Song of Solomon 1 (New American Standard)

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The Young Shulammite Bride and Jerusalem's Daughters

1 The aSong of 1Songs, which is Solomon's. 2 "bMay he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth ! For your 2love is better than wine. 3 "Your 3oils have a pleasing fragrance, Your 4name is like cpurified oil ; Therefore the d5maidens love you. 4 "Draw me after you and let us run together! The 6king has brought me into his chambers." "eWe will rejoice in you and be glad ; We will fextol your 7 love more than wine. Rightly do they love you." 5 "gI am black but 8lovely, O 9daughters of Jerusalem, Like the 10tents of 11Kedar, Like the curtains of Solomon. 6 "Do not stare at me because I am hswarthy, For the sun has burned me. My 12mother's sons were angry with me; They made me 13caretaker of the vineyards, But I have not taken care of my own vineyard. 7 "Tell me, O you 14whom my soul loves, Where do you 15pasture your flock, Where do you make it 16lie down at noon ? For why should I be like one who iveils herself Beside the flocks of your 17companions ?"

Solomon, the Lover, Speaks

8 "jIf you yourself do not know, 18Most beautiful among women, Go forth on the trail of the flock And pasture your young goats By the tents of the shepherds. 9 "kTo me, 19my darling, you are like My 20mare among the chariots of Pharaoh. 10 "Your 21cheeks are lovely with ornaments, Your neck with strings of 22beads." 11 "lWe will make for you ornaments of gold With beads of silver." 12 "mWhile the king was at his ntable, My o23perfume gave forth its fragrance. 13 "My beloved is to me a pouch of 24myrrh Which lies all night between my breasts. 14 "My beloved is to me a cluster of 25henna blossoms In the vineyards of 26Engedi." 15 "pq27How beautiful you are, my darling, rHow beautiful you are! Your 28eyes are like doves." 16 "stHow handsome you are, 29my beloved, And so pleasant ! Indeed, our couch is luxuriant ! 17 "The beams of our houses are 30cedars, Our rafters, u31cypresses.
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