1 How beautiful you are!
My best friend that I love, you are certainly very beautiful!
Your eyes behind your veil are like doves.
Your hair is like a group of goats.
It is like goats that are coming down Mount Gilead.
4:1Mount Gilead is a mountain in the country where Solomon was king.
2 Your teeth are white like a group of sheep.
They are like sheep after someone has cut off their dirty wool.
They are like sheep that are coming out of 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 round like the halves of a pomegranate.
Your veil hides them.
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 beautiful, important tower that King David built.
4:4King David was Solomon's father.
The shields of 1,000 soldiers hang from the stones round it.
5 Your breasts are like two young gazelles that were born to their mother on the same day.
They walk slowly among the lilies and they eat the grass.
6 Until the dawn, I will go to the mountain of myrrh.
Until the shadows go, I will go to the hill with the lovely smell.
7 You are my best friend and I love you.
I find that every part of you is beautiful.
There is no part of you that is not lovely.
8 Come with me from Lebanon.
You are my new wife.
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 the lions' homes,
and from the places in the mountains where there are leopards.