The Bride’s Troubled Dream

[a]On my bed night after night I sought him
(A)Whom my soul loves;
I (B)sought him but did not find him.
[b]I must arise now and [c]go about the city;
In the (C)streets and in the squares
[d]I must seek him whom my soul loves.’
I sought him but did not find him.
(D)The watchmen who make the rounds in the city found me,
And I said, ‘Have you seen him whom my soul loves?’
(E)Scarcely had I [e]left them
When I found him whom my soul loves;
I (F)held on to him and would not let him go
Until I had (G)brought him to my mother’s house,
And into the room of her who conceived me.”

[f]I (H)adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
By the (I)gazelles or by the hinds of the field,
That you will not arouse or awaken my love
Until [g]she pleases.”

Solomon’s Wedding Day

[h][i](J)What is this coming up from the wilderness
Like (K)columns of smoke,
Perfumed with (L)myrrh and (M)frankincense,
With all scented powders of the merchant?
“Behold, it is the traveling couch of Solomon;
Sixty mighty men around it,
Of the mighty men of Israel.
“All of them are wielders of the sword,
(N)Expert in war;
Each man has his (O)sword at his side,
Guarding against the [j](P)terrors of the night.
“King Solomon has made for himself a sedan chair
From the timber of Lebanon.
10 “He made its posts of silver,
Its [k]back of gold
And its seat of purple fabric,
With its interior lovingly fitted out
By the (Q)daughters of Jerusalem.
11 “Go forth, O (R)daughters of Zion,
And gaze on King Solomon with the [l]crown
With which his mother has crowned him
On the (S)day of his wedding,
And on the day of his gladness of heart.”


  1. Song of Solomon 3:1 BRIDE
  2. Song of Solomon 3:2 Or Let me arise
  3. Song of Solomon 3:2 Or Let me arise
  4. Song of Solomon 3:2 Or Let me seek
  5. Song of Solomon 3:4 Lit passed
  6. Song of Solomon 3:5 BRIDEGROOM
  7. Song of Solomon 3:5 Or it
  8. Song of Solomon 3:6 CHORUS
  9. Song of Solomon 3:6 Lit Who
  10. Song of Solomon 3:8 Lit terror in the nights
  11. Song of Solomon 3:10 Or support
  12. Song of Solomon 3:11 Or wreath

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