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Song of Solomon 1 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The Song - best of all songs - Solomon's song! 1 Solomon's Song of Songs.
2 Kiss me - full on the mouth! Yes! For your love is better than wine, 2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth-- for your love is more delightful than wine.
3 headier than your aromatic oils. The syllables of your name murmur like a meadow brook. No wonder everyone loves to say your name! 3 Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out. No wonder the maidens love you!
4 Take me away with you! Let's run off together! An elopement with my King-Lover! We'll celebrate, we'll sing, we'll make great music. Yes! For your love is better than vintage wine. Everyone loves you - of course! And why not? 4 Take me away with you--let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers. We rejoice and delight in you; we will praise your love more than wine. How right they are to adore you!
5 I am weathered but still elegant, oh, dear sisters in Jerusalem, Weather-darkened like Kedar desert tents, time-softened like Solomon's Temple hangings. 5 Dark am I, yet lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, dark like the tents of Kedar, like the tent curtains of Solomon.
6 Don't look down on me because I'm dark, darkened by the sun's harsh rays. My brothers ridiculed me and sent me to work in the fields. They made me care for the face of the earth, but I had no time to care for my own face. 6 Do not stare at me because I am dark, because I am darkened by the sun. My mother's sons were angry with me and made me take care of the vineyards; my own vineyard I have neglected.
7 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? 7 Tell me, you whom I love, where you graze your flock and where you rest your sheep at midday. Why should I be like a veiled woman beside the flocks of your friends?
8 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. 8 If you do not know, most beautiful of women, follow the tracks of the sheep and graze your young goats by the tents of the shepherds.
9 You remind me of Pharaoh's well-groomed and satiny mares. 9 I liken you, my darling, to a mare harnessed to one of the chariots of Pharaoh.
10 Pendant earrings line the elegance of your cheeks; strands of jewels illumine the curve of your throat. 10 Your cheeks are beautiful with earrings, your neck with strings of jewels.
11 I'm making jewelry for you, gold and silver jewelry that will mark and accent your beauty. 11 We will make you earrings of gold, studded with silver.
12 When my King-Lover lay down beside me, my fragrance filled the room. 12 While the king was at his table, my perfume spread its fragrance.
13 His head resting between my breasts - the head of my lover was a sachet of sweet myrrh. 13 My lover is to me a sachet of myrrh resting between my breasts.
14 My beloved is a bouquet of wildflowers picked just for me from the fields of Engedi. 14 My lover is to me a cluster of henna blossoms from the vineyards of En Gedi.
15 Oh, my dear friend! You're so beautiful! And your eyes so beautiful - like doves! 15 How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves.
16 And you, my dear lover - you're so handsome! And the bed we share is like a forest glen. 16 How handsome you are, my lover! Oh, how charming! And our bed is verdant.
17 We enjoy a canopy of cedars enclosed by cypresses, fragrant and green. 17 The beams of our house are cedars; our rafters are firs.