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The Most Beautiful Song by Solomon.

The Loved One

Let him kiss me over and over again![a]
    Your love is better than wine.
The fragrance of your perfumed oil is wonderful.
    Your name is perfume poured out.
        Therefore the young women love you.
Take me with[b] you! Let’s run away!
    Let the king bring me into his private chambers.

The Young Women

The daughters[c] of Jerusalem[d] will rejoice and be happy for you.
    We will value your love more than wine.
        They love you appropriately.

The Loved One

The daughters[e] of Jerusalem, I’m dark and lovely
    like the tents of Kedar,
        like the curtains of Solomon.
Don’t stare at me because I’m dark;
    the sun has tanned me.
My mother’s sons were angry with me.
    They made me the caretaker of the vineyards,
        but I didn’t take care of my own vineyard.

Tell me, you whom I love,
    where do you graze your flock?
        Where do you make your flock lie down[f] at noon?
Why should I be considered a veiled woman[g]
    beside the flocks of your companions?

The Lover

If you don’t know, most beautiful of women,
    go out after the flock and graze your young goats beside the shepherd’s tents.
My darling, I compare you to a[h] mare
    among Pharaoh’s chariots.
10 Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments,
    your neck with strings of jewels.

The Young Women

11 We will make ornaments of gold for you,
    accented with silver.

The Loved One

12 While the king was sitting at his table,
    my perfume sent forth its fragrance.
13 My beloved is to me a pouch of myrrh[i]
    that lies between my breasts all night.
14 My beloved is to me a cluster of henna[j] blossoms
    in the vineyards of En-gedi.

The Lover

15 Look at you! You are beautiful, my darling.
    Look at you! You are so beautiful.
        Your eyes are doves.

The Loved One

16 Look at you! You are handsome, my beloved, truly lovely.
    How lush is our couch.
17 The beams of our house are cedar,[k]
    our rafters are pine.

Footnotes

  1. Song of Solomon 1:2 Lit. me with the kisses of his mouth
  2. Song of Solomon 1:4 Lit. Draw me after
  3. Song of Solomon 1:4 Or The young women
  4. Song of Solomon 1:4 The Heb. lacks daughters of Jerusalem (cf. v. 5)
  5. Song of Solomon 1:5 Or The young women
  6. Song of Solomon 1:7 Lit. where do you make to lie down
  7. Song of Solomon 1:7 I.e. a prostitute
  8. Song of Solomon 1:9 Lit. my
  9. Song of Solomon 1:13 I.e. a fragrant spice used as a perfume
  10. Song of Solomon 1:14 I.e. an aromatic shrub used cosmetically
  11. Song of Solomon 1:17 I.e. a genus of coniferous evergreen in the family Pinaceae; and so throughout the book

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