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Song of Songs 1 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:1 - The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s.

The Bride Confesses Her Love

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:2 - She[fn]
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!
For your love is better than wine;
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:3 - your anointing oils are fragrant;
your name is oil poured out;
therefore virgins love you.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:4 - Draw me after you; let us run.
The king has brought me into his chambers.

We will exult and rejoice in you;
we will extol your love more than wine;
rightly do they love you.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:5 - She
I am very dark, but lovely,
O daughters of Jerusalem,
like the tents of Kedar,
like the curtains of Solomon.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:6 - Do not gaze at me because I am dark,
because the sun has looked upon me.
My mother’s sons were angry with me;
they made me keeper of the vineyards,
but my own vineyard I have not kept!
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:7 - Tell me, you whom my soul loves,
where you pasture your flock,
where you make it lie down at noon;
for why should I be like one who veils herself
beside the flocks of your companions?

Solomon and His Bride Delight in Each Other

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:8 - He
If you do not know,
O most beautiful among women,
follow in the tracks of the flock,
and pasture your young goats
beside the shepherds’ tents.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:9 - I compare you, my love,
to a mare among Pharaoh’s chariots.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:10 - Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments,
your neck with strings of jewels.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:11 - Others
We will make for you[fn] ornaments of gold,
studded with silver.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:12 - She
While the king was on his couch,
my nard gave forth its fragrance.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:13 - My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh
that lies between my breasts.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:14 - My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms
in the vineyards of Engedi.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:15 - He
Behold, you are beautiful, my love;
behold, you are beautiful;
your eyes are doves.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:16 - She
Behold, you are beautiful, my beloved, truly delightful.
Our couch is green;
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:17 - the beams of our house are cedar;
our rafters are pine.
ESV Footnotes
The translators have added speaker identifications based on the gender and number of the Hebrew words
The Hebrew for you is feminine singular

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version copyright © 2001, 2007, 2011, 2016 by Crossway Books and Bibles, a Publishing Ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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For more information on this translation, see the ESV Preface.

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