Song of Songs 3
New American Bible Revised Edition

Loss and Discovery


1On my bed at night I sought him*

whom my soul loves—

I sought him but I did not find him.

2“Let me rise then and go about the city,*

through the streets and squares;

Let me seek him whom my soul loves.”

I sought him but I did not find him.

3The watchmen found me,

as they made their rounds in the city:

“Him whom my soul loves—have you seen him?”

4b Hardly had I left them

when I found him whom my soul loves.*

I held him and would not let him go

until I had brought him to my mother’s house,

to the chamber of her who conceived me.

5c I adjure you, Daughters of Jerusalem,

by the gazelles and the does of the field,

Do not awaken or stir up love

until it is ready.

Solomon’s Wedding Procession


6Who is this coming up from the desert,*

like columns of smoke

Perfumed with myrrh and frankincense,

with all kinds of exotic powders?

7See! it is the litter of Solomon;

sixty valiant men surround it,

of the valiant men of Israel:

8All of them expert with the sword,

skilled in battle,

Each with his sword at his side

against the terrors* of the night.

9King Solomon made himself an enclosed litter

of wood from Lebanon.

10He made its columns of silver,

its roof of gold,

Its seat of purple cloth,

its interior lovingly fitted.*

Daughters of Jerusalem, 11go out

and look upon King Solomon

In the crown with which his mother has crowned him

on the day of his marriage,

on the day of the joy of his heart.

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