3 1In my bed at night[E] I sought the one I love; I sought him, but did not find him.[F] 2I will arise now and go about the city, through the streets and the plazas. I will seek the one I love. I sought him, but did not find him. 3The guards who go about the city found me. I asked them, “Have you seen the one I love?” 4I had just passed them when I found the one I love. I held on to him and would not let him go until I brought him to my mother’s house— to the chamber of the one who conceived me. 5Young women of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and the wild does of the field: do not stir up or awaken love until the appropriate time.[G] N 6What is this coming up from the wilderness like columns of smoke, scented with myrrh and frankincense from every fragrant powder of the merchant? 7It is Solomon’s royal litter[H] surrounded by 60 warriors from the mighty of Israel. 8All of them are skilled with swords and trained in warfare. Each has his sword at his side to guard against the terror of the night. 9King Solomon made a sedan chair[I] for himself with wood from Lebanon. 10He made its posts of silver, its back[J] of gold, and its seat of purple. Its interior is inlaid with love[K] by the young women of Jerusalem. 11Come out, young women of Zion, and gaze at King Solomon, wearing the crown his mother placed on him the day of his wedding— the day of his heart’s rejoicing.
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