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.”

Kiswahili Contemporary Version (Neno: Bibilia Takatifu)

Wimbo 1:1-17

11:1 1Fal 4:32; Za 45Wimbo ulio bora wa Solomoni.

Shairi La Kwanza

Mpendwa

21:2 Wim 8:6; Mwa 14:18; Amu 9:13; Wim 4:10Unibusu kwa busu la kinywa chako,

kwa maana upendo wako unafurahisha kuliko divai.

31:3 Es 2:12; Za 45:8-14; Mhu 7:1Manukato yako yananukia vizuri,

jina lako ni kama manukato yaliyomiminwa.

Ndiyo sababu wanawali wanakupenda!

41:4 Yer 31:3; Flp 3:12; Wim 2:3Nichukue twende nawe, na tufanye haraka!

Mfalme na anilete ndani ya vyumba vyake.

Marafiki

Tunakushangilia na kukufurahia,

tutasifu upendo wako zaidi kuliko divai.

Mpendwa

Tazama jinsi ilivyo bora wakupende!

51:5 Wim 2:14; 2:7; 5:16; 4:3; Mwa 25:13Mimi ni mweusi, lakini napendeza,

enyi binti za Yerusalemu,

mweusi kama mahema ya Kedari,

kama mapazia ya hema la Solomoni.

61:6 Za 69:8; Wim 7:12; 8:12; 2:15Usinikazie macho kwa sababu mimi ni mweusi,

kwa sababu nimefanywa mweusi na jua.

Wana wa mama yangu walinikasirikia

na kunifanya niwe mtunza mashamba ya mizabibu.

Shamba langu mwenyewe la mizabibu nimeliacha.

71:7 Wim 3:1-4; Isa 13:20; Mwa 24:65Niambie, wewe ambaye ninakupenda,

unalisha wapi kundi lako la kondoo

na ni wapi unapowapumzisha kondoo wako adhuhuri.

Kwa nini niwe kama mwanamke aliyefunikwa shela

karibu na makundi ya rafiki zako?

Marafiki

81:8 Wim 5:9; 6:1Kama hujui, ewe mwanamke mzuri kuliko wote,

fuata nyayo za kondoo,

na kulisha wana-mbuzi wako

karibu na hema za wachungaji.

Mpenzi

91:9 Wim 2:2; 2Nya 1:16-17Mpenzi wangu, ninakufananisha na farasi jike

aliyefungwa katika mojawapo ya magari ya vita ya Farao.

101:10 Eze 16:11; Isa 61:10; Wim 5:13Mashavu yako yanapendeza yakiwa na vipuli,

shingo yako ikiwa na mikufu ya vito.

11Tutakufanyia vipuli vya dhahabu,

vyenye kupambwa kwa fedha.

Mpendwa

121:12 Wim 4:11-14Wakati mfalme alipokuwa mezani pake,

manukato yangu yalisambaza harufu yake nzuri.

131:13 Mwa 37:25Mpenzi wangu kwangu mimi ni kifuko cha manemane

kati ya matiti yangu.

141:14 Wim 4:13; 1Sam 23:291:14 2Nya 20:2; Wim 2:3; 5:8Mpenzi wangu kwangu mimi ni kama kishada cha maua ya mhina

kutoka mashamba ya mizabibu ya En-Gedi.

Mpenzi

151:15 Wim 4:7; 7:6; Za 74:19; Yer 48:28Tazama jinsi ulivyo mzuri, mpenzi wangu!

Tazama jinsi ulivyo mzuri!

Macho yako ni kama ya hua.

Mpendwa

16Tazama jinsi ulivyo mzuri, mpenzi wangu!

Ee, tazama jinsi unavyopendeza!

Na kitanda chetu ni cha majani mazuri.

Mpenzi

171:17 1Fal 6:9Nguzo za nyumba yetu ni mierezi,

na mapao yetu ni miberoshi.