She Speaks
1At night on my bed,
I look for the man I love.
I looked for him,
but I could not find him.
2I will get up now!
I will go around the city.
In the streets and squares,
I will look for the man I love.
I looked for him,
but I could not find him.
3The guards patrolling the city found me.
I asked them, “Have you seen the man I love?”
4I had just left the guards
when I found the man I love!
I held him and would not let him go,
while I took him to my mother’s house,
to the room of one who bore#3:4 bore Or “taught.” See 8:2. me.
She Speaks to the Women
5Women of Jerusalem, promise me
by the gazelles and wild deer,
don’t awaken love,
don’t arouse love, until I am ready.#3:5 until I am ready Literally, “until it desires.”
The Women of Jerusalem Speak
6Who is this woman
coming from the desert#3:6 woman coming from the desert See 8:5.
with this large group of people?
The dust rises behind them
like clouds of smoke from burning myrrh and frankincense and other spices.#3:6 spices Literally, “powders of the trader.” These were imported spices and incense.
7Look, Solomon’s traveling chair.#3:7 traveling chair A kind of chair that the rich traveled in. These chairs were covered and had poles that slaves used to carry them. Also in verse 9.
There are 60 soldiers guarding it,
strong soldiers of Israel.
8All of them are trained fighting men
with their swords at their side,
ready for any danger of the night.
9King Solomon made a traveling chair for himself.
The wood came from Lebanon.
10The poles were made from silver,
and the supports were made from gold.
The seat was covered with purple cloth.
It was inlaid with love by the women of Jerusalem.
11Women of Zion, come out
and see King Solomon.
See the crown#3:11 crown This might be a wreath of flowers he wore on his head at his wedding. his mother put on him
the day he was married,
the day he was so happy!