Song of Songs 3 (Holman Christian Standard)

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1 In my bed at nighta I sought the one I love; I sought him, but did not find him.b 2 I will arise now and go about the city, through the streets and the plazas. 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.c "Have you seen the one I love?" [I asked them]. 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'sd house- 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.ef

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6 What is thisg coming up from the wildernessh like columns of smoke, scented with myrrh and frankincensei from every fragrant powder of the merchant? 7 It is Solomon's royal litterj 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 [to guard] against the terror of the night.k 9 King Solomon made a sedan chairl for himself with wood from Lebanon. 10 He made its posts of silver, its backm of gold, and its seat of purple. Its interior is inlaid with loven by the young women of Jerusalem. 11 Come out, young women of Zion, and gaze at King Solomon, wearing the crown his mother placed on him the day of his wedding- the day of his heart's rejoicing.
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