Song of Solomon

M How beautiful you are, my darling.

How very beautiful!

Behind your veil,

your eyes are doves.

Your hair is like a flock of goats

streaming down Mount Gilead.

Your teeth are like a flock of newly shorn sheep

coming up from washing,

each one having a twin,

and not one missing.[a]

Your lips are like a scarlet cord,

and your mouth[b] is lovely.

Behind your veil,

your brow[c] is like a slice of pomegranate.

Your neck is like the tower of David,

constructed in layers.

A thousand bucklers are hung on it—

all of them shields of warriors.[d]

Your breasts are like two fawns,

twins of a gazelle, that feed among the lilies.

Before the day breaks[e]

and the shadows flee,

I will make my way to the mountain of myrrh

and the hill of frankincense.

You are absolutely beautiful, my darling,

with no imperfection in you.

Come with me from Lebanon,[f] my bride—

with me from Lebanon!

Descend from the peak of Amana,

from the summit of Senir and Hermon,

from the dens of the lions,

from the mountains of the leopards.

You have captured my heart, my sister,[g] my bride.

You have captured my heart with one glance of your eyes,

with one jewel of your necklace.

10 How delightful your love is, my sister, my bride.

Your love is much better than wine,

and the fragrance of your perfume than any balsam.

11 Your lips drip sweetness like the honeycomb, my bride.

Honey and milk are under your tongue.

The fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.

12 My sister, my bride, you are a locked garden—

a locked garden[h] and a sealed spring.

13 Your branches are a paradise[i] of pomegranates

with choicest fruits,

henna with nard—

14 nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon,

with all the trees of frankincense,

myrrh and aloes,

with all the best spices.

15 You are a garden spring,

a well of flowing water

streaming from Lebanon.

16 W Awaken, north wind—

come, south wind.

Blow on my garden,

and spread the fragrance of its spices.

Let my love come to his garden

and eat its choicest fruits.


  1. Song of Solomon 4:2 Lit and no one bereaved among them
  2. Song of Solomon 4:3 Or speech
  3. Song of Solomon 4:3 Or temple, or cheek, or lips
  4. Song of Solomon 4:4 Perhaps describing the woman’s necklace
  5. Song of Solomon 4:6 Lit breathes
  6. Song of Solomon 4:8 In Hb, the word for Lebanon is similar to “frankincense” in Sg 4:6,14,15.
  7. Song of Solomon 4:9 A term of endearment
  8. Song of Solomon 4:12 Some Hb mss read locked fountain
  9. Song of Solomon 4:13 Or park, or orchard