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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Song of Solomon 3:1-11

3  “On my bed during the nights I have sought the one whom my soul has loved.+ I sought him, but I did not find him.  Let me rise up, please, and go round about in the city;+ in the streets and in the public squares+ let me seek the one whom my soul has loved. I sought him, but I did not find him.  The watchmen+ who were going around in the city found me, ‘The one whom my soul has loved have YOU men seen?’  Hardly had I passed on from them until I found the one whom my soul has loved. I grabbed hold of him, and I would not let go of him, until I had brought him into my mother’s house and into the interior room of her that had been pregnant with me.  I have put YOU under oath,+ O daughters of Jerusalem, by the female gazelles or by the hinds of the field,+ that YOU try not to awaken or arouse love [in me] until it feels inclined.”+  “What* is this thing that is coming up from the wilderness like columns of smoke, being perfumed with myrrh and frankincense,+ even with every sort of scent powder of a trader?”+  “Look! It is his couch, the one belonging to Sol′o·mon. Sixty mighty men* are all around it, from the mighty men of Israel,+  all of them in possession of a sword, being taught in warfare, each one with his sword upon his thigh because of dread during the nights.”+  “It is the litter that King Sol′o·mon has made for himself from the trees of Leb′a·non.+ 10  Its pillars he has made of silver, its supports of gold. Its seat is of wool dyed reddish purple, its interior being fitted out lovingly* by the daughters of Jerusalem.” 11  “Go out and look, O YOU daughters of Zion, on King Sol′o·mon with the wreath+ that his mother+ wove for him on the day of his marriage and on the day of the rejoicing of his heart.”+

Footnotes

Lit., “Who,” with a fem. predicate.
“Mighty men.” Heb., gib·bo·rim′.
Or, “with ebony,” by a correction of M.