1 Solomon’s Song of Songs [C the best of songs and a song composed of many songs].
The Woman Speaks to the Man She Loves
2 Kiss me with the kisses of your mouth, because your love is better than wine [C makes one light-headed]. 3 The ·smell [scent] of your ·perfume [cologne; L oil] is ·pleasant [wonderful], and your ·name [reputation] is pleasant like ·expensive [or poured out] ·perfume [cologne; L oil]. That’s why the young women love you. 4 ·Take me with [L Draw me after] you; let’s run together. The king takes me into his ·rooms [bedroom; inner chamber].
Friends Speak to the Man
We will rejoice and be happy with you; we praise your love more than wine [v. 2]. With good reason, the young women love you.
The Woman Speaks
5 I’m dark ·but [or and] ·lovely [beautiful; C she was out in the sun because her brothers forced her to work the fields; v. 6], ·women [L daughters] of Jerusalem [C her friends whom she is instructing about love], dark like the tents of Kedar [C desert nomads; Gen. 25:13; Jer. 49:28–29], like the curtains of ·Solomon [or Salma; C south Arabian desert nomads]. 6 Don’t look at how ·dark [swarthy] I am, ·at how dark the sun has made me [L because the sun scorched me]. My ·brothers [L mother’s sons] were angry with me and made me ·tend [or guard] the vineyards, so I haven’t ·tended [or guarded] my own ·vineyard [C referring to her body]! 7 Tell me, you whom I love, where do you ·feed your sheep [graze]? Where do you let them ·rest [lie down] at noon? Why should I look for you near your friend’s sheep, like a woman who wears a veil [C like a prostitute going tent to tent; Gen. 38:14–15]?
The Man Speaks to the Woman
8 You are the most beautiful of women. Surely you know to follow the tracks of the sheep and feed your young goats near the shepherds’ tents. 9 My darling, you are like a mare among the ·king’s [L Pharaoh’s] stallions [C driving them crazy with desire]. 10 Your cheeks are beautiful ·with ornaments [L between earrings], and your neck with ·jewels [a necklace]. 11 We will make for you gold earrings with silver ·hooks [studs].
The Woman Speaks
12 The smell of my ·perfume [nard] spreads out to the king on his couch. 13 My lover is like a ·bag [sachet] of myrrh that ·lies all night [lodges] between my breasts [C intimately]. 14 My lover is like a ·bunch [cluster] of ·flowers [L henna blossoms; C pleasant smelling and used to dye hair red] from the vineyards at En Gedi [C a romantic location with a waterfall near the Dead Sea].
The Man Speaks
15 My darling, you are beautiful! Oh, you are beautiful, and your eyes are like doves [C perhaps fluttering or a reference to softness and beauty].
The Woman Answers the Man
16 You are so handsome, my lover, and so ·pleasant [or lovely]! Our bed is ·the grass [green]. 17 Cedar trees form ·our roof [L the boards of our house]; our ·ceiling [rafters] is made of juniper wood [C they find intimacy outdoors].
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