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Song of Songs 1 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Solomon’s Love for a Shulamite Girl
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:1 - The song of songs, which is Solomon’s.
The Banquet
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:2 - The Shulamite[fn]
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—
For your[fn] love is better than wine.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:3 - Because of the fragrance of your good ointments,
Your name is ointment poured forth;
Therefore the virgins love you.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:4 - Draw me away!

The Daughters of Jerusalem
We will run after you.[fn]

The Shulamite
The king has brought me into his chambers.

The Daughters of Jerusalem
We will be glad and rejoice in you.[fn]
We will remember your[fn] love more than wine.

The Shulamite
Rightly do they love you.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:5 - I am dark, but lovely,
O daughters of Jerusalem,
Like the tents of Kedar,
Like the curtains of Solomon.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:6 - Do not look upon me, because I am dark,
Because the sun has tanned me.
My mother’s sons were angry with me;
They made me the keeper of the vineyards,
But my own vineyard I have not kept.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:7 - (To Her Beloved)
Tell me, O you whom I love,
Where you feed your flock,
Where you make it rest at noon.
For why should I be as one who veils herself[fn]
By the flocks of your companions?
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:8 - The Beloved
If you do not know, O fairest among women,
Follow in the footsteps of the flock,
And feed your little goats
Beside the shepherds’ tents.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:9 - I have compared you, my love,
To my filly among Pharaoh’s chariots.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:10 - Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments,
Your neck with chains of gold.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:11 - The Daughters of Jerusalem
We will make you[fn] ornaments of gold
With studs of silver.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:12 - The Shulamite
While the king is at his table,
My spikenard sends forth its fragrance.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:13 - A bundle of myrrh is my beloved to me,
That lies all night between my breasts.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:14 - My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blooms
In the vineyards of En Gedi.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:15 - The Beloved
Behold, you are fair, my love!
Behold, you are fair!
You have dove’s eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:16 - The Shulamite
Behold, you are handsome, my beloved!
Yes, pleasant!
Also our bed is green.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:17 - The beams of our houses are cedar,
And our rafters of fir.
NKJV Footnotes
A Palestinian young woman (compare 6:13). The speaker and audience are identified according to the number, gender, and person of the Hebrew words. Occasionally the identity is not certain.
Masculine singular, that is, the Beloved
Masculine singular, that is, the Beloved
Feminine singular, that is, the Shulamite
Masculine singular, that is, the Beloved
Masculine singular, that is, the Beloved
Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate read wanders.
Feminine singular, that is, the Shulamite

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