The Young Shulammite Bride and Jerusalem’s Daughters

The [a]Song of (A)Songs, which is Solomon’s.

[b]May he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!
For your (B)love is better than wine.
“Your (C)oils have a pleasing fragrance,
Your (D)name is like [c]purified oil;
Therefore the [d](E)maidens love you.
“Draw me after you and let us run together!
The (F)king has brought me into his chambers.”

[e]We will rejoice in you and be glad;
We will [f]extol your (G)love more than wine.
Rightly do they love you.”

[g]I am black but (H)lovely,
O (I)daughters of Jerusalem,
Like the (J)tents of (K)Kedar,
Like the curtains of Solomon.
“Do not stare at me because I am [h]swarthy,
For the sun has burned me.
My (L)mother’s sons were angry with me;
They made me (M)caretaker of the vineyards,
But I have not taken care of my own vineyard.
“Tell me, O you (N)whom my soul loves,
Where do you (O)pasture your flock,
Where do you make it (P)lie down at noon?
For why should I be like one who [i]veils herself
Beside the flocks of your (Q)companions?”

Solomon, the Lover, Speaks

[j]If you yourself do not know,
(R)Most beautiful among women,
Go forth on the trail of the flock
And pasture your young goats
By the tents of the shepherds.

[k]To me, (S)my darling, you are like
My (T)mare among the chariots of Pharaoh.
10 “Your (U)cheeks are lovely with ornaments,
Your neck with strings of (V)beads.”

11 [l]We will make for you ornaments of gold
With beads of silver.”

12 [m]While the king was at his [n]table,
My [o](W)perfume gave forth its fragrance.
13 “My beloved is to me a pouch of (X)myrrh
Which lies all night between my breasts.
14 “My beloved is to me a cluster of (Y)henna blossoms
In the vineyards of (Z)Engedi.”

15 [p][q](AA)How beautiful you are, my darling,
[r]How beautiful you are!
Your (AB)eyes are like doves.”

16 [s][t]How handsome you are, (AC)my beloved,
And so pleasant!
Indeed, our couch is luxuriant!
17 “The beams of our houses are (AD)cedars,
Our rafters, [u](AE)cypresses.

Footnotes

  1. Song of Solomon 1:1 Or Best of the Songs
  2. Song of Solomon 1:2 BRIDE
  3. Song of Solomon 1:3 Lit oil which is emptied (from one vessel to another)
  4. Song of Solomon 1:3 Or virgins
  5. Song of Solomon 1:4 CHORUS
  6. Song of Solomon 1:4 Lit mention with praise
  7. Song of Solomon 1:5 BRIDE
  8. Song of Solomon 1:6 Or black
  9. Song of Solomon 1:7 Some versions read wanders
  10. Song of Solomon 1:8 BRIDEGROOM
  11. Song of Solomon 1:9 Lit I have compared you to
  12. Song of Solomon 1:11 CHORUS
  13. Song of Solomon 1:12 BRIDE
  14. Song of Solomon 1:12 Or couch
  15. Song of Solomon 1:12 Lit nard
  16. Song of Solomon 1:15 BRIDEGROOM
  17. Song of Solomon 1:15 Lit Behold
  18. Song of Solomon 1:15 Lit Behold
  19. Song of Solomon 1:16 BRIDE
  20. Song of Solomon 1:16 Lit Behold
  21. Song of Solomon 1:17 Or junipers

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