In my bed at night[a]
I sought the one I love;(A)
I sought him, but did not find him.[b](B)
I will arise now and go about the city,
through the streets and the plazas.(C)
I will seek the one I love.
I sought him, but did not find him.
The guards who go about the city found me.(D)
I asked them, “Have you seen the one I love?”
I had just passed them
when I found the one I love.
I held on to him and would not let him go
until I brought him to my mother’s house(E)
to the chamber of the one who conceived me.
Young women of Jerusalem, I charge you
by the gazelles and the wild does of the field,
do not stir up or awaken love
until the appropriate time.[c](F)

Narrator

Who is this(G) coming up from the wilderness
like columns of smoke,
scented with myrrh and frankincense(H)
from every fragrant powder of the merchant?

Look! Solomon’s bed
surrounded by sixty warriors
from the mighty men of Israel.
All of them are skilled with swords
and trained in warfare.
Each has his sword at his side(I)
to guard against the terror of the night.(J)

King Solomon made a carriage for himself
with wood from Lebanon.
10 He made its posts of silver,
its back[d] of gold,
and its seat of purple.
Its interior is inlaid with love[e]
by the young women of Jerusalem.(K)
11 Go out, young women of Zion,(L)
and gaze at King Solomon,
wearing the crown his mother placed on him
on the day of his wedding(M)
the day of his heart’s rejoicing.

Man

How beautiful you are, my darling.
How very beautiful!
Behind your veil,
your eyes are doves.(N)
Your hair is like a flock of goats
streaming down Mount Gilead.(O)
Your teeth are like a flock of newly shorn sheep
coming up from washing,
each one bearing twins,
and none has lost its young.[f](P)
Your lips are like a scarlet cord,(Q)
and your mouth[g] is lovely.
Behind your veil,
your brow[h] is like a slice of pomegranate.(R)
Your neck is like the tower of David,(S)
constructed in layers.
A thousand shields are hung on it—
all of them shields of warriors.
Your breasts are like two fawns,
twins of a gazelle,(T) that feed among the lilies.
Until the day breaks[i]
and the shadows flee,(U)
I will make my way to the mountain of myrrh
and the hill of frankincense.(V)
You are absolutely beautiful,(W) my darling;
there is no imperfection in you.

Come with me from Lebanon,[j](X) my bride;(Y)
come with me from Lebanon!
Descend from the peak of Amana,
from the summit of Senir and Hermon,(Z)
from the dens of the lions,
from the mountains of the leopards.
You have captured my heart,(AA) my sister,(AB) my bride.
You have captured my heart with one glance of your eyes,
with one jewel of your necklace.
10 How delightful your caresses are, my sister, my bride.
Your caresses are much better than wine,(AC)
and the fragrance of your perfume than any balsam.
11 Your lips drip sweetness like the honeycomb, my bride.(AD)
Honey and milk(AE) are under your tongue.
The fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.

12 My sister, my bride, you are a locked garden—
a locked garden[k] and a sealed spring.(AF)
13 Your branches are a paradise[l] of pomegranates
with choicest fruits;(AG)
henna with nard,
14 nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon,(AH)
with all the trees of frankincense,(AI)
myrrh and aloes,(AJ)
with all the best spices.
15 You are a garden spring,
a well of flowing water(AK)
streaming from Lebanon.

Woman

16 Awaken,(AL) north wind;
come, south wind.
Blow on my garden,
and spread the fragrance of its spices.
Let my love come to his garden
and eat its choicest fruits.(AM)

Footnotes

  1. 3:1 Or bed night after night
  2. 3:1 LXX adds I called him, but he did not answer me
  3. 3:5 Lit until it pleases
  4. 3:10 Or base, or canopy
  5. 3:10 Or leather
  6. 4:2 Lit and no one bereaved among them
  7. 4:3 Or speech
  8. 4:3 Or temple, or cheek, or lips
  9. 4:6 Lit breathes
  10. 4:8 In Hb, the word for Lebanon is similar to “frankincense” in Sg 4:6,14,15.
  11. 4:12 Some Hb mss read locked fountain
  12. 4:13 Or park, or orchard

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