Tell me where you're working - I love you so much - Tell me where you're tending your flocks, where you let them rest at noontime. Why should I be the one left out, outside the orbit of your tender care?
If you can't find me, loveliest of all women, it's all right. Stay with your flocks. Lead your lambs to good pasture. Stay with your shepherd neighbors.
You remind me of Pharaoh's well-groomed and satiny mares.
Pendant earrings line the elegance of your cheeks; strands of jewels illumine the curve of your throat.
I'm making jewelry for you, gold and silver jewelry that will mark and accent your beauty.
When my King-Lover lay down beside me, my fragrance filled the room.
His head resting between my breasts - the head of my lover was a sachet of sweet myrrh.
My beloved is a bouquet of wildflowers picked just for me from the fields of Engedi.
Oh, my dear friend! You're so beautiful! And your eyes so beautiful - like doves!
And you, my dear lover - you're so handsome! And the bed we share is like a forest glen.
We enjoy a canopy of cedars enclosed by cypresses, fragrant and green.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)