2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth— for your love(B) is more delightful than wine.(C) 3 Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes;(D) your name(E) is like perfume poured out. No wonder the young women(F) love you! 4 Take me away with you—let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers.(G)
We rejoice and delight(H) in you[b]; we will praise your love(I) more than wine.
How right they are to adore you!
5 Dark am I, yet lovely,(J) daughters of Jerusalem,(K) dark like the tents of Kedar,(L) like the tent curtains of Solomon.[c] 6 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;(M) my own vineyard I had to neglect. 7 Tell me, you whom I love, where you graze your flock and where you rest your sheep(N) at midday. Why should I be like a veiled(O) woman beside the flocks of your friends?
8 If you do not know, most beautiful of women,(P) follow the tracks of the sheep and graze your young goats by the tents of the shepherds.
9 I liken you, my darling, to a mare among Pharaoh’s chariot horses.(Q) 10 Your cheeks(R) are beautiful with earrings, your neck with strings of jewels.(S) 11 We will make you earrings of gold, studded with silver.
12 While the king was at his table, my perfume spread its fragrance.(T) 13 My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh(U) resting between my breasts. 14 My beloved(V) is to me a cluster of henna(W) blossoms from the vineyards of En Gedi.(X)
15 How beautiful(Y) you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves.(Z)
16 How handsome you are, my beloved!(AA) Oh, how charming! And our bed is verdant.
17 The beams of our house are cedars;(AB) our rafters are firs.
2 I am a rose[e](AC) of Sharon,(AD) a lily(AE) of the valleys.
2 Like a lily among thorns is my darling among the young women.
3 Like an apple[f] tree among the trees of the forest is my beloved(AF) among the young men. I delight(AG) to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste.(AH) 4 Let him lead me to the banquet hall,(AI) and let his banner(AJ) over me be love. 5 Strengthen me with raisins, refresh me with apples,(AK) for I am faint with love.(AL) 6 His left arm is under my head, and his right arm embraces me.(AM) 7 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you(AN) by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.(AO)
8 Listen! My beloved! Look! Here he comes, leaping across the mountains, bounding over the hills.(AP) 9 My beloved is like a gazelle(AQ) or a young stag.(AR) Look! There he stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, peering through the lattice. 10 My beloved spoke and said to me, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me. 11 See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. 12 Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. 13 The fig tree forms its early fruit;(AS) the blossoming(AT) vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.”
14 My dove(AU) in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.(AV) 15 Catch for us the foxes,(AW) the little foxes that ruin the vineyards,(AX) our vineyards that are in bloom.(AY)
16 My beloved is mine and I am his;(AZ) he browses among the lilies.(BA) 17 Until the day breaks and the shadows flee,(BB) turn, my beloved,(BC) and be like a gazelle or like a young stag(BD) on the rugged hills.[g](BE)
3 All night long on my bed I looked(BF) for the one my heart loves; I looked for him but did not find him. 2 I will get up now and go about the city, through its streets and squares; I will search for the one my heart loves. So I looked for him but did not find him. 3 The watchmen found me as they made their rounds in the city.(BG) “Have you seen the one my heart loves?” 4 Scarcely had I passed them when I found the one my heart loves. I held him and would not let him go till I had brought him to my mother’s house,(BH) to the room of the one who conceived me.(BI) 5 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you(BJ) by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.(BK)
6 Who is this coming up from the wilderness(BL) like a column of smoke, perfumed with myrrh(BM) and incense made from all the spices(BN) of the merchant? 7 Look! It is Solomon’s carriage, escorted by sixty warriors,(BO) the noblest of Israel, 8 all of them wearing the sword, all experienced in battle, each with his sword at his side, prepared for the terrors of the night.(BP) 9 King Solomon made for himself the carriage; he made it of wood from Lebanon. 10 Its posts he made of silver, its base of gold. Its seat was upholstered with purple, its interior inlaid with love. Daughters of Jerusalem,11 come out, and look, you daughters of Zion.(BQ) Look[h] on King Solomon wearing a crown, the crown with which his mother crowned him on the day of his wedding, the day his heart rejoiced.(BR)
Song of Songs 1:2The 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 Then after fourteen years, I went up again to Jerusalem,(A) this time with Barnabas.(B) I took Titus(C) along also.2 I went in response to a revelation(D) and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles.(E) I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race(F) in vain.3 Yet not even Titus,(G) who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek.(H)4 This matter arose because some false believers(I) had infiltrated our ranks to spy on(J) the freedom(K) we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves.5 We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel(L) might be preserved for you.
6 As for those who were held in high esteem(M)—whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism(N)—they added nothing to my message.(O)7 On the contrary, they recognized that I had been entrusted with the task(P) of preaching the gospel to the uncircumcised,[a](Q) just as Peter(R) had been to the circumcised.[b]8 For God, who was at work in Peter as an apostle(S) to the circumcised, was also at work in me as an apostle(T) to the Gentiles.9 James,(U) Cephas[c](V) and John, those esteemed as pillars,(W) gave me and Barnabas(X) the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me.(Y) They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles,(Z) and they to the circumcised.10 All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor,(AA) the very thing I had been eager to do all along.
Paul Opposes Cephas
11 When Cephas(AB) came to Antioch,(AC) I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.12 For before certain men came from James,(AD) he used to eat with the Gentiles.(AE) But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group.(AF)13 The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas(AG) was led astray.
14 When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel,(AH) I said to Cephas(AI) in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew.(AJ) How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?(AK)
15 “We who are Jews by birth(AL) and not sinful Gentiles(AM)16 know that a person is not justified by the works of the law,(AN) but by faith in Jesus Christ.(AO) So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in[d] Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.(AP)
17 “But if, in seeking to be justified in Christ, we Jews find ourselves also among the sinners,(AQ) doesn’t that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not!(AR)18 If I rebuild what I destroyed, then I really would be a lawbreaker.
19 “For through the law I died to the law(AS) so that I might live for God.(AT)20 I have been crucified with Christ(AU) and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.(AV) The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,(AW) who loved me(AX) and gave himself for me.(AY)21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law,(AZ) Christ died for nothing!”[e]
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