Song of Solomon 1Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
2 W Oh, that he would kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!
For your love is more delightful than wine.
3 The fragrance of your perfume is intoxicating;
your name is perfume poured out.
No wonder young women adore you.
4 Take me with you—let us hurry.
Oh, that the king would bring me to his chambers.
Y We will rejoice and be glad for you;
we will praise your love more than wine.
W It is only right that they adore you.
5 Daughters of Jerusalem,
I am dark like the tents of Kedar,
yet lovely like the curtains of Solomon.
6 Do not stare at me because I am dark,
for the sun has gazed on me.
My mother’s sons were angry with me;
they made me a keeper of the vineyards.
I have not kept my own vineyard.
7 Tell me, you, the one I love:
Where do you pasture your sheep?
Where do you let them rest at noon?
Why should I be like one who veils herself
beside the flocks of your companions?
8 M If you do not know,
most beautiful of women,
follow the tracks of the flock,
and pasture your young goats
near the shepherds’ tents.
9 I compare you, my darling,
to a mare among Pharaoh’s chariots.
10 Your cheeks are beautiful with jewelry,
your neck with its necklace.
11 We will make gold jewelry for you,
accented with silver.
12 W While the king is on his couch,
my perfume releases its fragrance.
13 My love is a sachet of myrrh to me,
spending the night between my breasts.
14 My love is a cluster of henna blossoms to me,
in the vineyards of En-gedi.
15 M How beautiful you are, my darling.
How very beautiful!
Your eyes are doves.
16 W How handsome you are, my love.
Our bed is lush with foliage;
17 the beams of our house are cedars,
and our rafters are cypresses.