Song of Songs 4

A new wife

The young man:

1 My dear friend, how beautiful you are!

Yes, you are very beautiful!

Your eyes behind your veil are like doves.

Your hair is like a group of goats

that are coming down from Mount Gilead.

4:1Mount Gilead is a mountain in Israel, where Solomon was king.

2 Your teeth are very white like a group of sheep.

They are like sheep after someone has cut off their dirty wool

and they are coming from the pool of water.

Each tooth is one of a pair.

Not one of them is alone.

3 Your lips are like bright red strings.

Your mouth is lovely.

The sides of your face are beautiful,

like the halves of a pomegranate.

I see them through your veil.

4:3The woman may be wearing a veil. This may show that she has just married the man. But the word veil may mean only that her husband does not know her very well yet.

4 Your neck is like the great tower of King David.

4:4King David was Solomon's father.

It is round and strong.

Your necklace is like the shields of 1,000 brave soldiers

that hang from the stones of the tower.

5 Your breasts are perfect,

like two young gazelles that are twins.

They feed themselves among the lilies.

6 I will go to the mountain of myrrh

and the hill of frankincense.

I will stay among them until the dawn comes

and the shadows go away.

7 You are completely beautiful, my dear friend.

Your body is perfect in every way.

8 Come with me from Lebanon, my bride.

Yes, come with me from Lebanon.

Come down from the top of Amana, from the top of Senir.

Come down from the highest part of Hermon.

4:8Lebanon, Amana, Senir and Hermon are all places that are a long way away.

Come away from those mountains where lions live,

and where there are leopards.

A wedding night

9 I love you so much that I never want to leave you,

my sister and my bride.

4:9The man calls her ‘sister’ because now he is part of her family.

When you looked at me only once

and I saw one jewel in your necklace,

I knew that I could never leave you.

10 Your love for me is wonderful,

my sister and my bride.

I enjoy your love even more than I enjoy wine.

Your perfume has a smell

that is more lovely than any spice!

11 Your lips taste very sweet to me, my bride.

They taste like honey that falls from the honeycomb.

Milk and honey are under your tongue.

The smell of your clothes

is like the cedar trees of Lebanon.

12 My sister and my bride, you are like a garden for me

that is locked to other men.

You are like a spring or a fountain

that other people may not drink water from.

13 Your body is like a special garden.

It is full of pomegranate trees with their sweet fruit.

There are wonderful fruits to enjoy.

There are also henna and nard.

14 There are nard, saffron, calamus, cinnamon

and many different spices.

There are myrrh, aloes

and all the best spices.

4:14Henna, nard, saffron, calamus, cinnamon, myrrh and aloes are all things that come from plants. Some have bright colours and they may smell like perfume.

15 You are like a spring of water in a garden.

You are like a well that has fresh water.

The water runs down from Lebanon's mountains.

The young woman:

16 Wake up, north wind! Come now, south wind!

Blow on my garden!

Make the sweet smell of its spices move in the air.

May my lover come into his garden now!

Let him taste its wonderful fruits!