1This is the greatest song Solomon ever wrote. A Shulammite woman says to King Solomon,2"I long for your lips to kiss me! Your love makes me happier than wine does.3The lotion you have on pleases me. Your name is like perfume that is poured out. No wonder the young women love you!4Take me away with you. Let us hurry! King Solomon, bring me into your palace." The other women say, "King Solomon, you fill us with joy. You make us happy. We praise your love more than we praise wine." The woman says to the king, "It is right for them to love you!5"Women of Jerusalem, my skin is dark but lovely. It is dark like the tents in Kedar. It's like the curtains of Solomon's tent.6Don't stare at me because I'm dark. The sun has made my skin look like this. My brothers burned with anger against me. They made me take care of the vineyards. I haven't even taken care of my own vineyard.7"King Solomon, I love you. So tell me where you take care of your flock. Tell me where you rest your sheep at noon. Why should I have to act like a prostitute near the flocks of your friends?" The other women say,8"You are the most beautiful woman of all. Don't you know where to find the king? Follow the tracks the sheep make. Take care of your young goats near the tents of the shepherds." King Solomon says to the Shulammite woman,9"You are my love. You are like a mare that pulls one of Pharaoh's chariots.10Your earrings make your cheeks even more beautiful. Your strings of jewels make your neck even more lovely." The other women say to her,11"We will make gold earrings for you. We'll decorate them with silver." The woman says,12"The king was at his table. My perfume gave off a sweet smell.13The one who loves me is like a small bag of myrrh resting between my breasts.14He is like henna flowers from the vineyards of En Gedi." The king says,15"You are so beautiful, my love! So beautiful! Your eyes are like doves." The woman says,16"You are so handsome, my love! So charming! The green field is our bed.17Cedar trees above us are the beams of our house. Fir trees overhead are its rafters.
1"I am like a rose on the coast of Sharon. I'm like a lily in the valleys." The king says,2"My love, among the young women you are like a lily among thorns." The woman says,3"My love, among the young men you are like an apple tree among the trees of the forest. I'm happy to sit in your shade. Your fruit tastes so sweet to me.4You have taken me to the dinner hall. Your banner of love is lifted high above me.5Give me some raisins to make me strong. Give me some apples to make me feel like new again. Our love has made me weak.6Your left arm is under my head. Your right arm is around me.7Women of Jerusalem, take an oath and make me a promise. Let the antelopes and the does serve as witnesses. Don't stir up love. Don't wake it up until it's ready.8"Listen! I hear my love! Look! Here he comes! He's leaping across the mountains. He's coming over the hills.9The one who loves me is like an antelope or a young deer. Look! There he stands behind our wall. He's gazing through the window. He's peering through the screen.10He said to me, 'Rise up, my love. Come with me, my beautiful one.11Look! The winter is past. The rains are over and gone.12Flowers are appearing on the earth. The season for singing has come. The cooing of doves is heard in our land.13The fig trees are producing their early fruit. The flowers on the vines are giving off their sweet smell. Rise up and come, my love. Come with me, my beautiful one.' " The king says,14"You are like a dove in an opening in the rocks. You are like a dove in a hiding place on a mountainside. Show me your face. Let me hear your voice. Your voice is so sweet. Your face is so lovely.15Catch the foxes for us. Catch the little foxes. They destroy our vineyards. The vineyards are in bloom." The woman says,16"My love belongs to me, and I belong to him. Like an antelope, he eats among the lilies.17Until the day begins and the shadows fade away, turn to me, my love. Be like an antelope or like a young deer on the rocky hills.
1"All night long on my bed I searched for the one my heart loves. I looked for him but didn't find him.2I will get up. I'll go around in the city. I'll look through all of its streets. I'll search for the one my heart loves. So I looked for him but didn't find him.3Those on guard duty found me as they were walking around in the city. 'Have you seen the one my heart loves?' I asked.4As soon as I had passed by them I found the one my heart loves. I threw my arms around him. I didn't let him go until I had brought him to my mother's house. I took him to my mother's room.5Women of Jerusalem, take an oath and make me a promise. Let the antelopes and the does serve as witnesses. Don't stir up love. Don't wake it up until it's ready." The other women say,6"Who is this man coming up from the desert like a column of smoke? He smells like myrrh and incense made from all of the spices of the trader.7Look! There's Solomon's movable throne. Sixty soldiers accompany it. They have been chosen from the best warriors in Israel.8All of them are wearing swords. They have fought many battles. Each one has his sword at his side. Each is prepared for the terrors of the night.9King Solomon made the movable throne for himself. He made it out of wood from Lebanon.10He formed its posts out of silver. He made its base out of gold. Its seat was covered with purple cloth. It was decorated inside with loving care by the women of Jerusalem.11Women of Zion, come out. Look at King Solomon wearing his crown. His mother placed it on him. She did it on his wedding day. His heart was full of joy."
