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Song of Solomon 1Living Bible (TLB)

This song of songs, more wonderful than any other, was composed by King Solomon:

The Girl:[a] “Kiss me again and again, for your love is sweeter than wine. How fragrant your cologne, and how great your name! No wonder all the young girls love you! Take me with you; come, let’s run!”

The Girl: “The king has brought me into his palace. How happy we will be! Your love is better than wine. No wonder all the young girls love you!”

The Girl: “I am dark but beautiful, O girls of Jerusalem, tanned as the dark tents of Kedar.”

King Solomon: “But lovely as the silken tents of Solomon!”

The Girl: “Don’t look down on me, you city girls,[b] just because my complexion is so dark—the sun has tanned me. My brothers were angry with me and sent me out into the sun* to tend the vineyards, but see what it has done to me!”*

The Girl: “Tell me, O one I love, where are you leading your flock today? Where will you be at noon? For I will come and join you there instead of wandering like a vagabond among the flocks of your companions.”

King Solomon: “If you don’t know, O most beautiful woman in all the world, follow the trail of my flock to the shepherds’ tents, and there feed your sheep and their lambs. What a lovely filly you are,[c] my love! 10 How lovely your cheeks are, with your hair[d] falling down upon them! How stately your neck with that long string of jewels. 11 We shall make you gold earrings and silver beads.”

The Girl: 12 “The king lies on his bed, enchanted by the fragrance of my perfume. 13 My beloved one is a sachet of myrrh lying between my breasts.”

King Solomon: 14 “My beloved is a bouquet of flowers in the gardens of Engedi. 15 How beautiful you are, my love, how beautiful! Your eyes are soft as doves’. 16 What a lovely, pleasant thing you are, lying here upon the grass, 17 shaded by the cedar trees and firs.”

Footnotes:

  1. Song of Solomon 1:1 The Girl. The headings identifying the speakers are conjectures and are not in the original text.
  2. Song of Solomon 1:6 you city girls, implied in v. 5. sent me out into the sun, implied. but see what it has done to me, literally, “but my own vineyards are neglected.”
  3. Song of Solomon 1:9 What a lovely filly you are, literally, “I compare you to my mare harnessed to Pharaoh’s chariot.”
  4. Song of Solomon 1:10 with your hair, literally, “with your ornaments.”
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The Living Bible copyright © 1971 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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