13 “But the vine answered, ‘Should I give up my wine,(A) which cheers both gods and humans, to hold sway over the trees?’

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19 We have both straw and fodder(A) for our donkeys(B) and bread and wine(C) for ourselves your servants—me, the woman and the young man with us. We don’t need anything.”

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10 On the seventh day, when King Xerxes was in high spirits(A) from wine,(B) he commanded the seven eunuchs who served him—Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona,(C) Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar and Karkas—

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15 wine(A) that gladdens human hearts,
    oil(B) to make their faces shine,
    and bread that sustains(C) their hearts.

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Let beer be for those who are perishing,
    wine(A) for those who are in anguish!

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19 A feast is made for laughter,
    wine(A) makes life merry,
    and money is the answer for everything.

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She[a]

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—
    for your love(A) is more delightful than wine.(B)

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Footnotes

  1. Song of Songs 1:2 The main male and female speakers (identified primarily on the basis of the gender of the relevant Hebrew forms) are indicated by the captions He and She respectively. The words of others are marked Friends. In some instances the divisions and their captions are debatable.