NASB — Song of Songs 1 — KJV

The Young Shulammite Bride and Jerusalem’s Daughters

1 The ISong of aSongs, which is Solomon’s.

[1] IOr Best of the Songs a1K 4:32

  2 ¶ “IMay he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!
  For your alove is better than wine.
  3 “Your aoils have a pleasing fragrance,
  Your bname is [like] Ipurified oil;
  Therefore the IIcmaidens love you.
  4 “Draw me after you [and] let us run [together]!
  The aking has brought me into his chambers.”

  ¶ “IWe will rejoice in you and be glad;
  We will IIextol your blove more than wine.
  Rightly do they love you.”

[2] IBRIDE aSo 1:4; 4:10
[3] ILit oil which is emptied (from one vessel to another) IIOr virgins aSo 4:10; Jn 12:3 bEc 7:1 cPs 45:14
[4] ICHORUS IILit mention with praise aPs 45:14, 15 bSo 1:4; 4:10

  5 ¶ “II am black but alovely,
  O bdaughters of Jerusalem,
  Like the ctents of dKedar,
  Like the curtains of Solomon.
  6 “Do not stare at me because I am Iswarthy,
  For the sun has burned me.
  My amother’s sons were angry with me;
  They made me bcaretaker of the vineyards,
  [But] I have not taken care of my own vineyard.
  7 “Tell me, O you awhom my soul loves,
  Where do you bpasture [your flock],
  Where do you make [it] clie down at noon?
  For why should I be like one who Iveils herself
  Beside the flocks of your dcompanions?”

[5] IBRIDE aSo 2:14; 4:3; 6:4 bSo 2:7; 3:5, 10; 5:8, 16; 8:4 cPs 120:5 dIs 60:7
[6] IOr black aPs 69:8 bSo 8:11
[7] ISome versions read wanders aSo 3:1-4 bSo 2:16; 6:3 cIs 13:20; Jr 33:12 dSo 8:13

Solomon, the Lover, Speaks

  8 ¶ “IIf you yourself do not know,
  aMost beautiful among women,
  Go forth on the trail of the flock
  And pasture your young goats
  By the tents of the shepherds.

[8] IBRIDEGROOM aSo 5:9; 6:1

  9 ¶ “ITo me, amy darling, you are like
  My bmare among the chariots of Pharaoh.
  10 “Your acheeks are lovely with ornaments,
  Your neck with strings of bbeads.”

[9] ILit I have compared you to aSo 1:15; 2:2, 10, 13 b2Ch 1:16, 17
[10] aSo 5:13 bGn 24:53; Is 61:10

  11 ¶ “IWe will make for you ornaments of gold
  With beads of silver.”

[11] ICHORUS

  12 ¶ “IWhile the king was at his IItable,
  My IIIaperfume gave forth its fragrance.
  13 “My beloved is to me a pouch of amyrrh
  Which lies all night between my breasts.
  14 “My beloved is to me a cluster of ahenna blossoms
  In the vineyards of bEngedi.”

[12] IBRIDE IIOr couch IIILit nard aSo 4:14; Mk 14:3; Jn 12:3
[13] aPs 45:8; Jn 19:39
[14] aSo 4:13 b1S 23:29

  15 ¶ “I,IIaHow beautiful you are, my darling,
  IIHow beautiful you are!
  Your beyes are [like] doves.”

[15] IBRIDEGROOM IILit Behold aSo 1:16; 2:10, 13; 4:1, 7; 6:4, 10 bSo 4:1; 5:12

  16 ¶ “I,IIHow handsome you are, amy beloved,
  [And] so pleasant!
  Indeed, our couch is luxuriant!
  17 “The beams of our houses are acedars,
  Our rafters, Ibcypresses.

[16] IBRIDE IILit Behold aSo 2:3, 9, 17; 5:2, 5, 6, 8
[17] IOr junipers a1K 6:9, 10; Jr 22:14 b2Ch 3:5


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The Church's love unto Christ.

1 ¶ The song of songs, which [is] Solomon's. 2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love [is] better than wine. 3 Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name [is as] ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee. 4 Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.

