New International Reader's Version

Song of Songs 1:1-17

1This is the greatest song Solomon ever wrote.

A Shulammite woman says to King Solomon

2“I long for your lips to kiss me!

Your love makes me happier than wine does.

3The lotion you have on pleases me.

Your name is like perfume that is poured out.

No wonder the young women love you!

4Take me away with you. Let us hurry!

King Solomon, bring me into your palace.”

The other women say

“King Solomon, you fill us with joy. You make us happy.

We praise your love more than we praise wine.”

The woman says to the king

“It is right for them to love you!

5“Women of Jerusalem,

my skin is dark but lovely.

It is dark like the tents in Kedar.

It’s like the curtains of Solomon’s tent.

6Don’t stare at me because I’m dark.

The sun has made my skin look like this.

My brothers were angry with me.

They made me take care of the vineyards.

I haven’t even taken care of my own vineyard.

7“King Solomon, I love you.

So tell me where you take care of your flock.

Tell me where you rest your sheep at noon.

Why should I have to act like a prostitute

near the flocks of your friends?”

The other women say

8“You are the most beautiful woman of all.

Don’t you know where to find the king?

Follow the tracks the sheep make.

Take care of your young goats

near the tents of the shepherds.”

King Solomon says to the Shulammite woman

9“You are my love.

You are like a mare among Pharaoh’s chariot horses.

10Your earrings make your cheeks even more beautiful.

Your strings of jewels make your neck even more lovely.

11We will make gold earrings for you.

We’ll decorate them with silver.”

The woman says

12“The king was at his table.

My perfume gave off a sweet smell.

13The one who loves me is like a small bag of myrrh

resting between my breasts.

14He is like henna flowers

from the vineyards of En Gedi.”

The king says

15“You are so beautiful, my love!

So beautiful!

Your eyes are like doves.”

The woman says

16“You are so handsome, my love!

So charming!

The green field is our bed.”

The king says

17“Cedar trees above us are the beams of our house.

Fir trees overhead are its rafters.”

Holy Bible in Gĩkũyũ

Rwĩmbo 1:1-17

11:1 1Ath 4:32Rũrũ nĩruo rwĩmbo rwa Solomoni rũrĩa rwega gũkĩra nyĩmbo ciothe.

Mwendwa

21:2 Rwĩ 4:10; Kĩam 14:18Ta nĩamumunye na mamumunya ma kanua gake:

nĩ ũndũ wendo waku nĩ mwega gũkĩra ndibei.

31:3 Esit 2:12; Koh 7:1Mũtararĩko wa maguta macio wĩhakĩte nĩ mwega;

rĩĩtwa rĩaku no ta mũtararĩko wa maguta manungi wega magĩitanĩrĩrio.

Na nokĩo wendetwo nĩ airĩtu!

41:4 Thab 45:15Ndũkandige, nĩtũthiĩ nawe; reke twĩhĩke!

Mũthamaki nĩandoonyie nyũmba ciake cia thĩinĩ.

Arata

Tũgũcanjamũka na tũkene nĩ ũndũ waku;

tũrĩkumagia wendo waku gũkĩra ndibei.

Mwendwa

Kaĩ marĩ na kĩhooto gĩa gũkwenda-ĩ!

51:5 Kĩam 25:13Niĩ ndĩ mũirũ, no ndĩ mũthaka,

inyuĩ aarĩ a Jerusalemu,

njirĩte o ta hema cia Kedari,1:5 Andũ a Kedari maarĩ Arabu arĩa maatũũraga gũkuhĩ na Edomu, na hema ciao ciatumagwo na guoya wa mbũri njirũ.

ngaagĩra o ta itambaya cia gũcuuria hema cia Solomoni.

6Tigai kũndora nĩ ũndũ ndĩ mũirũ,

tondũ njirĩte nĩ kũhĩa nĩ riũa.

Ariũ a maitũ nĩmandakarĩire,

makĩndua mũrori wa mĩgũnda ya mĩthabibũ;

no mũgũnda wakwa wa mĩthabibũ nĩndĩũrekereirie.

71:7 Isa 13:20; Kĩam 24:65Atĩrĩrĩ, wee nyendete, ta njĩra harĩa ũrarĩithĩria rũũru rwaku rwa mbũri,

njĩĩra harĩa ũkwarahia ngʼondu ciaku mĩaraho.

Ingĩikara atĩa ta mũtumia mũhumbe maitho

ndũũru-inĩ cia arata aku?

Arata

81:8 Rwĩ 5:9We mũthaka kũrĩ andũ-a-nja othe, akorwo ndũũĩ-rĩ,

umagara ũrũmĩrĩre makinya ma ngʼondu,

ũkarĩithĩrie tũũri twaku

hakuhĩ na hema cia arĩithi.

Mwendani

91:9 2Maũ 1:17Wee, mwendwa wakwa-rĩ, ngũgerekanagia na mbarathi ya mũgoma

yohereirwo ngaari ĩmwe ya ngaari cia ita rĩa Firaũni.

101:10 Isa 61:10Makai maku-rĩ, mathakarĩirwo mũno nĩ icũhĩ cia matũ,

nayo ngingo yaku ĩkaagĩrĩrwo nĩ mĩgathĩ ya tũhiga twa goro.

11Tũgũgũthondekera icũhĩ cia matũ cia thahabu,

ciohanĩtio na tũbungo twa betha.

Mwendwa

12Rĩrĩa mũthamaki aarĩ metha-inĩ yake-rĩ,

maguta makwa manungi wega maiyũrĩtie mũtararĩko wamo kũu.

131:13 Kĩam 37:25Mwendwa wakwa harĩ niĩ-rĩ, ahaana ta koohe ka manemane1:13 Manemane nĩ mahuti manungaga wega maacinwo na mwaki, na monekaga Ethiopia, Irathĩro-rĩa-Gatagatĩ, na India.

gakomeire gatagatĩ ka nyondo ciakwa.

141:14 Thab 74:19; Jer 48:28Mwendwa wakwa harĩ niĩ-rĩ, nĩ ta kamanja ka mahũa ma mũhanuni

kuuma mĩgũnda-inĩ ya mĩthabibũ ya Eni-Gedi.1:14 Eni-Gedi nĩ handũ haarĩ maaĩ werũ-inĩ, na haarĩ mwena wa ithũĩro wa Iria rĩa Cumbĩ, naho nĩhakũraga mahuti maingĩ manungi wega.

Mwendani

151:15 Rwĩ 4:1; 5:2, 12; Jer 48:28Hĩ! Kaĩ wee mwendwa wakwa ũkĩrĩ mũthaka-ĩ!

Hĩ, ti-itherũ ũrĩ mũthaka!

Maitho maku magĩrĩte o ta ma ndutura.

Mwendwa

16Hĩ! Kaĩ wee mwendwa wakwa ũkĩrĩ mũthaka-ĩ!

Kaĩ ũkĩrĩ wa kwendeka-ĩ!

Na ũrĩrĩ witũ nĩ ta nyeki ĩrĩa nduru.

Mwendani

17Mĩratho ya nyũmba iitũ nĩ ya mĩtarakwa;

nayo mĩitĩrĩro yayo nĩ ya mĩkarakaba.