Song of Solomon 1

The Bride Confesses Her Love

Solomon’s Song of Songs.
Most translators include speaker identifications such as The Bride, The Groom, and The Friends based on the gender and number of the Hebrew words

The Bride

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is more delightful than wine. The fragrance of your perfume is pleasing; your name is like perfume poured out. No wonder the maidens adore you. Take me away with you— let us hurry! May the king bring me to his chambers.

The Friends

We will rejoice and delight in you; we will praise your love above wine. It is only right that they adore you.

The Bride

I am dark yet lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, like the tents of Kedar, like the curtains of Solomon. Do not stare because I am dark, for the sun has looked upon me. My mother’s sons were angry with me; they made me a keeper of the vineyards, [but] my own vineyard I have neglected. Tell me, O one I love, where do you pasture your sheep? Where do you rest them at midday? Why should I be like a veiled woman beside the flocks of your companions?

The Friends

If you do not know, O fairest of women, follow the tracks of the flock, and graze your young goats near the tents of the shepherds.

The Groom

I compare you, my darling, to a mare among Pharaoh’s chariots. 10  Your cheeks are beautiful with ornaments, your neck with strings [of jewels] .

The Friends

11  We will make you ornaments of gold, [studded] with beads of silver.

The Bride

12  While the king was at his table, my perfume spread its fragrance. 13  My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh resting between my breasts. 14  My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms in the vineyards of En-gedi.

The Groom

15  How beautiful [you are] , my darling! Oh, how very beautiful! Your eyes are [like] doves.

The Bride

16  How handsome [you are] , my beloved! Oh, how delightful! The soft grass [is] our bed.

The Groom

17  The beams of our house are cedars; our rafters [are] fragrant firs.
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