1The king says to the Shulammite woman, "You are so beautiful, my love! So beautiful! Your eyes behind your veil are like doves. Your hair flows like a flock of black goats coming down from Mount Gilead.2Your teeth are as clean as a flock of sheep. Their wool has just been clipped. They have just come up from being washed. Each of your teeth has its twin. Not one of them is alone.3Your lips are like a bright red ribbon. Your mouth is so lovely. Your cheeks behind your veil are like the halves of a pomegranate.4Your neck is strong and beautiful like the tower of David. That tower is built with beautiful stones. A thousand shields are hanging on it. All of them belong to mighty soldiers.5Your two breasts are lovely. They are like two young antelopes that eat among the lilies.6I will go to the mountain of myrrh. I'll go to the hill of incense. I'll stay there until the day begins and the shadows fade away.7Every part of you is so beautiful, my love. There is no flaw in you.8"Come with me from Lebanon, my bride. Come with me from Lebanon. Come down from the top of Mount Amana. Come down from the top of Senir. Come to me from the peak of Mount Hermon. Leave the dens where the lions live. Leave the places in the mountains where the leopards stay.9My bride, you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes. My sister, you have stolen my heart with one jewel in your necklace.10My bride, your love is so delightful. My sister, your love makes me happier than wine does. Your perfume smells better than any spice.11Your lips are as sweet as a honeycomb, my bride. Milk and honey are under your tongue. Your clothes smell like the cedar trees in Lebanon.12My bride, you are like a garden that is locked up. My sister, you are like a spring of water that has a fence around it. You are like a fountain that is sealed up.13You are like trees whose branches are loaded with pomegranates, fine fruits, henna and nard,14with saffron, cane and cinnamon. You are like every kind of incense tree. You have myrrh, aloes and all of the finest spices.15You are like a fountain in a garden. You are like a well of flowing water streaming down from Lebanon." The woman says,16"Wake up, north wind! Come, south wind! Blow on my garden. Then its sweet smell will spread everywhere. Let my love come into his garden. Let him taste its fine fruits."
1The king says, "My bride, I have come into my garden. My sister, I've gathered my myrrh and my spice. I've eaten my honeycomb and my honey. I've drunk my wine and my milk." The other women say to the Shulammite woman and to Solomon, "Friends, eat and drink. Lovers, drink all you want." The woman says,2"I slept, but my heart was awake. Listen! The one who loves me is knocking. He says, 'My sister, I love you. Open up so I can come in. You are my dove. You are perfect in every way. My head is soaked with dew. The night air has made my hair wet.'3"But I've taken my robe off. Must I put it on again? I've washed my feet. Must I get them dirty again?4My love put his hand through the opening. My heart began to pound for him.5I got up to open the door for my love. My hands dripped with myrrh. It flowed from my fingers onto the handles of the lock.6I opened the door for my love. But he had left. He was gone. My heart sank because he had left. I looked for him but didn't find him. I called out to him, but he didn't answer.7Those on guard duty found me as they were walking around in the city. They beat me. They hurt me. Those on guard duty at the walls took my coat away from me.8Women of Jerusalem, take an oath and make me a promise. If you find the one who loves me, tell him our love has made me weak." The other women say,9"You are the most beautiful woman of all. How is the one you love better than others? How is he better than anyone else? Why do you ask us to make you a promise?" The woman says,10"The one who loves me is tanned and handsome. He's the finest man among 10,000.11His head is like the purest gold. His hair is wavy and as black as a raven.12His eyes are like doves by streams of water. They look as if they've been washed in milk. They are set like jewels in his head.13His cheeks are like beds of spice that give off perfume. His lips are like lilies that drip with myrrh.14His arms are like gold that are set with chrysolite. His body is like polished ivory that is decorated with sapphires.15His legs are like pillars of marble that are set on bases of pure gold. He looks like the finest cedar tree in the mountains of Lebanon.16His mouth is very sweet. Everything about him is delightful. That's what the one who loves me is like. That's what my friend is like, women of Jerusalem."
