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Song of Solomon 1Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

The Ultimate Song, by Shlomo:

[She]

Let him smother me with kisses from his mouth,
for your love is better than wine.
Your anointing oils have a wonderful fragrance;
your name is like anointing oil poured out.
This is why young women love you —
“Take me with you. We will run after you.”
The king has brought me into his rooms.

[Chorus]

We will be glad and rejoice for you.
We will praise your love more than wine.
How right it is for them to love you!

[She]

I am dark tan but beautiful,
you daughters of Yerushalayim,
like the tents of Kedar,
like the curtains of Shlomo.
Don’t stare at me because I’m dark;
it’s the sun that tanned me.
My mother’s sons were angry with me
and made me look after the vineyards.
But I haven’t cared for my own vineyard.

Tell me, my love, where you pasture your flock,
where you have them rest at noon;
for why should I veil myself [like a whore]
beside the flocks of your friends?

[Chorus]

If you do not know,
you most beautiful of women,
then follow the footprints of the flock
and let your kids graze by the shepherds’ tents.

[He]

My love, I compare you with my mare,
pulling one of Pharaoh’s chariots —
10 your cheeks are lovely with ornaments,
your neck with its strings of beads;
11 we will make you ornaments
of gold, studded with silver.

[She]

12 As the king reclines at table,
my nard gives forth its perfume:
13 to me the man I love is a sachet of myrrh
lodged between my breasts;
14 to me the man I love is a spray of henna flowers
in the vineyards of ‘Ein-Gedi.

[He]

15 Look at you, my love! How beautiful you are!
Your eyes are doves —

[She]

16             — Look at you!
So handsome, so pleasing, my darling!
Our bed is the greenery;
17 cedars are the beams of our houses,
cypresses the rafters.

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved.

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