New International Reader's Version

Song of Songs 3

1“All night long on my bed
    I searched for the one my heart loves.
    I looked for him but didn’t find him.
I will get up and go around in the city.
    I’ll look through all of its streets.
I’ll search for the one my heart loves.
    So I looked for him but didn’t find him.
Those on guard duty found me
    as they were walking around in the city.
    ‘Have you seen the one my heart loves?’ I asked.
As soon as I had passed by them
    I found the one my heart loves.
I threw my arms around him and didn’t let him go
    until I had brought him to my mother’s house.
    I took him to my mother’s room.
Women of Jerusalem, make me a promise.
    Let the antelopes and the does serve as witnesses.
Don’t stir up love.
    Don’t wake it up until it’s ready.

“Who is this man coming up from the desert
    like a column of smoke?
He smells like myrrh and incense
    made from all the spices of the trader.
Look! There’s Solomon’s movable throne.
    Sixty soldiers accompany it.
    They have been chosen from the best warriors in Israel.
All of them are wearing swords.
    They have fought many battles.
Each one has his sword at his side.
    Each is prepared for the terrors of the night.
King Solomon made the movable throne for himself.
    He made it out of wood from Lebanon.
10 He formed its posts out of silver.
    He made its base out of gold.
Its seat was covered with purple cloth.
    It was decorated inside with love.
Women of Jerusalem, 11     come out.

“Look, you women of Zion.
    Look at King Solomon wearing his crown.
    His mother placed it on him.
She did it on his wedding day.
    His heart was full of joy.”