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(A)Draw me away!

The Daughters of Jerusalem

(B)We will run after [a]you.

The Shulamite

The king (C)has brought me into his chambers.

The Daughters of Jerusalem

We will be glad and rejoice in [b]you.

We will remember your love more than wine.

The Shulamite

Rightly do they love you.

I am dark, but lovely,
O daughters of Jerusalem,
Like the tents of Kedar,
Like the curtains of Solomon.
Do not look upon me, because I am dark,
Because the sun has [c]tanned me.
My mother’s sons were angry with me;
They made me the keeper of the vineyards,
But my own (D)vineyard I have not kept.

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Footnotes

  1. Song of Solomon 1:4 Masc. sing.: the Beloved
  2. Song of Solomon 1:4 Fem. sing.: the Shulamite
  3. Song of Solomon 1:6 Lit. looked upon me

Take me away with you—let us hurry!
    Let the king bring me into his chambers.(A)

Friends

We rejoice and delight(B) in you[a];
    we will praise your love(C) more than wine.

She

How right they are to adore you!

Dark am I, yet lovely,(D)
    daughters of Jerusalem,(E)
dark like the tents of Kedar,(F)
    like the tent curtains of Solomon.[b]
Do not stare at me because I am dark,
    because I am darkened by the sun.
My mother’s sons were angry with me
    and made me take care of the vineyards;(G)
    my own vineyard I had to neglect.

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Footnotes

  1. Song of Songs 1:4 The Hebrew is masculine singular.
  2. Song of Songs 1:5 Or Salma

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