Song of Solomon 3

The Bride’s Dream

1 On my bed a  by night
I sought b  him whom my soul loves;
c  I sought him, but found him not.
2I will rise now and go about the city,
in d  the streets and in the squares;
I will seek e  him whom my soul loves.
I sought him, but found him not.
3 f  The watchmen found me
as they went about in the city.
“Have you seen him whom my soul loves?”
4Scarcely had I passed them
when I found g  him whom my soul loves.
I h  held him, and would not let him go
until I had i  brought him into my mother’s house,
and into the chamber of j  her who conceived me.
5 k  I adjure you, l  O daughters of Jerusalem,
m  by the gazelles or the does of the field,
that you not stir up or awaken love
until it pleases.

Solomon Arrives for the Wedding

6 n  What is that coming up from the wilderness
like o  columns of smoke,
perfumed with p  myrrh and frankincense,
with all the fragrant powders of a merchant?
7Behold, it is the litter
That is,  the couch on which servants carry a king
of Solomon!
Around it are r  sixty s  mighty men,
some of the mighty men of Israel,
8all of them wearing swords
and expert in war,
each with his t  sword at his thigh,
against u  terror by night.
9King Solomon made himself a carriage
Or sedan chair

from the wood of Lebanon.
10He made its posts of silver,
its back of gold, its seat of purple;
its interior was inlaid with love
by w  the daughters of Jerusalem.
11Go out, O x  daughters of Zion,
and look upon King Solomon,
with the crown with which his mother crowned him
on y  the day of his wedding,
on the day of the gladness of his heart.
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