Song of Songs 1:8-2:7

8 You are the most beautiful woman of all.

If you do not know where to find me,

follow the marks from the feet of the sheep.

Let your young goats eat grass by the tents of those who watch over the sheep.

1:8So the man and woman meet as they have agreed.

9 You are my best friend. I love you more than anyone else.

You seem to me like a female horse that pulls one of Pharaoh's chariots.

1:9Pharaoh is the name that people use for all the kings of Egypt. Egypt is a country near to where King Solomon lived.

10 Your face is beautiful with ear-rings.

Round your neck are valuable stones, which make it very pretty.

11 We will make ear-rings for you. We will make them out of gold with pieces of silver in.

1:11The man says that people will see the woman easily in a group of men and women.

The young woman:

1:12After this meeting, the woman talks to her friends about her time with the man.

12 The king was lying down and he was eating.

I had put something on my skin that has a lovely smell.

This smell moved into the air.

13 To me, the man that I love is like a little bag of myrrh.

He is like the little bag of myrrh that lies between my breasts.

14 To me he is like a group of henna flowers.

He is like flowers that grow in the vineyards at En Gedi.

1:14En Gedi is the name of a pool of water in a desert.

The young man:

15 How beautiful you are!

My best friend, you are very beautiful! Your eyes are like doves.

The young woman:

16 You are very handsome and you love me.

You are very lovely!

This green field of fresh, long grass is our bed.

17 The beams of our house are the cedar trees.

The trees, with green leaves all of the time, are above us like a roof.

Song of Songs 2

The young woman:

1 I am a wild flower of Sharon.

2:1Sharon is a place near to where the man and the woman live. It is near the sea and it is flat. There is a lot of rain there, so there are many pretty wild flowers.

I am a lily from the valleys.

2:1The lily is also a pretty flower but it is very common.

The young man:

2 Among other young women, my best friend that I love is like a lily among thorns.

2:2The woman is saying that there is nothing special about her. But the man knows that, to him, she is special. She is really lovely. Now other women do not seem beautiful at all.

The young woman:

2:3Now the woman talks to her friends again.

3 Among the other young men, the man who loves me is like an apple tree.

He is like an apple tree among the trees of the forest.

I love to sit in his shade.

His fruit is sweet.

It tastes nice.

4 He has taken me to the feast room.

Everyone can see that he loves me.

5 I am weak with love.

So, give raisins to me to make me strong.

Give apples to me to keep me awake.

6 His left arm is under my head.

His right arm pulls me near to him.

7 I say to you, young women of Jerusalem,

please do not cause someone to feel love for another person;

not until he or she wants to.

I am saying this because I really mean it.

I ask you on behalf of the gazelles and the young female deer in the field.