In my bed at night # Or bed night after night
I sought the one I love; #Sg 1:7
I sought him, but did not find him. # LXX adds I called him, but he did not answer me #Sg 5:6
2I will arise now and go about the city,
through the streets and the plazas. #Jr 5:1
I will seek the one I love.
I sought him, but did not find him.
3The guards who go about the city found me. #Sg 5:7
I asked them, “Have you seen the one I love? ”
4I had just passed them
when I found the one I love.
I held on to him and would not let him go
until I brought him to my mother’s house #Sg 8:2 —
to the chamber of the one who conceived me.
5Young women of Jerusalem, I charge you
by the gazelles and the wild does of the field:
do not stir up or awaken love
until the appropriate time. # Lit until it pleases #Sg 2:7|NoBook| 5:8|NoBook| 8:4
6What is this #Sg 6:10|NoBook| 8:5 coming up from the wilderness
like columns of smoke,
scented with myrrh and frankincense #Sg 4:6
from every fragrant powder of the merchant?
7It is Solomon’s royal litter # A conveyance carried on the shoulders of servants
surrounded by 60 warriors
from the mighty of Israel.
8All of them are skilled with swords
and trained in warfare.
Each has his sword at his side #Ps 45:3
to guard against the terror of the night. #Ps 91:5
9King Solomon made a sedan chair # In Hb, the term sedan chair is possibly a synonym for “litter”; it is also called a palanquin. for himself
with wood from Lebanon.
10He made its posts of silver,
its back # Or base, or canopy of gold,
and its seat of purple.
Its interior is inlaid with love # Or leather
by the young women of Jerusalem. #Sg 1:5
11Come out, young women of Zion, #Is 3:16-17|NoBook| 4:4
and gaze at King Solomon,
wearing the crown his mother placed on him
the day of his wedding #Is 62:5 —
the day of his heart’s rejoicing.