The Message

Song of Solomon 1

1The Song—best of all songs—Solomon’s song!

The Woman

2-3 Kiss me—full on the mouth!
    Yes! For your love is better than wine,
    headier than your aromatic oils.
The syllables of your name murmur like a meadow brook.
    No wonder everyone loves to say your name!

Take me away with you! Let’s run off together!
    An elopement with my King-Lover!
We’ll celebrate, we’ll sing,
    we’ll make great music.
Yes! For your love is better than vintage wine.
    Everyone loves you—of course! And why not?

5-6 I am weathered but still elegant,
    oh, dear sisters in Jerusalem,
Weather-darkened like Kedar desert tents,
    time-softened like Solomon’s Temple hangings.
Don’t look down on me because I’m dark,
    darkened by the sun’s harsh rays.
My brothers ridiculed me and sent me to work in the fields.
    They made me care for the face of the earth,
    but I had no time to care for my own face.

Tell me where you’re working
    —I love you so much—
Tell me where you’re tending your flocks,
    where you let them rest at noontime.
Why should I be the one left out,
    outside the orbit of your tender care?

The Man

If you can’t find me, loveliest of all women,
    it’s all right. Stay with your flocks.
Lead your lambs to good pasture.
    Stay with your shepherd neighbors.

9-11 You remind me of Pharaoh’s
    well-groomed and satiny mares.
Pendant earrings line the elegance of your cheeks;
    strands of jewels illumine the curve of your throat.
I’m making jewelry for you, gold and silver jewelry
    that will mark and accent your beauty.

The Woman

12-14 When my King-Lover lay down beside me,
    my fragrance filled the room.
His head resting between my breasts—
    the head of my lover was a sachet of sweet myrrh.
My beloved is a bouquet of wildflowers
    picked just for me from the fields of Engedi.

The Man

15 Oh, my dear friend! You’re so beautiful!
    And your eyes so beautiful—like doves!

The Woman

16-17 And you, my dear lover—you’re so handsome!
    And the bed we share is like a forest glen.
We enjoy a canopy of cedars
    enclosed by cypresses, fragrant and green.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

雅歌 1

1這是所羅門的歌,是歌中最美妙的歌。

女子:

深深地吻我吧!
因為你的愛情比美酒更香甜。
你的美名如此芬芳,
如同倒出來的香膏,
難怪少女們都愛慕你。
你帶我走,讓我們一起奔跑吧!
王啊,把我帶進你的寢宮吧!

耶路撒冷的少女:

我們為你歡喜快樂,
我們要頌揚你那勝似美酒的愛情。

女子:

難怪少女們都愛慕你!
耶路撒冷的少女啊!
我雖然黑似基達的帳篷,
卻美如所羅門的錦帳。
不要因為我被太陽曬黑就看不起我。
這是因為我的兄弟惱恨我,
要我在烈日之下看守葡萄園,
使我無暇照顧自己[a]
我心愛的人啊,告訴我吧,
你在哪裡牧羊?
中午帶羊去哪裡歇息?
我何必在你同伴的羊群旁流浪,
像風塵女子一樣呢?

耶路撒冷的少女:

絕色佳人啊!
要是你不知道,
就跟著羊群的足跡,
到牧人的帳篷邊餵養你的山羊羔吧。

男子:

我的愛人啊,
你好比法老戰車上套的牝馬,
引人注目。
10 耳環輝映你的臉頰,
珠鏈輕襯你的頸項。
11 我們要為你打造鑲有銀珠的金飾。

女子:

12 王坐席的時候,
我身上的哪噠香膏芬芳四溢。
13 我的良人靠在我懷中,
如同一袋沒藥。
14 我的良人在我眼中,
好像隱·基底葡萄園中的鳳仙花。

男子:

15 我的愛人啊!
你真是美極了!美極了!
你的眼神純情專一,好像鴿子的眼睛。

女子:

16 我的良人啊!
你真英俊!真可愛!
我們以青草作床榻,
17 以香柏樹作屋樑,
以松樹作椽子。

Notas al pie

  1. 1·6 我無暇照顧自己」希伯來文是「我卻無法照料自己的葡萄園」。