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   Book of Song of SolomonClick Verse Reference for Study Notes
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The Young Shulammite Bride and Jerusalem's Daughters

1 The Song F1 of Songs, R1 which is Solomon's.

2 "May F2 he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!

For your love R2 is better than wine.

3 "Your oils R3 have a pleasing fragrance,

Your name R4 is like purified F3 oil;

Therefore the maidens R5 F4 love you.

4 "Draw me after you and let us run together!

The king R6 has brought me into his chambers."

"We F5 will rejoice in you and be glad;

We will extol F6 your love R7 more than wine.

Rightly do they love you."

5 "I F7 am black but lovely, R8

O daughters R9 of Jerusalem,

Like the tents R10 of Kedar, R11

Like the curtains of Solomon.

6 "Do not stare at me because I am swarthy, F8

For the sun has burned me.

My mother's R12 sons were angry with me;

They made me caretaker R13 of the vineyards,

But I have not taken care of my own vineyard.

7 "Tell me, O you whom R14 my soul loves,

Where do you pasture R15 your flock,

Where do you make it lie R16 down at noon?

For why should I be like one who veils F9 herself

Beside the flocks of your companions?" R17

Solomon, the Lover, Speaks

8 "If F10 you yourself do not know,

Most R18 beautiful among women,

Go forth on the trail of the flock

And pasture your young goats

By the tents of the shepherds.

9 "To F11 me, my R19 darling, you are like

My mare R20 among the chariots of Pharaoh.

10 "Your cheeks R21 are lovely with ornaments,

Your neck with strings of beads." R22

11 "We F12 will make for you ornaments of gold

With beads of silver."

12 "While F13 the king was at his table, F14

My perfume R23 F15 gave forth its fragrance.

13 "My beloved is to me a pouch of myrrh R24

Which lies all night between my breasts.

14 "My beloved is to me a cluster of henna R25 blossoms

In the vineyards of Engedi." R26

15 "<,>How R27 F17 F16 beautiful you are, my darling,

How F17 beautiful you are!

Your eyes R28 are like doves."

16 "<,>How F19 F18 handsome you are, my R29 beloved,

And so pleasant!

Indeed, our couch is luxuriant!

17 "The beams of our houses are cedars, R30

Our rafters, cypresses. R31 F20


FOOTNOTES:
F1: Or Best of the Songs
F2: BRIDE
F3: Lit oil which is emptied (from one vessel to another)
F4: Or virgins
F5: CHORUS
F6: Lit mention with praise
F7: BRIDE
F8: Or black
F9: Some versions read wanders
F10: BRIDEGROOM
F11: Lit I have compared you to
F12: CHORUS
F13: BRIDE
F14: Or couch
F15: Lit nard
F17: Lit Behold
F16: BRIDEGROOM
F17: Lit Behold
F19: Lit Behold
F18: BRIDE
F20: Or junipers

CROSS REFERENCES:
R1: 1 Kings 4:32
R2: Song of Solomon 1:4; 4:10
R3: Song of Solomon 4:10; John 12:3
R4: Ecclesiastes 7:1
R5: Psalms 45:14
R6: Psalms 45:14,15
R7: Song of Solomon 1:4; 4:10
R8: Song of Solomon 2:14; 4:3; 6:4
R9: Song of Solomon 2:7; 3:5,10; 5:8,16; 8:4
R10: Psalms 120:5
R11: Isaiah 60:7
R12: Psalms 69:8
R13: Song of Solomon 8:11
R14: Song of Solomon 3:1-4
R15: Song of Solomon 2:16; 6:3
R16: Isaiah 13:20; Jeremiah 33:12
R17: Song of Solomon 8:13
R18: Song of Solomon 5:9; 6:1
R19: Song of Solomon 1:15; 2:2,10,13
R20: 2 Chronicles 1:16,17
R21: Song of Solomon 5:13
R22: Genesis 24:53; Isaiah 61:10
R23: Song of Solomon 4:14; Mark 14:3; John 12:3
R24: Psalms 45:8; John 19:39
R25: Song of Solomon 4:13
R26: 1 Samuel 23:29
R27: Song of Solomon 1:16; 2:10,13; 4:1,7; 6:4,10
R28: Song of Solomon 4:1; 5:12
R29: Song of Solomon 2:3,9,17; 5:2,5,6,8
R30: 1 Kings 6:9,10; Jeremiah 22:14
R31: 2 Chronicles 3:5

 
 

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