3 ·At night [or During many nights] on my bed, I ·looked [searched] for the one ·I love [my soul loves]; I ·looked [searched] for him, but I could not find him. 2 I ·got [rose] up and went around the city, in the streets and ·squares [public areas], ·looking [searching] for the one ·I love [my soul loves]. I ·looked [searched] for him, but I could not find him. 3 The ·watchmen [guards; C ancient equivalent to the police] found me as they patrolled the city, so I asked, “Have you seen the one ·I love [L my soul loves]?” 4 ·As soon as [or A little while after] I had left them, I found the one ·I love [L my soul loves]. I ·held [seized; grabbed] him and would not let him go until I brought him to my mother’s house, to the room where ·I was born [L she conceived me; 8:2].
The Woman Speaks to the Friends
5 ·Women [L Daughters] of Jerusalem [1:5], ·promise me [I adjure you] by the gazelles and the deer of the field [C in Hebrew sounds like “by the (Lord) of Hosts” or “by God Almighty”] not to awaken or ·excite [arouse] love until it ·is ready [so desires; C likely a warning to the women to wait for love until the right person comes along; 2:7; 8:4]. 6 ·Who [or What] is this coming out of the ·desert [wilderness] like a ·cloud [pillar] of smoke? ·Who is this that smells like [L …perfumed with] myrrh, ·incense [frankincense], and ·other spices [L from all the scented powders of the trader]? 7 Look, it’s Solomon’s ·couch [palanquin; litter; C a bed carried by servants] with sixty soldiers around it, the ·finest soldiers [heroes; mighty men] of Israel. 8 These soldiers all carry swords and have been trained in war. Every man wears a sword at his ·side [thigh] and is ready for the dangers of the night. 9 King Solomon had a ·couch [litter; v. 7] made for himself of wood from Lebanon. 10 He made its posts of silver and its ·braces [canopy] of gold. The seat was covered with purple [C the color of royalty] cloth that the ·women [L daughters] of Jerusalem [1:5] ·wove [inlaid its interior] with love. 11 ·Women [L Daughters] of ·Jerusalem [L Zion; 1:5], go out and see King Solomon. He is wearing the crown his mother put on his head on his wedding day, when his heart was happy!
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