Song of Solomon 1

The song of songs, which is Solomon's.

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine. {thy...: Heb. thy loves} Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee. Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee. {the upright...: or, they love thee uprightly} I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon. Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother's children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but my own vineyard have I not kept.

Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions? {as one...: or, as one that is veiled} If thou knowest not, O thou fairest among women, go forth by the footsteps of the flock, and feed thy kids beside the shepherds' tents. I have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh's chariots. 10 Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels , thy neck with chains of gold . 11 We will make for thee borders of gold with studs of silver.

12 While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth its fragrance. 13 A bundle of myrrh is my wellbeloved to me; he shall lie all night between my breasts. 14 My beloved is to me as a cluster of henna flowers in the vineyards of Engedi. {camphire: or, cypress} 15 Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves' eyes. {my love: or, my companion} 16 Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed is green. 17 The beams of our house are cedar, and our rafters of fir. {rafters: or, galleries}

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