1The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s.#1Kg 4:32
2Oh, that he would kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!
For your caresses#1:2 Or acts of love are more delightful than wine.#Sg 4:10
3The fragrance of your perfume is intoxicating;#Jn 12:3
your name is perfume poured out.#Ec 7:1
No wonder young women#1:3 Or wonder virgins adore you.
4Take me with you#Hs 11:4 — let’s hurry.
Oh, that the king would bring#1:4 Or The king has brought me to his chambers.
We will rejoice and be glad in you;
we will celebrate your caresses more than wine.
It is only right that they adore you.
5Daughters of Jerusalem,#Sg 2:7; 3:5,10; 5:8,16; 8:4
I am dark like the tents of Kedar,#Ps 120:5; Is 60:7
yet lovely#Sg 2:14; 4:3; 6:4 like the curtains of Solomon.
6Do not stare at me because I am dark,
for the sun has gazed on me.
My mother’s sons were angry with me;#Ps 69:8
they made me take care of the vineyards.#Sg 8:11
I have not taken care of my own vineyard.
7Tell me, you whom I love:#Sg 3:1-4
Where do you pasture your sheep?#Sg 2:16; 6:3
Where do you let them rest at noon?#Is 13:20; Jr 33:12
Why should I be like one who veils herself#1:7 Or who wanders
beside the flocks of your companions?#Sg 8:13
8 # 1:8 Some understand the young women to be the speakers in this verse. If you do not know,
most beautiful of women,#Sg 5:9; 6:1
follow#1:8 Lit go out for yourself into the tracks of the flock,
and pasture your young goats
near the shepherds’ tents.
9I compare you, my darling,#Sg 1:15
to a#1:9 Lit my mare among Pharaoh’s chariots.#2Ch 1:16-17
10Your cheeks are beautiful with jewelry,#Sg 5:13
your neck with its necklace.
11We will make gold jewelry for you,
accented with silver.
12While the king is on his couch,#1:12 Or is at his table
my perfume#1:12 Lit nard releases its fragrance.#Sg 4:14; Mk 14:3; Jn 12:3
13The one I love is a sachet of myrrh to me,#Ps 45:8; Jn 19:39
spending the night between my breasts.
14The one I love is a cluster of henna blossoms to me,#Sg 4:13
in the vineyards of En-gedi.#1Sm 23:29
15How beautiful you are, my darling.
How very beautiful!
Your eyes are doves.#Sg 4:1
16How handsome you are, my love.#Sg 2:3
Our bed is verdant;
17the beams of our house are cedars,
and our rafters are cypresses.#1:17 Or firs, or pines