him not.

New American Standard 1977
‘I must arise now and go about the city; In the streets and in the squares I must seek him whom my soul loves.’ I sought him but did not find him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I will rise now and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loves; I sought him, but I did not find him.

King James 2000 Bible
I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the squares I will seek him whom my soul loves: I sought him, but I found him not.

American King James Version
I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loves: I sought him, but I found him not.

American Standard Version
I said , I will rise now, and go about the city; In the streets and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I will rise now, and go about in the city, in the market-places, and in the streets, and I will seek him whom my soul loves: I sought him, but I found him not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I will rise, and will go about the city: in the streets and the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, and I found him not.

Darby Bible Translation
I will rise now, and go about the city; In the streets and in the broadways Will I seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not.

English Revised Version
I said, I will rise now, and go about the city, in the streets and in the broad ways, I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not.

Webster's Bible Translation
I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not.

World English Bible
I will get up now, and go about the city; in the streets and in the squares I will seek him whom my soul loves. I sought him, but I didn't find him.

Young's Literal Translation
-- Pray, let me rise, and go round the city, In the streets and in the broad places, I seek him whom my soul hath loved! -- I sought him, and I found him not.
Study Bible
The Bride's Dream
1On my bed at night I sought the one I love; I sought him, but did not find him. 2I will arise now and go about the city, through the streets and squares. I will seek the one I love. So I sought him but did not find him. 3I encountered the watchmen on their rounds of the city: “Have you seen the one I love?”…
Cross References
Jeremiah 5:1
Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem. Look now and take note; search her squares. If you can find a single person, anyone who acts justly, anyone who seeks the truth, then I will forgive the city.

Song of Solomon 3:3
I encountered the watchmen on their rounds of the city: "Have you seen the one I love?"

Treasury of Scripture

I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loves: I sought him, but I found him not.

will rise

Song of Solomon 5:5
I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock.

Isaiah 64:7
And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.

John 1:6
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

the streets

Proverbs 1:20,21
Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: …

Proverbs 8:2,3,34
She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths…

Luke 14:21-23
So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind…

i sought

Psalm 22:1,2
To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? …

Psalm 42:7-9
Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me…

Psalm 43:2-5
For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? …







Lexicon
I will arise
אָק֨וּמָה (’ā·qū·māh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6965: To arise, stand up, stand

now
נָּ֜א (nā)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 4994: I pray', 'now', 'then'

and go about
וַאֲסוֹבְבָ֣ה (wa·’ă·sō·wḇ·ḇāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5437: To turn about, go around, surround

the city,
בָעִ֗יר (ḇā·‘îr)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5892: Excitement

through the streets
בַּשְּׁוָקִים֙ (baš·šə·wā·qîm)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7784: A street

and squares.
וּבָ֣רְחֹב֔וֹת (ū·ḇā·rə·ḥō·ḇō·wṯ)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7339: A broad open place, plaza

I will seek
אֲבַקְשָׁ֕ה (’ă·ḇaq·šāh)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1245: To search out, to strive after

the one
אֵ֥ת (’êṯ)
Direct object marker
Strong's Hebrew 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case

I
נַפְשִׁ֑י (nap̄·šî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

love.
שֶׁאָהֲבָ֖ה (še·’ā·hă·ḇāh)
Pronoun - relative | Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 157: To have affection f

So I sought him
בִּקַּשְׁתִּ֖יו (biq·qaš·tîw)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - first person common singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1245: To search out, to strive after

but did not
וְלֹ֥א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

find him.
מְצָאתִֽיו׃ (mə·ṣā·ṯîw)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4672: To come forth to, appear, exist, to attain, find, acquire, to occur, meet, be present
Verse 2. - (I said) I will rise now, and go about the city, in the streets and in the broad ways; I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not. Delitzsch renders, "So I will arise, then." The words of the maiden are quite inconsistent with the hypothesis of a shepherd lover, for in that case she would seek him, not in the streets, but outside the city. Some think the city referred to is Jerusalem, with its markets and streets - the royal city (cf. Proverbs 7:11). If it is a dream, it will be unnecessary to decide to what city the words refer. The idea of the speaker would seem to be either that she was at the time within the walls of the city referred to, or that she was in some dwelling near. But a dream is not always consistent with the real circumstances of the dreamer. Taking it as a reminiscence of first love, it seems better to understand the city as only imaginary, or some neighbouring town in the north. 3:1-5 It was hard to the Old Testament church to find Christ in the ceremonial law; the watchmen of that church gave little assistance to those who sought after him. The night is a time of coldness, darkness, and drowsiness, and of dim apprehensions concerning spiritual things. At first, when uneasy, some feeble efforts are made to obtain the comfort of communion with Christ. This proves in vain; the believer is then roused to increased diligence. The streets and broad-ways seem to imply the means of grace in which the Lord is to be sought. Application is made to those who watch for men's souls. Immediate satisfaction is not found. We must not rest in any means, but by faith apply directly to Christ. The holding of Christ, and not letting him go, denotes earnest cleaving to him. What prevails is a humble, ardent suing by prayer, with a lively exercise of faith on his promises. So long as the faith of believers keeps hold of Christ, he will not be offended at their earnest asking, yea, he is well pleased with it. The believer desires to make others acquainted with his Saviour. Wherever we find Christ, we must take him home with us to our houses, especially to our hearts; and we should call upon ourselves and each other, to beware of grieving our holy Comforter, and provoking the departure of the Beloved.
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