[1] 1K 4:32; Ps 14:1; Is 5:1.
[2] Gn 27:26; 29:11; 45:15; Ps 2:12; 36:7; 63:3; So 1:4; 2:4; 4:10; 5:16; 7:6, 9, 12; 8:1, 2; Is 25:6; 55:1; Mt 26:26; Lk 15:20; Ac 21:7; 1P 5:14.
[3] Ex 30:23; 33:12, 19; 34:5; Ps 45:7, 14; 89:15; 133:2; Pv 27:9; Ec 7:1; So 3:6; 4:10; 5:5, 13; 6:8; Is 9:6; 61:3; Jr 23:5; Mt 1:21; 25:1; Jn 12:3; 2Co 2:14; 11:2; Php 2:9; 4:18; Rv 14:4.
[4] Ps 42:4; 45:14; 48:9; 63:5; 98:4; 103:1; 111:4; 119:32, 60; 149:2; So 1:2, 3; 2:3; 3:4; Is 25:8; 45:25; 61:3; 63:7; Jr 31:3; Ho 11:4; Zp 3:14; Zc 9:9; Mt 25:10; Lk 2:10; 22:19; Jn 6:44; 12:32; 14:2; 21:15; 1Co 11:23; Ep 2:6; 6:24; Php 2:12; 3:3; 4:4; He 12:1; 1P 1:8.

She confesseth her deformity,

5 I [am] black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon. 6 Look not upon me, because I [am] black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother's children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; [but] mine own vineyard have I not kept.

[5] Ps 45:9; 90:17; 120:5; 149:4; Is 53:2; 61:10; Ezk 16:14; Mt 10:25; 22:11; Lk 13:34; 15:22; Ro 13:14; 1Co 4:10; 2Co 5:21; Ga 4:26; Ep 5:26; 1Jn 3:1.
[6] Ru 1:19; Jb 30:30; Ps 69:8; So 8:11; Jr 8:21; 12:6; Lm 4:8; Mi 7:6; Mt 10:22, 25, 35; Mk 4:6; Lk 12:51; Ac 14:22; Ga 4:29.

and prayeth to be directed to his flock.

7 Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest [thy flock] to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions?

[7] Gn 37:16; 1S 12:20; Ps 18:1; 23:1; 28:1; 80:1; 116:1; So 2:3; 3:1; 5:8, 10, 16; Is 5:1; 26:9; 40:11; Mi 5:4; Mt 10:37; Jn 6:67; 10:11, 28; 21:17; Col 3:14; 1P 1:8; 2:7; 1Jn 2:19; Rv 7:17.

Christ directeth her to the shepherd's tents:

8 ¶ If thou know not, O thou fairest among women, go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock, and feed thy kids beside the shepherds' tents.

[8] Ps 16:3; 45:11, 13; Pv 8:34; So 1:15; 2:10; 4:1, 7, 10; 5:9; 6:1, 4; 7:1; Jr 6:16; Jn 21:15; 1Co 11:1; Ep 5:27; He 6:12; 11:4; 13:7; Jm 2:21, 25; 5:10; 1P 3:6; Rv 19:7.

and shewing his love to her,

9 I have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh's chariots. 10 Thy cheeks are comely with rows [of jewels], thy neck with chains [of gold].

[9] 1K 10:28; 2Ch 1:14; So 2:2, 10, 13; 4:1, 7; 5:2; 6:4; Is 31:1; Jn 15:14.
[10] Gn 24:22, 47; 41:42; Nu 31:50; Pv 1:9; So 4:9; Is 3:18; Ezk 16:11; 1P 3:4; 2P 1:3.

giveth her gracious promises.

11 We will make thee borders of gold with studs of silver.

[11] Gn 1:26; Ps 149:4; So 8:9; Ep 5:25; Php 3:21.

The Church and Christ congratulate one another.

12 ¶ While the king [sitteth] at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof. 13 A bundle of myrrh [is] my wellbeloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts. 14 My beloved [is] unto me [as] a cluster of camphire in the vineyards of Engedi. 15 Behold, thou [art] fair, my love; behold, thou [art] fair; thou [hast] doves' eyes. 16 Behold, thou [art] fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed [is] green. 17 The beams of our house [are] cedar, [and] our rafters of fir.

[12] Ps 45:1; So 4:13, 16; 7:5; Mt 22:4, 11; 25:34; 26:26; Lk 24:30; Jn 12:3; Php 4:18; Rv 3:20; 8:3.
[13] Gn 43:11; Ps 45:8; So 2:7; 3:5; 4:6, 14; 5:1, 5, 13; 8:3; Jn 19:39; Ep 3:17.
[14] Jsh 15:62; 1S 23:29; 24:1; So 1:13; 2:3; 4:13.
[15] So 1:8; 4:1, 7, 10; 5:12; 7:6; Mal 2:14; 2Co 11:2; Ep 1:17.
[16] Ps 45:2; 110:3; So 2:3; 3:7; 5:10; Zc 9:17; Php 3:8; Rv 5:11.
[17] 2Ch 2:8; Ps 92:12; So 7:5; 8:9; Ezk 41:16; 42:3; 1Ti 3:15; He 11:10; 1P 2:4.


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