Song of Solomon 1
Song of Songs1 Solomon’s Finest Song. ▼
▼Or The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s, b
2 W : ▼
▼The W: , M: , Y: , N: , and B: indicate the editors’ opinions of the changes of speakers: W: = Woman, M: = Man, Y: = Young women of Jerusalem, N: = Narrator, B: = Brothers. If a letter is in parenthesis (W): , there is a question about the identity of the speaker.Oh, that he would kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!
For your ▼
▼Unexpected change of grammatical persons, here from he and his to your, is a Hb poetic device.love is ▼
▼Or your caresses are, or your lovemaking ismore delightful than wine. f
3 The fragrance of your perfume is intoxicating; g
your name is perfume poured out. h
No wonder young women ▼
▼Or wonder virginsadore you.
4 Take me with you j – let us hurry.
Oh, that the king would bring ▼
▼Or The king has broughtme to his chambers.
Y : We will rejoice and be glad for you;
we will praise your love more than wine.
W : It is only right that they adore you.
5 Daughters of Jerusalem l
I am dark like the tents of Kedar m
yet lovely n like the curtains of Solomon.
6 Do not stare at me because I am dark,
for the sun has gazed on me.
My mother’s sons were angry with me; o
they made me a keeper of the vineyards. p
I have not kept my own vineyard. ▼
▼Lit my vineyard, which is mine
7 Tell me, you, the one I love: r
Where do you pasture your sheep? s
Where do you let them rest at noon? t
Why should I be like one who veils herself ▼
▼Or who wanders, ▼
beside the flocks of your companions? w
8 M : ▼
▼Some understand the young women to be the speakers in this verse.If you do not know,
most beautiful of women y
▼Lit go out for yourself intothe tracks of the flock,
and pasture your young goats
near the shepherds’ tents.
9 I compare you, my darling aa
to a ▼
▼Lit mymare among Pharaoh’s chariots. ▼
▼Pharaoh’s chariot horses were stallions., ad
10 Your cheeks are beautiful with jewelry ae
your neck with its necklace.
11 We will make gold jewelry for you,
accented with silver.
12 W : While the king is on his couch ▼
▼Or is at his table
my perfume ▼
▼Lit nardreleases its fragrance. ah
13 My love is a sachet of myrrh to me, ai
spending the night between my breasts.
14 My love is a cluster of henna blossoms to me, aj
in the vineyards of En-gedi. ▼
▼= Wellspring of the Young Goat, al
15 M : How beautiful you are, my darling.
How very beautiful!
Your eyes are doves. am
16 W : How handsome you are, my love. an
Our bed is lush with foliage;
17 the beams of our house are cedars,
and our rafters are cypresses. ▼
▼Or firs, or pines
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