Song of Solomon 3Contemporary English Version (CEV)
3 While in bed at night, I reached for the one I love with heart and soul. I looked for him, but he wasn’t there. 2 So I searched through the town for the one I love. I looked on every street, but he wasn’t there. 3 I even asked the guards patrolling the town, “Have you seen the one I love so much?” 4 Right after that, I found him. I held him and would not let go until I had taken him to the home of my mother. 5 Young women of Jerusalem, promise me by the power of deer and gazelles,[a] never to awaken love before it is ready.
The Groom and the Wedding Party
Their Friends Speak:
6 What do we see approaching from the desert like a cloud of smoke? With it comes the sweet smell of spices, including myrrh and frankincense. 7 It is King Solomon carried on a throne, surrounded by sixty of Israel’s best soldiers. 8 Each of them wears a sword. They are experts at fighting, even in the dark. 9 The throne is made of trees from Lebanon. 10 Its posts are silver, the back is gold, and the seat is covered with purple cloth. You women of Jerusalem have taken great care to furnish the inside.[b] 11 Now come and see the crown given to Solomon by his mother on his happy wedding day.
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