She Speaks
At night on my bed,
I look for the man I love.
I looked for him,
but I could not find him.
I will get up now!
I will go around the city.
In the streets and squares,
I will look for the man I love.
I looked for him,
but I could not find him.
The guards patrolling the city found me.
I asked them, “Have you seen the man I love?”
I had just left the guards
when I found the man I love!
I held him and would not let him go,
while I took him to my mother’s house,
to the room of one who bore* me.
She Speaks to the Women
Women of Jerusalem, promise me
by the gazelles and wild deer,
don’t awaken love,
don’t arouse love, until I am ready.
The Women of Jerusalem Speak
Who is this woman
coming from the desert
with this large group of people?
The dust rises behind them
like clouds of smoke from burning myrrh and frankincense and other spices.§
Look, Solomon’s traveling chair.*
There are 60 soldiers guarding it,
strong soldiers of Israel.
All of them are trained fighting men
with their swords at their side,
ready for any danger of the night.
King Solomon made a traveling chair for himself.
The wood came from Lebanon.
10 The poles were made from silver,
and the supports were made from gold.
The seat was covered with purple cloth.
It was inlaid with love by the women of Jerusalem.
11 Women of Zion, come out
and see King Solomon.
See the crown his mother put on him
the day he was married,
the day he was so happy!
* 3:4 bore Or “taught.” See 8:2. 3:5 until I am ready Literally, “until it desires.” 3:6 woman coming from the desert See 8:5. § 3:6 spices Literally, “powders of the trader.” These were imported spices and incense. * 3:7 traveling chair A kind of chair that the rich traveled in. These chairs were covered and had poles that slaves used to carry them. Also in verse 9. 3:11 crown This might be a wreath of flowers he wore on his head at his wedding.