Song of Solomon 1
International Standard Version

Title

1The Most Beautiful Song by Solomon.

The Loved One

2Let him kiss me over and over again!a

Your love is better than wine.

3The fragrance of your perfumed oil is wonderful.

Your name is perfume poured out.

Therefore the young women love you.

4Take me withb you! Let’s run away!

Let the king bring me into his private chambers.

The Young Women

The daughtersc of Jerusalemd will rejoice and be happy for you.

We will value your love more than wine.

They love you appropriately.

The Loved One

5The daughterse of Jerusalem, I’m dark and lovely

like the tents of Kedar,

like the curtains of Solomon.

6Don’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.

7Tell me, you whom I love,

where do you graze your flock?

Where do you make your flock lie downf at noon?

Why should I be considered a veiled womang

beside the flocks of your companions?

The Lover

8If you don’t know, most beautiful of women,

go out after the flock and graze your young goats beside the shepherd’s tents.

9My darling, I compare you to ah mare

among Pharaoh’s chariots.

10Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments,

your neck with strings of jewels.

The Young Women

11We will make ornaments of gold for you,

accented with silver.

The Loved One

12While the king was sitting at his table,

my perfume sent forth its fragrance.

13My beloved is to me a pouch of myrrhi

that lies between my breasts all night.

14My beloved is to me a cluster of hennaj blossoms

in the vineyards of En-gedi.

The Lover

15Look at you! You are beautiful, my darling.

Look at you! You are so beautiful.

Your eyes are doves.

The Loved One

16Look at you! You are handsome, my beloved, truly lovely.

How lush is our couch.

17The beams of our house are cedar,k

our rafters are pine.


Footnotes:
a 1:2 Lit. me with the kisses of his mouth
b 1:4 Lit. Draw me after
c 1:4 Or The young women
d 1:4 The Heb. lacks daughters of Jerusalem (cf. v. 5)
e 1:5 Or The young women
f 1:6 Lit. where do you make to lie down
g 1:6 i.e. a prostitute
h 1:9 Lit. my
i 1:13 i.e. a fragrant spice used as a perfume
j 1:14 i.e. an aromatic shrub used cosmetically
k 1:17 i.e. a genus of coniferous evergreen in the family Pinaceae; and so throughout the book



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