Song of Songs 3

A young woman's dream

The young woman:

3:1The woman tells her friends about a dream.

1 All night I lay on my bed.

I wanted my lover to come to me.

I looked for him but he did not appear.

2 I thought, ‘I will get up now and I will go into the city.

I will look everywhere for my lover.

I will look in all the streets.

I will look in all the market places.’

So I looked for him,

but I did not find him.

3 The city guards found me

as they walked in the streets of the city.

I asked them,

‘Have you seen the man that I love?’

4 Just then, as I left them, I found my lover!

I hugged him and I would not let him go.

I took him to my mother's house.

I took him into my mother's bedroom.

That is where my life started, inside my mother's body.

5 Promise this to me, young women of Jerusalem:

Do not cause our love to wake up.

Do not cause it to become too strong

until the time is right.

The gazelles and the wild deer will know about your promise.

A royal wedding

6 Who is this who is coming from the desert?

3:6The speaker here may be the young woman herself, or it might be one of her friends.

It seems that smoke is rising into the air!

There is a lovely smell of myrrh and incense.

3:6The ‘smoke’ that is rising may be sand or dirt from the ground. It blows about because many people are moving. There is also a lovely smell of spice.

It is the smell of all the spices that a trader sells.

7 Look! They are carrying King Solomon on a throne!

3:7People could carry someone on this kind of throne. See verse 9.

60 soldiers are travelling with it.

3:7Verses 7 and 9 may mean that King Solomon is the man in the story. But, if not, maybe the man and woman are singing a song at their marriage. The song that they sing is about Solomon's marriage.

They are Israel's bravest soldiers.

8 All of them have swords.

They all know how to fight well.

Their swords are ready for them to use.

They are ready for any danger that comes in the night.

9 King Solomon made the throne for himself.

He used wood from Lebanon to make it.

3:9Lebanon is a country where there are mountains and many strong trees.

10 He used silver to make the posts for it.

He used gold to make its back.

Its seat has valuable purple cloth to cover it.

The young women of Jerusalem made it beautiful inside,

to show their love.

11 Young women of Zion,

come out to see King Solomon!

3:11‘Young women of Zion’ is another name for the woman's friends.

He is wearing his crown.

His mother put the crown on him on his wedding day.

It was the happiest day of his life!