Day 393

The Chronological Cross-Reference Bible Study Reading Plan

Day 393

The Chronological Cross-Reference Bible Study Reading Plan

English Standard Version (ESV)


Song of Solomon 1-2

1:1 The Song of Songs, which is Solomon's.

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!
For your love is better than wine;
your anointing oils are fragrant;
your name is oil poured out;
therefore virgins love you.
Draw me after you; let us run.
The king has brought me into his chambers.

We will exult and rejoice in you;
we will extol your love more than wine;
rightly do they love you.

I am very dark, but lovely,
O daughters of Jerusalem,
like the tents of Kedar,
like the curtains of Solomon.
Do not gaze at me because I am dark,
because the sun has looked upon me.
My mother's sons were angry with me;
they made me keeper of the vineyards,
but my own vineyard I have not kept!
Tell me, you whom my soul loves,
where you pasture your flock,
where you make it lie down at noon;
for why should I be like one who veils herself
beside the flocks of your companions?

If you do not know,
O most beautiful among women,
follow in the tracks of the flock,
and pasture your young goats
beside the shepherds' tents.

I compare you, my love,
to a mare among Pharaoh's chariots.
10 Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments,
your neck with strings of jewels.

11 We will make for you ornaments of gold,
studded with silver.

12 While the king was on his couch,
my nard gave forth its fragrance.
13 My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh
that lies between my breasts.
14 My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms
in the vineyards of Engedi.

15 Behold, you are beautiful, my love;
behold, you are beautiful;
your eyes are doves.

16 Behold, you are beautiful, my beloved, truly delightful.
Our couch is green;
17 the beams of our house are cedar;
our rafters are pine.

2:1 I am a rose of Sharon,
a lily of the valleys.

As a lily among brambles,
so is my love among the young women.

As an apple tree among the trees of the forest,
so is my beloved among the young men.
With great delight I sat in his shadow,
and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
He brought me to the banqueting house,
and his banner over me was love.
Sustain me with raisins;
refresh me with apples,
for I am sick with love.
His left hand is under my head,
and his right hand embraces me!
I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
by the gazelles or the does of the field,
that you not stir up or awaken love
until it pleases.

The voice of my beloved!
Behold, he comes,
leaping over the mountains,
bounding over the hills.
My beloved is like a gazelle
or a young stag.
Behold, there he stands
behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
looking through the lattice.
10 My beloved speaks and says to me:
“Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away,
11 for behold, the winter is past;
the rain is over and gone.
12 The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree ripens its figs,
and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away.
14 O my dove, in the clefts of the rock,
in the crannies of the cliff,
let me see your face,
let me hear your voice,
for your voice is sweet,
and your face is lovely.
15 Catch the foxes for us,
the little foxes
that spoil the vineyards,
for our vineyards are in blossom.”

16 My beloved is mine, and I am his;
he grazes among the lilies.
17 Until the day breathes
and the shadows flee,
turn, my beloved, be like a gazelle
or a young stag on cleft mountains.


King James Version (KJV)


Song of Solomon 1:1-2:17

1:1The song of songs, which is Solomon's. 1:2Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine. 1:3Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee. 1:4Draw 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. 1:5I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon. 1:6Look 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. 1:7Tell 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? 1:8If 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. 1:9I have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh's chariots. 1:10Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, thy neck with chains of gold. 1:11We will make thee borders of gold with studs of silver. 1:12While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof. 1:13A bundle of myrrh is my wellbeloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts. 1:14My beloved is unto me as a cluster of camphire in the vineyards of Engedi. 1:15Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves' eyes. 1:16Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed is green. 1:17The beams of our house are cedar, and our rafters of fir.

2:1I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.2:2As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.2:3As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.2:4He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.2:5Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love.2:6His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me.2:7I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please.2:8The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.2:9My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, showing himself through the lattice.2:10My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.2:11For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;2:12The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;2:13The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.2:14O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.2:15Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.2:16My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.2:17Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether.


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  1. How does the couple’s symbolism for one another communicate their passion for each other?
  2. Why should we be cautious to awaken love?
  3. What can we learn about love from Song of Songs?
  4. In what ways does the words in today’s reading reflect your relationship with Jesus?
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