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The SONG OF SOLOMON
1:1 The song of songs, which is Solomon’s.
1:2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better
1:3 Because of the savor of thy good ointments thy name is as
ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.
1:4 Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his
chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy
love more than wine: the upright love thee.
1:5 I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents
of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.
1:6 Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath
looked upon me: my mother’s children were angry with me; they
made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have
I not kept.
1:7 Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where
thou makest thy flock to rest at noon: for why should I be as one
that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions?
1:8 If thou know not, O thou fairest among women, go thy way forth
by the footsteps of the flock, and feed thy kids beside the
1:9 I have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in
1:10 Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, thy neck with chains
1:11 We will make thee borders of gold with studs of silver.
1:12 While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the
1:13 A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto me; he shall lie all night
betwixt my breasts.
1:14 My beloved is unto me as a cluster of camphire in the vineyards of
1:15 Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast
1:16 Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed is
1:17 The beams of our house are cedar, and our rafters of fir.
2:1 I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.
2:2 As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.
2:3 As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved
among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight,
and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
2:4 He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me
2:5 Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of
2:6 His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace
2:7 I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the
hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he
2:8 The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the
mountains, skipping upon the hills.
2:9 My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth
behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself
through the lattice.
2:10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair
one, and come away.
2:11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
2:12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is
come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;
2:13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the
tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and
2:14 O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of
the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for
sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.
2:15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines
have tender grapes.
2:16 My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.
2:17 Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved,
and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of
3:1 By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought
him, but I found him not.
3:2 I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the
broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him,
but I found him not.
3:3 The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said,
Saw ye him whom my soul loveth?
3:4 It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom
my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go, until I had
brought him into my mother’s house, and into the chamber of her
that conceived me.
3:5 I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the
hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he
3:6 Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke,
perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the
3:7 Behold his bed, which is Solomon’s; threescore valiant men are
about it, of the valiant of Israel.
3:8 They all hold swords, being expert in war: every man hath his
sword upon his thigh because of fear in the night.
3:9 King Solomon made himself a chariot of the wood of Lebanon.
3:10 He made the pillars thereof of silver, the bottom thereof of gold,
the covering of it of purple, the midst thereof being paved with
love, for the daughters of Jerusalem.
3:11 Go forth, O ye daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon with
the crown wherewith his mother crowned him in the day of his
espousals, and in the day of the gladness of his heart.
4:1 Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast
doves’ eyes within thy locks: thy hair is as a flock of goats, that
appear from mount Gilead.
4:2 Thy teeth are like a flock of sheep that are even shorn, which came
up from the washing; whereof every one bear twins, and none is
barren among them.
4:3 Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet, and thy speech is comely: thy
temples are like a piece of a pomegranate within thy locks.
4:4 Thy neck is like the tower of David builded for an armory,
whereon there hang a thousand bucklers, all shields of mighty men.
4:5 Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins, which feed
among the lilies.
4:6 Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, I will get me to
the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense.
4:7 Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.
4:8 Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse, with me from Lebanon:
look from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon,
from the lions’ dens, from the mountains of the leopards.
4:9 Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast
ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy
4:10 How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is
thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all
4:11 Thy lips, O my spouse, drop as the honeycomb: honey and milk
are under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments is like the
smell of Lebanon.
4:12 A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a
4:13 Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits;
camphire, with spikenard,
4:14 Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of
frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices:
4:15 A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from
4:16 Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my
garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come
into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits.
5:1 I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered
my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my
honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink,
yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.
5:2 I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that
knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my
undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the
drops of the night.
5:3 I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my
feet; how shall I defile them?
5:4 My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my
bowels were moved for him.
5:5 I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with
myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the
handles of the lock.
5:6 I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself,
and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I
could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.
5:7 The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me,
they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil
5:8 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that
ye tell him, that I am sick of love.
5:9 What is thy beloved more than another beloved, O thou fairest
among women? what is thy beloved more than another beloved,
that thou dost so charge us?
5:10 My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand.
5:11 His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as
5:12 His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed
with milk, and fitly set.
5:13 His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like
lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh.
5:14 His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright
ivory overlaid with sapphires.
5:15 His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold: his
countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.
5:16 His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my
beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.
6:1 Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women?
whither is thy beloved turned aside? that we may seek him with
6:2 My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to
feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.
6:3 I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine: he feedeth among the
6:4 Thou art beautiful, O my love, as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem,
terrible as an army with banners.
6:5 Turn away thine eyes from me, for they have overcome me: thy
hair is as a flock of goats that appear from Gilead.
6:6 Thy teeth are as a flock of sheep which go up from the washing,
whereof every one beareth twins, and there is not one barren
6:7 As a piece of a pomegranate are thy temples within thy locks.
6:8 There are threescore queens, and fourscore concubines, and virgins
6:9 My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her
mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her. The daughters
saw her, and blessed her; yea, the queens and the concubines, and
they praised her.
6:10 Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon,
clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?
6:11 I went down into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley,
and to see whether the vine flourished and the pomegranates
6:12 Or ever I was aware, my soul made me like the chariots of
6:13 Return, return, O Shulamite; return, return, that we may look upon
thee. What will ye see in the Shulamite? As it were the company of
7:1 How beautiful are thy feet with shoes, O prince’s daughter! the
joints of thy thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a
7:2 Thy navel is like a round goblet, which wanteth not liquor: thy
belly is like an heap of wheat set about with lilies.
7:3 Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins.
7:4 Thy neck is as a tower of ivory; thine eyes like the fishpools in
Heshbon, by the gate of Bathrabbim: thy nose is as the tower of
Lebanon which looketh toward Damascus.
7:5 Thine head upon thee is like Carmel, and the hair of thine head like
purple; the king is held in the galleries.
7:6 How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!
7:7 This thy stature is like to a palm tree, and thy breasts to clusters
7:8 I said, I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of the boughs
thereof: now also thy breasts shall be as clusters of the vine, and
the smell of thy nose like apples;
7:9 And the roof of thy mouth like the best wine for my beloved, that
goeth down sweetly, causing the lips of those that are asleep to
7:10 I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me.
7:11 Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the
7:12 Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish,
whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth:
there will I give thee my loves.
7:13 The mandrakes give a smell, and at our gates are all manner of
pleasant fruits, new and old, which I have laid up for thee, O my
8:1 O that thou wert as my brother, that sucked the breasts of my
mother! when I should find thee without, I would kiss thee; yea, I
should not be despised.
8:2 I would lead thee, and bring thee into my mother’s house, who
would instruct me: I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine of
the juice of my pomegranate.
8:3 His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should
8:4 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up, nor
awake my love, until he please.
8:5 Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her
beloved? I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy mother
brought thee forth: there she brought thee forth that bare thee.
8:6 Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love
is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof
are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.
8:7 Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it:
if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would
utterly be contemned.
8:8 We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts: what shall we do
for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for?
8:9 If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she
be a door, we will inclose her with boards of cedar.
8:10 I am a wall, and my breasts like towers: then was I in his eyes as
one that found favor.
8:11 Solomon had a vineyard at Baalhamon; he let out the vineyard unto
keepers; every one for the fruit thereof was to bring a thousand
pieces of silver.
8:12 My vineyard, which is mine, is before me: thou, O Solomon, must
have a thousand, and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred.
8:13 Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy
voice: cause me to hear it.
8:14 Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young
hart upon the mountains of spices.