Song of Solomon 1

 1 The most beautiful song of Solomon.

The Young Woman Arrives in Solomon’s Palace

[Bride]

 2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth.

Your expressions of love are better than wine,

 3 better than the fragrance of cologne.

(Cologne should be named after you.)

No wonder the young women love you!

 4 Take me with you. Let’s run away.

The king has brought me into his private rooms.

[The chorus of young women]

We will celebrate and rejoice with you.

We will praise your expressions of love more than wine.

How right it is that the young women love you!

[Bride]

 5 Young women of Jerusalem, I am dark and lovely

like Kedar’s tents,

like Solomon’s curtains.

 6 Stop staring at me because I am so dark.

The sun has tanned me.

My brothers were angry with me.

They made me the caretaker of the vineyards.

I have not even taken care of my own vineyard.

 7 Please tell me, you whom I love, where do you graze your flock?

Where does your flock lie down at noon?

Tell me, or I will be considered a prostitute

wandering among the flocks of your companions.

[The chorus of young women]

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

follow the tracks of the flocks,

and graze your young goats near the shepherds’ tents.

Solomon Searches for the Young Woman’s Love

[Groom]

 9 My true love, I compare you to a mare among Pharaoh’s stallions.

 10 Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments,

your neck with strings of pearls.

[The chorus of young women]

 11 We will make gold ornaments with silver beads for you.

[Bride]

 12 While the king is at his table,

my perfume fills the air with its fragrance.

 13 My beloved is a pouch of myrrh1

that lies at night between my breasts.

 14 My beloved is a bouquet of henna flowers

in the vineyards of En Gedi.

[Groom]

 15 Look at you! You are beautiful, my true love!

Look at you! You are so beautiful!

Your eyes are like doves!

[Bride]

 16 Look at you! You are handsome, my beloved, so pleasing to me!

The leaf-scattered ground will be our couch.

 17 The cedars will be the walls of our house.

The cypress trees will be our rafters.