This chapter opens with the female protagonist expressing her deep longing for her beloved, celebrating the sweetness of his love. She acknowledges her dark complexion, a result of working in the vineyards, and yearns for her lover's presence. The lovers exchange compliments, admiring each other's beauty and expressing their mutual desire. The woman compares her lover to a fragrant sachet of myrrh and a cluster of henna blossoms. The setting of the lush vineyards and gardens adds to the romantic and sensual tone of their exchange. The couple’s mutual attraction and affection are palpable, setting the stage for a poetic exploration of love and passion.

Song of Solomon 1

1  The song of songs, which is Solomon's.

2  Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.

3  Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.

4  Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.

5  I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.

6  Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother's children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept.

7  Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions?

8  If thou know not, O thou fairest among women, go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock, and feed thy kids beside the shepherds' tents.

9  I have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh's chariots.

10  Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, thy neck with chains of gold.

11  We will make thee borders of gold with studs of silver.

12  While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof.

13  A bundle of myrrh is my wellbeloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts.

14  My beloved is unto me as a cluster of camphire in the vineyards of Engedi.

15  Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves' eyes.

16  Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed is green.

17  The beams of our house are cedar, and our rafters of fir.

End of Song of Solomon 1

1 Year Plan:  Sept 2 - Ecc 12; Sos 1,  Ps 101

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