New International Version
1Solomon’s Song of Songs.
We rejoice and delight in youb ;
we will praise your love more than wine.
How right they are to adore you!
5Dark am I, yet lovely,
daughters of Jerusalem,
dark like the tents of Kedar,
like the tent curtains of Solomon.c
6Do 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;
my own vineyard I had to neglect.
7Tell me, you whom I love,
where you graze your flock
and where you rest your sheep at midday.
Why should I be like a veiled woman
beside the flocks of your friends?
8If you do not know, most beautiful of women,
follow the tracks of the sheep
and graze your young goats
by the tents of the shepherds.
15How beautiful you are, my darling!
Oh, how beautiful!
Your eyes are doves.
16How handsome you are, my beloved!
Oh, how charming!
And our bed is verdant.
17The beams of our house are cedars;
our rafters are firs.
a 2 The main male and female speakers (identified primarily on the basis of the gender of the relevant Hebrew forms) are indicated by the captions He and She respectively. The words of others are marked Friends. In some instances the divisions and their captions are debatable.
b 4 The Hebrew is masculine singular.
c 5 Or Salma