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Song of Solomon 1Revised Standard Version (RSV)

The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s.

Colloquy of Bride and Friends

O that you[a] would kiss me with the kisses of your[b] mouth!
For your love is better than wine,
    your anointing oils are fragrant,
your name is oil poured out;
    therefore the maidens love you.
Draw me after you, let us make haste.
    The king has brought me into his chambers.
We will exult and rejoice in you;
    we will extol your love more than wine;
    rightly do they love you.

I am very dark, but comely,
    O daughters of Jerusalem,
like the tents of Kedar,
    like the curtains of Solomon.
Do not gaze at me because I am swarthy,
    because the sun has scorched me.
My mother’s sons were angry with me,
    they made me keeper of the vineyards;
    but, my own vineyard I have not kept!
Tell me, you whom my soul loves,
    where you pasture your flock,
    where you make it lie down at noon;
for why should I be like one who wanders[c]
    beside the flocks of your companions?

If you do not know,
    O fairest among women,
follow in the tracks of the flock,
    and pasture your kids
    beside the shepherds’ tents.

Colloquy of Bridegroom, Friends, and Bride

I compare you, my love,
    to a mare of Pharaoh’s chariots.
10 Your cheeks are comely with ornaments,
    your neck with strings of jewels.
11 We will make you ornaments of gold,
    studded with silver.

12 While the king was on his couch,
    my nard gave forth its fragrance.
13 My beloved is to me a bag of myrrh,
    that lies between my breasts.
14 My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms
    in the vineyards of En-ge′di.

15 Behold, you are beautiful, my love;
    behold, you are beautiful;
    your eyes are doves.
16 Behold, you are beautiful, my beloved,
    truly lovely.
Our couch is green;
17     the beams of our house are cedar,
    our rafters[d] are pine.


  1. Song of Solomon 1:2 Heb he
  2. Song of Solomon 1:2 Heb his
  3. Song of Solomon 1:7 Gk Syr Vg: Heb is veiled
  4. Song of Solomon 1:17 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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