1The other women say, "You are the most beautiful woman of all. Where has the one who loves you gone? Which way did he turn? We'll help you look for him." The woman says,2"My love has gone down to his garden. He's gone to the beds of spices. He's eating in the gardens. He's gathering lilies.3I belong to my love, and he belongs to me. He's eating among the lilies." The king says,4"My love, you are as beautiful as the city of Tirzah. You are as lovely as Jerusalem. You are as majestic as troops carrying their banners.5Turn your eyes away from me. They overpower me. Your hair flows like a flock of black goats coming down from Mount Gilead.6Your teeth are as clean as a flock of sheep coming up from being washed. Each of your teeth has its twin. Not one of them is alone.7Your cheeks behind your veil are like the halves of a pomegranate.8There might be 60 queens and 80 concubines. There might be more virgins than anyone can count.9But you are my perfect dove. There isn't anyone like you. You are your mother's favorite daughter. The young women see you and call you blessed. The queens and concubines praise you." The other women say,10"Who is this woman? She is like the sunrise in all of its glory. She is as beautiful as the moon. She is as bright as the sun. She is as majestic as troops carrying their banners." The king says,11"I went down to a grove of nut trees. I wanted to look at the new plants growing in the valley. I wanted to find out whether the vines had budded. I wanted to see if the pomegranate trees had bloomed.12Before I realized it, I was among the royal chariots of my people." The other women say,13"Come back to us. Come back, Shulammite woman. Come back to us. Come back. Then we can look at you." The woman says, "Why do you want to look at me as you would watch a dancer at Mahanaim?"
1The king says to the Shulammite woman, "You are like a prince's daughter. Your feet in sandals are so beautiful. Your graceful legs are like jewels. The hands of a skilled worker must have shaped them.2Your navel is like a round bowl that always has mixed wine in it. Your waist is like a mound of wheat that is surrounded by lilies.3Your two breasts are lovely. They are like two young antelopes.4Your neck is smooth and beautiful like an ivory tower. Your eyes are like the pools of Heshbon by the gate of Bath Rabbim. Your nose is like the towering mountains of Lebanon that face the city of Damascus.5Your head is like a crown on you. It is as beautiful as Mount Carmel. Your hair is as smooth as purple silk. I am captured by your flowing curls.6You are so beautiful! You please me so much! You are so delightful, my love!7You are as graceful as a palm tree. Your breasts are as sweet as the freshest fruit.8I said, 'I will climb the palm tree. I'll take hold of its fruit.' May your breasts be as sweet as the fruit on the vine. May your breath smell like the tastiest apples.9May your lips be like the finest wine." The woman says, "May my wine go straight to you, my love. May it flow gently over our lips as we sleep.10"I belong to you, my love. And you long for me.11Come, my love. Let's go to the country. Let's spend the night in the villages.12Let's go out to the vineyards early. Let's go and see if the vines have budded. Let's find out whether their flowers have opened. Let's see if the pomegranate trees are blooming. I'll make love to you in the vineyards.13The mandrake flowers give off their strong smell. All of the best things are waiting for us, new and old alike. I've stored them up for you, my love.
1"I wish you were like a brother to me. I wish my mother's breasts had nursed you. Then if I found you outside, I could kiss you. No one would look down on me.2I'd bring you to my mother's house. She taught me everything I know. I'd give you spiced wine to drink. It's the juice of my pomegranates.3Your left arm is under my head. Your right arm is around me.4Women of Jerusalem, take an oath and make me a promise. Don't stir up love. Don't wake it up until it's ready." The other women say,5"Who is this woman coming up from the desert? She's leaning on the one who loves her." The woman says to the king, "Under the apple tree I woke you up. That's where your mother became pregnant with you. She went into labor, and you were born there.6Hold me close to your heart like the seal around your neck. Keep me close to yourself like the ring on your finger. My love for you is so strong it won't let you go. Love is as powerful as death. Love's jealousy is as strong as the grave. Love is like a blazing fire. It burns like a mighty flame.7No amount of water can put it out. Rivers can't drown it. Suppose someone offers all of his wealth to buy love. That won't even come close to being enough." The woman's brothers say,8"We have a little sister. Her breasts are still small. What should we do for our sister when she gets engaged?9If she were a wall, we'd build silver towers on her. If she were a door, we'd cover her with cedar boards." The woman says to the king,10"I am a wall. My breasts are like well-built towers. So in your eyes I've become like someone who makes you happy.11Solomon, you had a vineyard in Baal Hamon. You rented your vineyard to others. They had to pay 25 pounds of silver for its fruit.12But I can give my own vineyard to anyone I want to. So I give my 25 pounds of silver to you, Solomon. Give 5 pounds to those who take care of its fruit." The king says,13"My love, you live in the gardens. My friends listen for your voice. But let me hear it now." The woman says,14"Come away with me, my love. Be like an antelope or like a young deer on mountains that are full of spices."