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Song of Solomon 3Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

She Speaks

At night on my bed,
    I look for the man I love.
I looked for him,
    but I could not find him.
I will get up now!
    I will go around the city.
In the streets and squares,
    I will look for the man I love.

I looked for him,
    but I could not find him.
The guards patrolling the city found me.
    I asked them, “Have you seen the man I love?”

I had just left the guards
    when I found the man I love!
I held him and would not let him go,
    while I took him to my mother’s house,
    to the room of one who bore[a] me.

She Speaks to the Women

Women of Jerusalem, promise me
    by the gazelles and wild deer,
don’t awaken love,
    don’t arouse love, until I am ready.[b]

The Women of Jerusalem Speak

Who is this woman
    coming from the desert[c]
    with this large group of people?
The dust rises behind them
    like clouds of smoke from burning myrrh and frankincense and other spices.[d]

Look, Solomon’s traveling chair.[e]
    There are 60 soldiers guarding it,
    strong soldiers of Israel.
All of them are trained fighting men
    with their swords at their side,
    ready for any danger of the night.

King Solomon made a traveling chair for himself.
    The wood came from Lebanon.
10 The poles were made from silver,
    and the supports were made from gold.
The seat was covered with purple cloth.
    It was inlaid with love by the women of Jerusalem.

11 Women of Zion, come out
    and see King Solomon.
See the crown[f] his mother put on him
    the day he was married,
    the day he was so happy!

Footnotes:

  1. Song of Solomon 3:4 bore Or “taught.” See 8:2.
  2. Song of Solomon 3:5 until I am ready Literally, “until it desires.”
  3. Song of Solomon 3:6 woman coming from the desert See 8:5.
  4. Song of Solomon 3:6 spices Literally, “powders of the trader.” These were imported spices and incense.
  5. Song of Solomon 3:7 traveling chair A kind of chair that the rich traveled in. These chairs were covered and had poles that slaves used to carry them. Also in verse 9.
  6. Song of Solomon 3:11 crown This might be a wreath of flowers he wore on his head at his wedding.
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