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Song of Solomon 3 (New Living Translation)

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1 Young Woman: "One night as I lay in bed, I yearned deeply for my lover, but he did not come. 2 So I said to myself, 'I will get up now and roam the city, searching for him in all its streets and squares.' But my search was in vain. 3 The watchmen stopped me as they made their rounds, and I said to them, 'Have you seen him anywhere, this one I love so much?' 4 A little while later I found him and held him. I didn't let him go until I had brought him to my childhood home, into my mother's bedroom, where I had been conceived. 5 "Promise me, O women of Jerusalem, by the swift gazelles and the deer of the wild, not to awaken love until the time is right. a " Young Women of Jerusalem: 6 "Who is this sweeping in from the deserts like a cloud of smoke along the ground? Who is it that smells of myrrh and frankincense and every other spice? 7 Look, it is Solomon's carriage, with sixty of Israel's mightiest men surrounding it. 8 They are all skilled swordsmen and experienced warriors. Each one wears a sword on his thigh, ready to defend the king against an attack during the night. 9 "King Solomon has built a carriage for himself from wood imported from Lebanon's forests. 10 Its posts are of silver, its canopy is gold, and its seat is upholstered in purple cloth. Its interior was a gift of love from the young women of Jerusalem." Young Woman: 11 "Go out to look upon King Solomon, O young women of Jerusalem. b See the crown with which his mother crowned him on his wedding day, the day of his gladness."
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