Bible: Son 11

Title/Superscription

1:1 Solomon’s 1  Most Excellent 2  Love Song. 3 

The Desire for Love

1:2 The Beloved to Her Lover: 4 

Oh, how I wish you 5  would kiss me passionately! 6 

For your lovemaking 7  is more delightful 8  than wine. 9 

1:3 The fragrance 10  of your colognes 11  is delightful; 12 

your name 13  is like the finest 14  perfume. 15 

No wonder the young women 16  adore 17  you!

1:4 Draw me 18  after you; let us hurry! 19 

May the king 20  bring 21  me into his 22  bedroom chambers! 23 

The Maidens 24  to the Lover:

We will 25  rejoice and delight in you; 26 

we will praise 27  your love more than wine.

The Beloved to Her Lover:

How rightly 28  the young women 29  adore you!

The Country Maiden and the Daughters of Jerusalem

1:5 The Beloved to the Maidens:

I am dark but lovely, O maidens 30  of Jerusalem,

dark 31  like the tents of Qedar, 32 

lovely 33  like the tent curtains 34  of Salmah. 35 

1:6 Do not stare at me because 36  I am dark,

for 37  the sun has burned my skin. 38 

My brothers 39  were angry 40  with me;

they made me the keeper of the vineyards.

Alas, my own vineyard 41  I could not keep! 42 

The Shepherd and the Shepherdess

1:7 The Beloved to Her Lover:

Tell me, O you whom my heart 43  loves,

where do you pasture your sheep?

Where do you rest your sheep during the midday heat?

Tell me lest 44  I wander around 45 

beside the flocks of your companions!

1:8 The Lover to His Beloved:

If you do not know, O most beautiful of women,

simply follow the tracks of my flock,

and pasture your little lambs

beside the tents of the shepherds.

The Beautiful Mare and the Fragrant Myrrh

1:9 The Lover to His Beloved:

O my beloved, you are like 46  a 47  mare 48 

among Pharaoh’s stallions. 49 

1:10 Your cheeks are beautiful with ornaments;

your neck is lovely 50  with strings of jewels.

1:11 We 51  will make for you gold ornaments

studded with silver. 52 

1:12 The Beloved about Her Lover:

While the king was at his banqueting table, 53 

my nard 54  gave forth its fragrance. 55 

1:13 My beloved is like a fragrant pouch of myrrh 56 

spending the night 57  between my breasts.

1:14 My beloved is like a cluster of henna blossoms 58 

in the vineyards of En-Gedi. 59 

Mutual Praise and Admiration

1:15 The Lover to His Beloved:

Oh, 60  how beautiful you are, my beloved! 61 

Oh, how beautiful you are!

Your eyes 62  are like doves! 63 

1:16 The Beloved to Her Lover:

Oh, how handsome you are, my lover! 64 

Oh, 65  how delightful 66  you are!

The lush foliage 67  is our canopied bed; 68 

1:17 the cedars are the beams of our bedroom chamber;

the pines are the rafters of our bedroom.

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