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Song of Solomon 4 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

He Speaks to Her

My darling, you are so beautiful!
    Oh, you are beautiful!
Your eyes are like doves
    under your veil.
Your hair is long and flowing,
    like little goats dancing down the slopes of Mount Gilead.
Your teeth are white like ewes[a]
    just coming from their bath.
They all give birth to twins;
    not one of them has lost a baby.
Your lips are like a red silk thread.
    Your mouth is beautiful.
Your cheeks under your veil
    are like two slices of pomegranate.
Your neck is long and thin
    like David’s tower.
That tower was built to be decorated[b]
    with a thousand shields on its walls,
    with the shields of powerful soldiers.
Your breasts are like twin fawns,
    like twins of a gazelle,
    feeding among the lilies.
I will go to that mountain of myrrh
    and to that hill of frankincense
while the day breathes its last breath,
    and the shadows run away.
My darling, you are beautiful all over.
    Every part of you is perfect.
Come with me, my bride, from Lebanon.
    Come with me from Lebanon.
Come from the peak of Amana,[c]
    from the top of Senir[d] and Hermon,
    from the lion’s caves,
    from the mountain of the leopards.
My darling,[e] my bride, you excite me!
    You have stolen my heart with just one quick look from your eyes,
    with just one of the jewels from your necklace.
10 Your love is so beautiful, my darling, my bride!
    Your love is better than wine.
The smell of your perfume
    is better than any kind of spice!
11 My bride, your lips drip honey.
    Honey and milk are under your tongue.
Your clothes smell as sweet as perfume.[f]
12 My darling, my bride,
    you are pure like a locked garden.
You are like a locked pool,
    a closed fountain.
13 Your limbs are like a garden
    filled with pomegranates and other pleasant fruit,
with all the best spices:
    henna,[g]

14 nard, saffron,[h] calamus,[i] and cinnamon.[j]

Your limbs are like a garden
    filled with trees of frankincense, myrrh, and aloe.
15 You are like a garden fountain—
    a well of fresh water—
    flowing down from the mountains of Lebanon.

She Speaks

16 Wake up, north wind.
    Come, south wind.
Blow on my garden.
    Spread its sweet smell.
Let my lover enter his garden
    and eat its pleasant fruit.

Footnotes:

  1. Song of Solomon 4:2 ewes Female goats.
  2. Song of Solomon 4:4 Your neck … decorated Or “Your neck is like David’s tower, built with rows of stone.” This would mean she wore many necklaces, one above the other, which looked like rows of stone in a tower.
  3. Song of Solomon 4:8 Amana The name of a mountain in Lebanon.
  4. Song of Solomon 4:8 Senir The Amorite word for “Snow Mountain.” This means Mount Hermon.
  5. Song of Solomon 4:9 darling Literally, “sister.” Also in verses 10, 11; 5:1, 2.
  6. Song of Solomon 4:11 perfume Or “Lebanon.”
  7. Song of Solomon 4:13 henna A plant with sweet-smelling, blue-yellow flowers that grows in clusters (groups) like grapes.
  8. Song of Solomon 4:14 saffron A kind of yellow flower used in making perfume.
  9. Song of Solomon 4:14 calamus A kind of reed plant used in making perfume.
  10. Song of Solomon 4:14 cinnamon A kind of plant used as a spice and in making perfume.
Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

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Song of Songs 4 New International Version (NIV)

He

How beautiful you are, my darling!
    Oh, how beautiful!
    Your eyes behind your veil are doves.
Your hair is like a flock of goats
    descending from the hills of Gilead.
Your teeth are like a flock of sheep just shorn,
    coming up from the washing.
Each has its twin;
    not one of them is alone.
Your lips are like a scarlet ribbon;
    your mouth is lovely.
Your temples behind your veil
    are like the halves of a pomegranate.
Your neck is like the tower of David,
    built with courses of stone[a];
on it hang a thousand shields,
    all of them shields of warriors.
Your breasts are like two fawns,
    like twin fawns of a gazelle
    that browse among the lilies.
Until the day breaks
    and the shadows flee,
I will go to the mountain of myrrh
    and to the hill of incense.
You are altogether beautiful, my darling;
    there is no flaw in you.

Come with me from Lebanon, my bride,
    come with me from Lebanon.
Descend from the crest of Amana,
    from the top of Senir, the summit of Hermon,
from the lions’ dens
    and the mountain haunts of leopards.
You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride;
    you have stolen my heart
with one glance of your eyes,
    with one jewel of your necklace.
10 How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride!
    How much more pleasing is your love than wine,
and the fragrance of your perfume
    more than any spice!
11 Your lips drop sweetness as the honeycomb, my bride;
    milk and honey are under your tongue.
The fragrance of your garments
    is like the fragrance of Lebanon.
12 You are a garden locked up, my sister, my bride;
    you are a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain.
13 Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates
    with choice fruits,
    with henna and nard,
14     nard and saffron,
    calamus and cinnamon,
    with every kind of incense tree,
    with myrrh and aloes
    and all the finest spices.
15 You are[b] a garden fountain,
    a well of flowing water
    streaming down from Lebanon.

She

16 Awake, north wind,
    and come, south wind!
Blow on my garden,
    that its fragrance may spread everywhere.
Let my beloved come into his garden
    and taste its choice fruits.

Footnotes:

  1. Song of Songs 4:4 The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
  2. Song of Songs 4:15 Or I am (spoken by She)
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