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Song of Songs 1 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:1 - This is Solomon’s song of songs, more wonderful than any other.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:2 - Young Woman[fn]
Kiss me and kiss me again,
for your love is sweeter than wine.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:3 - How fragrant your cologne;
your name is like its spreading fragrance.
No wonder all the young women love you!
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:4 - Take me with you; come, let’s run!
The king has brought me into his bedroom.

Young Women of Jerusalem
How happy we are for you, O king.
We praise your love even more than wine.

Young Woman
How right they are to adore you.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:5 - I am dark but beautiful,
O women of Jerusalem—
dark as the tents of Kedar,
dark as the curtains of Solomon’s tents.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:6 - Don’t stare at me because I am dark—
the sun has darkened my skin.
My brothers were angry with me;
they forced me to care for their vineyards,
so I couldn’t care for myself—my own vineyard.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:7 - Tell me, my love, where are you leading your flock today?
Where will you rest your sheep at noon?
For why should I wander like a prostitute[fn]
among your friends and their flocks?
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:8 - Young Man
If you don’t know, O most beautiful woman,
follow the trail of my flock,
and graze your young goats by the shepherds’ tents.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:9 - You are as exciting, my darling,
as a mare among Pharaoh’s stallions.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:10 - How lovely are your cheeks;
your earrings set them afire!
How lovely is your neck,
enhanced by a string of jewels.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:11 - We will make for you earrings of gold
and beads of silver.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:12 - Young Woman
The king is lying on his couch,
enchanted by the fragrance of my perfume.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:13 - My lover is like a sachet of myrrh
lying between my breasts.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:14 - He is like a bouquet of sweet henna blossoms
from the vineyards of En-gedi.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:15 - Young Man
How beautiful you are, my darling,
how beautiful!
Your eyes are like doves.
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:16 - Young Woman
You are so handsome, my love,
pleasing beyond words!
The soft grass is our bed;
Unchecked Copy BoxSng 1:17 - fragrant cedar branches are the beams of our house,
and pleasant smelling firs are the rafters.
NLT Footnotes
The headings identifying the speakers are not in the original text, though the Hebrew usually gives clues by means of the gender of the person speaking.
Hebrew like a veiled woman.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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

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