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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Song of Solomon 1–3

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Chapter 1

The Young Shulammite Bride and Jerusalem’s Daughters

1 The 1Song of aSongs, which is Solomon’s.

21May he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!

For your alove is better than wine.

3 “Your aoils have a pleasing fragrance,

Your bname is like 1purified oil;

Therefore the 2cmaidens love you.

4 “Draw me after you and let us run together!

The aking has brought me into his chambers.”

1We will rejoice in you and be glad;

We will 2extol your blove more than wine.

Rightly do they love you.”

51I am black but alovely,

O bdaughters of Jerusalem,

Like the ctents of dKedar,

Like the curtains of Solomon.

6 “Do not stare at me because I am 1swarthy,

For the sun has burned me.

My amother’s sons were angry with me;

They made me bcaretaker of the vineyards,

But I have not taken care of my own vineyard.

7 “Tell me, O you awhom my soul loves,

Where do you bpasture your flock,

Where do you make it clie down at noon?

For why should I be like one who 1veils herself

Beside the flocks of your dcompanions?”

Solomon, the Lover, Speaks

81If you yourself do not know,

aMost beautiful among women,

Go forth on the trail of the flock

And pasture your young goats

By the tents of the shepherds.

91To me, amy darling, you are like

My bmare among the chariots of Pharaoh.

10 “Your acheeks are lovely with ornaments,

Your neck with strings of bbeads.”

111We will make for you ornaments of gold

With beads of silver.”

121While the king was at his 2table,

My 3aperfume gave forth its fragrance.

13 “My beloved is to me a pouch of amyrrh

Which lies all night between my breasts.

14 “My beloved is to me a cluster of ahenna blossoms

In the vineyards of bEngedi.”

151, 2aHow beautiful you are, my darling,

2 How beautiful you are!

Your beyes are like doves.”

161, 2How handsome you are, amy beloved,

And so pleasant!

Indeed, our couch is luxuriant!

17 “The beams of our houses are acedars,

Our rafters, 1bcypresses.

Chapter 2

The Bride’s Admiration

11I am the 2arose of bSharon,

The clily of the valleys.”

21Like a lily among the thorns,

So is amy darling among the 2maidens.”

31Like an 2aapple tree among the trees of the forest,

So is my beloved among the 3young men.

In his shade I took great delight and sat down,

And his bfruit was sweet to my 4taste.

4 “He has abrought me to his 1banquet hall,

And his bbanner over me is love.

5 “Sustain me with araisin cakes,

Refresh me with 1bapples,

Because cI am lovesick.

6 “Let ahis left hand be under my head

And ahis right hand bembrace me.”

71I aadjure you, O bdaughters of Jerusalem,

By the cgazelles or by the dhinds of the field,

aThat you do not arouse or awaken my love

Until 2she pleases.”

81Listen! My beloved!

Behold, he is coming,

Climbing aon the mountains,

Leaping on the hills!

9 “My beloved is like a agazelle or a byoung 1stag.

Behold, he is standing behind our wall,

He is looking through the windows,

He is peering cthrough the lattice.

10 “My beloved responded and said to me,

aArise, my darling, my beautiful one,

And come along.

11 ‘For behold, the winter is past,

The rain is over and gone.

12 ‘The flowers have already appeared in the land;

The time has arrived for 1pruning the vines,

And the voice of the aturtledove has been heard in our land.

13 ‘The afig tree has ripened its figs,

And the bvines in blossom have given forth their fragrance.

Arise, my darling, my beautiful one,

And come along!’ ”

141O amy dove, bin the clefts of the 2rock,

In the secret place of the steep 3pathway,

Let me see your 4form,

cLet me hear your voice;

For your voice is sweet,

And your 4form is dlovely.”

151aCatch the foxes for us,

The 2little foxes that are ruining the vineyards,

While our bvineyards are in blossom.”

161aMy beloved is mine, and I am his;

He bpastures his flock among the lilies.

17 “aUntil 1the cool of the day when the shadows flee away,

Turn, my beloved, and be like a bgazelle

Or a young stag con the mountains of 2Bether.”

Chapter 3

The Bride’s Troubled Dream

11On my bed night after night I sought him

aWhom my soul loves;

I bsought him but did not find him.

2 ‘1I must arise now and 1go about the city;

In the astreets and in the squares

2I must seek him whom my soul loves.’

I sought him but did not find him.

3 “aThe watchmen who make the rounds in the city found me,

And I said, ‘Have you seen him whom my soul loves?’

4 “aScarcely had I 1left them

When I found him whom my soul loves;

I bheld on to him and would not let him go

Until I had cbrought him to my mother’s house,

And into the room of her who conceived me.”

51I aadjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,

By the bgazelles or by the hinds of the field,

That you will not arouse or awaken my love

Until 2she pleases.”

Solomon’s Wedding Day

61, 2aWhat is this coming up from the wilderness

Like bcolumns of smoke,

Perfumed with cmyrrh and dfrankincense,

With all scented powders of the merchant?

7 “Behold, it is the traveling couch of Solomon;

Sixty mighty men around it,

Of the mighty men of Israel.

8 “All of them are wielders of the sword,

aExpert in war;

Each man has his bsword at his side,

Guarding against the 1cterrors of the night.

9 “King Solomon has made for himself a sedan chair

From the timber of Lebanon.

10 “He made its posts of silver,

Its 1back of gold

And its seat of purple fabric,

With its interior lovingly fitted out

By the adaughters of Jerusalem.

11 “Go forth, O adaughters of Zion,

And gaze on King Solomon with the 1crown

With which his mother has crowned him

On the bday of his wedding,

And on the day of his gladness of heart.”

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