Song of Songs Love Is Better than Wine 1 1This is Solomon's most beautiful song. She Speaks: 2Kiss me tenderly! Your love is better than wine, 3and you smell so sweet. All the young women adore you; the very mention of your name is like spreading perfume. 4 Hurry, my king! Let's hurry. Take me to your home. The Young Women Speak: We are happy for you! And we praise your love even more than wine. She Speaks: Young women of Jerusalem, it is only right that you should adore him. 5My skin is dark and beautiful, like a tent in the desert or like Solomon's curtains. 6Don't stare at me just because the sun has darkened my skin. My brothers were angry with me; they made me work in the vineyard, and so I neglected my complexion. 7My darling, I love you! Where do you feed your sheep and let them rest at noon? Don't let the other shepherds think badly of me. I'm not one of those women who shamelessly follow after shepherds.[A] He Speaks: 8My dearest, if you don't know, just follow the path of the sheep. Then feed your young goats near the shepherds' tents. 9You move as gracefully as the pony that leads the chariot of the king. 10Earrings add to your beauty, and you wear a necklace of precious stones. 11Let's make you some jewelry of gold, woven with silver. She Speaks: 12My king, while you were on your couch, my aroma was a magic charm.[B] 13My darling, you are perfume between my breasts; 14you are flower blossoms from the gardens of En-Gedi.[C] He Speaks: 15My darling, you are lovely, so very lovely— your eyes are those of a dove. She Speaks: 16My love, you are handsome, truly handsome— the fresh green grass will be our wedding bed 17in the shade of cedar and cypress trees.
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