Song of Songs 3-4
New International Version
3 All night long on my bed
I looked(A) for the one my heart loves;
I looked for him but did not find him.
2 I will get up now and go about the city,
through its streets and squares;
I will search for the one my heart loves.
So I looked for him but did not find him.
3 The watchmen found me
as they made their rounds in the city.(B)
“Have you seen the one my heart loves?”
4 Scarcely had I passed them
when I found the one my heart loves.
I held him and would not let him go
till I had brought him to my mother’s house,(C)
to the room of the one who conceived me.(D)
5 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you(E)
by the gazelles and by the does of the field:
Do not arouse or awaken love
until it so desires.(F)
6 Who is this coming up from the wilderness(G)
like a column of smoke,
perfumed with myrrh(H) and incense
made from all the spices(I) of the merchant?
7 Look! It is Solomon’s carriage,
escorted by sixty warriors,(J)
the noblest of Israel,
8 all of them wearing the sword,
all experienced in battle,
each with his sword at his side,
prepared for the terrors of the night.(K)
9 King Solomon made for himself the carriage;
he made it of wood from Lebanon.
10 Its posts he made of silver,
its base of gold.
Its seat was upholstered with purple,
its interior inlaid with love.
Daughters of Jerusalem, 11 come out,
and look, you daughters of Zion.(L)
Look[a] on King Solomon wearing a crown,
the crown with which his mother crowned him
on the day of his wedding,
the day his heart rejoiced.(M)
4 How beautiful you are, my darling!
Oh, how beautiful!
Your eyes behind your veil(N) are doves.(O)
Your hair is like a flock of goats
descending from the hills of Gilead.(P)
2 Your teeth are like a flock of sheep just shorn,
coming up from the washing.
Each has its twin;
not one of them is alone.(Q)
3 Your lips are like a scarlet ribbon;
your mouth(R) is lovely.(S)
Your temples behind your veil
are like the halves of a pomegranate.(T)
4 Your neck is like the tower(U) of David,
built with courses of stone[b];
on it hang a thousand shields,(V)
all of them shields of warriors.
5 Your breasts(W) are like two fawns,
like twin fawns of a gazelle(X)
that browse among the lilies.(Y)
6 Until the day breaks
and the shadows flee,(Z)
I will go to the mountain of myrrh(AA)
and to the hill of incense.
7 You are altogether beautiful,(AB) my darling;
there is no flaw(AC) in you.
8 Come with me from Lebanon, my bride,(AD)
come with me from Lebanon.
Descend from the crest of Amana,
from the top of Senir,(AE) the summit of Hermon,(AF)
from the lions’ dens
and the mountain haunts of leopards.
9 You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride;(AG)
you have stolen my heart
with one glance of your eyes,
with one jewel of your necklace.(AH)
10 How delightful(AI) is your love(AJ), my sister, my bride!
How much more pleasing is your love than wine,(AK)
and the fragrance of your perfume(AL)
more than any spice!
11 Your lips drop sweetness as the honeycomb, my bride;
milk and honey are under your tongue.(AM)
The fragrance of your garments
is like the fragrance of Lebanon.(AN)
12 You are a garden(AO) locked up, my sister, my bride;(AP)
you are a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain.(AQ)
13 Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates(AR)
with choice fruits,
with henna(AS) and nard,
14 nard and saffron,
calamus and cinnamon,(AT)
with every kind of incense tree,
with myrrh(AU) and aloes(AV)
and all the finest spices.(AW)
15 You are[c] a garden(AX) fountain,(AY)
a well of flowing water
streaming down from Lebanon.