New International Version - UK

Song of Solomon 1

1Solomon’s Song of Songs.

She[a]

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth –
    for your love is more delightful than wine.
Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes;
    your name is like perfume poured out.
    No wonder the young women love you!
Take me away with you – let us hurry!
    Let the king bring me into his chambers.

Friends

We rejoice and delight in you;[b]
    we will praise your love more than wine.

She

How right they are to adore you!

Dark am I, yet lovely,
    daughters of Jerusalem,
dark like the tents of Kedar,
    like the tent curtains of Solomon.[c]
Do not stare at me because I am dark,
    because I am darkened by the sun.
My mother’s sons were angry with me
    and made me take care of the vineyards;
    my own vineyard I had to neglect.
Tell me, you whom I love,
    where you graze your flock
    and where you rest your sheep at midday.
Why should I be like a veiled woman
    beside the flocks of your friends?

Friends

If you do not know, most beautiful of women,
    follow the tracks of the sheep
and graze your young goats
    by the tents of the shepherds.

He

I liken you, my darling, to a mare
    among Pharaoh’s chariot horses.
10 Your cheeks are beautiful with earrings,
    your neck with strings of jewels.
11 We will make you earrings of gold,
    studded with silver.

She

12 While the king was at his table,
    my perfume spread its fragrance.
13 My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh
    resting between my breasts.
14 My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms
    from the vineyards of En Gedi.

He

15 How beautiful you are, my darling!
    Oh, how beautiful!
    Your eyes are doves.

She

16 How handsome you are, my beloved!
    Oh, how charming!
    And our bed is verdant.

He

17 The beams of our house are cedars;
    our rafters are firs.

Footnotes

  1. Song of Solomon 1:2 The main male and female speakers (identified primarily on the basis of the gender of the relevant Hebrew forms) are indicated by the captions He and She respectively. The words of others are marked Friends. In some instances the divisions and their captions are debatable.
  2. Song of Solomon 1:4 The Hebrew is masculine singular.
  3. Song of Solomon 1:5 Or Salma

New International Reader's Version

Song of Songs 1

1This is the greatest song Solomon ever wrote.

A Shulammite woman says to King Solomon

“I long for your lips to kiss me!
    Your love makes me happier than wine does.
The lotion you have on pleases me.
    Your name is like perfume that is poured out.
    No wonder the young women love you!
Take 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!

“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.
Don’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.

“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

“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

“You are my love.
    You are like a mare among Pharaoh’s chariot horses.
10 Your earrings make your cheeks even more beautiful.
    Your strings of jewels make your neck even more lovely.
11 We 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.
13 The one who loves me is like a small bag of myrrh
    resting between my breasts.
14 He 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.”