1Solomon’s Most Wonderful Song 2Cover me with kisses. For your love is better than wine. 3Your perfume smells wonderful, but your name is sweeter than the best perfume. That is why the young women love you. 4Take me with you! Let’s run away! The king took me into his room. We will rejoice and be happy for you. Remember, your love is better than wine. With good reason the young women love you. 5Daughters of Jerusalem, I am dark and beautiful, as black as the tents of Kedar and Salma. 6Don’t look at how dark I am, at how dark the sun has made me. My brothers were angry at me. They forced me to take care of their vineyards. So I could not take care of myself. 7I love you with all my soul! Tell me; Where do you feed ˻your sheep˼? Where do you lay ˻them˼ down at noon? ˻I should come to be with you˼ or I will be like a hired woman caring for the sheep of your friends! 8You are such a beautiful woman! Surely you know what to do. Go, follow the sheep. Feed your young goats near the shepherds’ tents. 9My darling, you are more exciting to me than any mare among the stallions pulling Pharaoh’s chariots. ˻Those horses have beautiful decorations at the side of their faces and around their necks.˼ 10- 11Here are the decorations made for you, a golden headband and a silver necklace. Your cheeks are so beautiful decorated with gold. Your neck is so beautiful laced with silver. 12The smell of my perfume reaches out to the king lying on his couch. 13My lover is like a small bag of myrrh ˻around my neck˼, lying all night between my breasts. 14My lover is like a cluster of henna flowers near the vineyards of En-gedi. 15My darling, you are so beautiful! Oh, you are beautiful! Your eyes are like doves. 16You are so handsome, my lover! Yes, and so charming! Our bed is so fresh and pleasant! 17The beams of our house are cedar. The rafters are fir.
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