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Song of Songs 1 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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The Young Shulammite Bride and Jerusalem's Daughters

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:1 - The [fn]Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:2 - [fn]May he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!
For your love is better than wine.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:3 - “Your oils have a pleasing fragrance,
Your name is like [fn]purified oil;
Therefore the [fn]maidens love you.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:4 - “Draw me after you and let us run together!
The king has brought me into his chambers.”
[fn]We will rejoice in you and be glad;
We will [fn]extol your love more than wine.
Rightly do they love you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:5 - [fn]I am black but lovely,
O daughters of Jerusalem,
Like the tents of Kedar,
Like the curtains of Solomon.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:6 - “Do not stare at me because I am [fn]swarthy,
For the sun has burned me.
My mother’s sons were angry with me;
They made me caretaker of the vineyards,
But I have not taken care of my own vineyard.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:7 - “Tell me, O you whom my soul loves,
Where do you pasture your flock,
Where do you make it lie down at noon?
For why should I be like one who [fn]veils herself
Beside the flocks of your companions?”

Solomon, the Lover, Speaks

Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:8 - [fn]If you yourself do not know,
Most beautiful among women,
Go forth on the trail of the flock
And pasture your young goats
By the tents of the shepherds.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:9 - [fn]To me, my darling, you are like
My mare among the chariots of Pharaoh.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:10 - “Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments,
Your neck with strings of beads.”
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:11 - [fn]We will make for you ornaments of gold
With beads of silver.”
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:12 - [fn]While the king was at his [fn]table,
My [fn]perfume gave forth its fragrance.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:13 - “My beloved is to me a pouch of myrrh
Which lies all night 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 - [fn][fn]How beautiful you are, my darling,
[fn]How beautiful you are!
Your eyes are like doves.”
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:16 - [fn][fn]How handsome you are, my beloved,
And so pleasant!
Indeed, our couch is luxuriant!
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:17 - “The beams of our houses are cedars,
Our rafters, [fn]cypresses.
NASB95 Footnotes
Or, Best of the Songs
Literally: oil which is emptied (from one vessel to another)
Or, virgins
Literally: mention with praise
Or, black
Some versions read wanders
Literally: I have compared you to
Or, couch
Literally: nard
Literally: Behold
Literally: Behold
Or, junipers

New American Standard Bible 1995
Copyright (c) 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995
by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif.
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