Song of Solomon 1 (New International Version)

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1 Solomon's Song of Songs.1

Beloved

2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth-- for your love2 is more delightful than wine.3 3 Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes;4 your name5 is like perfume poured out. No wonder the maidens6 love you!

Friends

Beloved

4 Take me away with you--let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers.7 We rejoice and delight8 in youa; we will praise your love9 more than wine. How right they are to adore you! 5 Dark am I, yet lovely,10 O daughters of Jerusalem,11 dark like the tents of Kedar,12 like the tent curtains of Solomon.b 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;13 my own vineyard I have neglected. 7 Tell me, you whom I love, where you graze your flock and where you rest your sheep14 at midday. Why should I be like a veiled15 woman beside the flocks of your friends?

Friends

8 If you do not know, most beautiful of women,16 follow the tracks of the sheep and graze your young goats by the tents of the shepherds.

Lover

9 I liken you, my darling, to a mare harnessed to one of the chariots17 of Pharaoh. 10 Your cheeks18 are beautiful with earrings, your neck with strings of jewels.19 11 We will make you earrings of gold, studded with silver.

Beloved

12 While the king was at his table, my perfume spread its fragrance.20 13 My lover is to me a sachet of myrrh21 resting between my breasts. 14 My lover22 is to me a cluster of henna23 blossoms from the vineyards of En Gedi.24

Lover

15 How beautiful25 you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves.26

Beloved

16 How handsome you are, my lover!27 Oh, how charming! And our bed is verdant.

Lover

17 The beams of our house are cedars;28 our rafters are firs.
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