Song of Solomon 3

1In my bed at night
Or bed night after night

I sought the one I love; b
I sought him, but did not find him.
LXX adds I called him, but he did not answer me
2 I will arise now and go about the city,
through the streets and the plazas. e
I will seek the one I love.
I sought him, but did not find him.
3 The guards who go about the city found me. f
I asked them, “Have you seen the one I love?”
4 I had just passed them
when I found the one I love.
I held on to him and would not let him go
until I brought him to my mother’s house g
to the chamber of the one who conceived me.
5 Young women of Jerusalem, I charge you
by the gazelles and the wild does of the field:
do not stir up or awaken love
until the appropriate time.
Lit until it pleases

6 N : What is this j coming up from the wilderness
like columns of smoke,
scented with myrrh and frankincense k
from every fragrant powder of the merchant?
7 It is Solomon’s royal litter
A conveyance carried on the shoulders of servants

surrounded by 60 warriors
from the mighty of Israel.
8 All of them are skilled with swords
and trained in warfare.
Each has his sword at his side m
to guard against the terror of the night. n

9 King Solomon made a sedan chair
In Hb, the term sedan chair is possibly a synonym for “litter”; it is also called a palanquin.
for himself
with wood from Lebanon.
10 He made its posts of silver,
its back
Or base, or canopy
of gold,
and its seat of purple.
Its interior is inlaid with love
Or leather

by the young women of Jerusalem. r
11 Come out, young women of
Zion: Originally a term for the fortified section of Jerusalem and then, by extension, used for the temple and the city of Jerusalem both in the present time and in the future
Zion, t
and gaze at King Solomon,
wearing the crown his mother placed on him
the day of his wedding u
the day of his heart’s rejoicing.
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