The most beautiful of songs, by Solomon.1.1 by Solomon; or dedicated to Solomon, or about Solomon.
2Your lips cover me with kisses;
your love is better than wine.
3There is a fragrance about you;
the sound of your name recalls it.
No woman could help loving you.
4Take me with you, and we'll run away;
be my king and take me to your room.
We will be happy together,
drink deep, and lose ourselves in love.
No wonder all women love you!
5Women of Jerusalem, I am dark but1.5 but; or and. beautiful,
dark as the desert tents of Kedar,
but beautiful as the curtains in Solomon's palace.
6Don't look down on me because of my colour,
because the sun has tanned me.
My brothers were angry with me
and made me work in the vineyard.
I had no time to care for myself.
7Tell me, my love,
Where will you lead your flock to graze?
Where will they rest from the noonday sun?
Why should I need to look for you
among the flocks of the other shepherds?1.7 Probable text Why should I… shepherds; Hebrew unclear.
8Don't you know the place, loveliest of women?
Go and follow the flock;
find pasture for your goats
near the tents of the shepherds.
9You, my love, excite men
as a mare excites the stallions of Pharaoh's chariots.
10Your hair is beautiful upon your cheeks
and falls along your neck like jewels.
11But we will make for you a chain of gold
with ornaments of silver.
12My king was lying on his couch,
and my perfume filled the air with fragrance.
13My lover has the scent of myrrh
as he lies upon my breasts.
14My lover is like the wild flowers
that bloom in the vineyards at Engedi.
15How beautiful you are, my love;
how your eyes shine with love!
16How handsome you are, my dearest;
how you delight me!
The green grass will be our bed;
17the cedars will be the beams of our house,
and the cypress trees the ceiling.