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Song of Songs 1 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:1 - Solomon’s Song of Songs.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:2 - She[fn]: Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth— for your love is more delightful than wine.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:3 - Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out. No wonder the young women love you!
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:4 - Take me away with you—let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers. Friends: We rejoice and delight in you[fn]; we will praise your love more than wine. She: How right they are to adore you!
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:5 - Dark am I, yet lovely, daughters of Jerusalem, dark like the tents of Kedar, like the tent curtains of Solomon.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:6 - Do not stare at me because I am dark, because I am darkened by the sun. My mother’s sons were angry with me and made me take care of the vineyards; my own vineyard I had to neglect.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:7 - Tell me, you whom I love, where you graze your flock and where you rest your sheep at midday. Why should I be like a veiled woman beside the flocks of your friends?
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:8 - Friends: If you do not know, most beautiful of women, follow the tracks of the sheep and graze your young goats by the tents of the shepherds.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:9 - He: I liken you, my darling, to a mare among Pharaoh’s chariot horses.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:10 - Your cheeks are beautiful with earrings, your neck with strings of jewels.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:11 - We will make you earrings of gold, studded with silver.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:12 - She: While the king was at his table, my perfume spread its fragrance.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:13 - My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh resting between my breasts.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:14 - My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms from the vineyards of En Gedi.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:15 - He: How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:16 - She: How handsome you are, my beloved! Oh, how charming! And our bed is verdant.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:17 - He: The beams of our house are cedars; our rafters are firs.
NIV Footnotes
The main male and female speakers (identified primarily on the basis of the gender of the relevant Hebrew forms) are indicated by the captions He and She respectively. The words of others are marked Friends. In some instances the divisions and their captions are debatable.
The Hebrew is masculine singular.
Or Salma

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