SONG OF SOLOMON 1
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1:1 The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s.
The Bride Confesses Her LoveShe2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!For your love is better than wine;
3 your anointing oils are fragrant;your name is oil poured out;therefore virgins love you.
4 Draw me after you; let us run.The king has brought me into his chambers.OthersWe will exult and rejoice in you;we will extol your love more than wine;rightly do they love you.
She5 I am very dark, but lovely,O daughters of Jerusalem,like the tents of Kedar,like the curtains of Solomon.
6 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!
7 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 herselfbeside the flocks of your companions?
Solomon and His Bride Delight in Each OtherHe8 If you do not know,O most beautiful among women,follow in the tracks of the flock,and pasture your young goatsbeside the shepherds’ tents.
9 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.
Others11 We will make for you ornaments of gold,studded with silver.
She12 While the king was on his couch,my nard gave forth its fragrance.
13 My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrhthat lies between my breasts.
14 My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossomsin the vineyards of Engedi.
He15 Behold, you are beautiful, my love;behold, you are beautiful;your eyes are doves.
She16 Behold, you are beautiful, my beloved, truly delightful.Our couch is green;
17 the beams of our house are cedar;our rafters are pine.
SONG OF SOLOMON 2
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2:1 I am a rose of Sharon,a lily of the valleys.
He2 As a lily among brambles,so is my love among the young women.
She3 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.
4 He brought me to the banqueting house,and his banner over me was love.
5 Sustain me with raisins;refresh me with apples,for I am sick with love.
6 His left hand is under my head,and his right hand embraces me!
7 I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,by the gazelles or the does of the field,that you not stir up or awaken loveuntil it pleases.
The Bride Adores Her Beloved8 The voice of my beloved!Behold, he comes,leaping over the mountains,bounding over the hills.
9 My beloved is like a gazelleor a young stag.Behold, there he standsbehind 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 turtledoveis 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 foxesthat 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 breathesand the shadows flee,turn, my beloved, be like a gazelleor a young stag on cleft mountains.
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The Words of Agur 30:1 The words of Agur son of Jakeh. The oracle.The man declares, I am weary, O God;I am weary, O God, and worn out.
2 Surely I am too stupid to be a man.I have not the understanding of a man.
3 I have not learned wisdom,nor have I knowledge of the Holy One.
4 Who has ascended to heaven and come down?Who has gathered the wind in his fists?Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment?Who has established all the ends of the earth?What is his name, and what is his son’s name?Surely you know!
5 Every word of God proves true;he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
6 Do not add to his words,lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.
7 Two things I ask of you;deny them not to me before I die:
8 Remove far from me falsehood and lying;give me neither poverty nor riches;feed me with the food that is needful for me,
9 lest I be full and deny youand say, “Who is the Lord?”or lest I be poor and stealand profane the name of my God.
10 Do not slander a servant to his master,lest he curse you, and you be held guilty.
11 There are those who curse their fathersand do not bless their mothers.
12 There are those who are clean in their own eyesbut are not washed of their filth.
13 There are those—how lofty are their eyes,how high their eyelids lift!
14 There are those whose teeth are swords,whose fangs are knives,to devour the poor from off the earth,the needy from among mankind.
15 The leech has two daughters:Give and Give.Three things are never satisfied;four never say, “Enough”:
16 Sheol, the barren womb,the land never satisfied with water,and the fire that never says, “Enough.”
17 The eye that mocks a fatherand scorns to obey a motherwill be picked out by the ravens of the valleyand eaten by the vultures.
18 Three things are too wonderful for me;four I do not understand:
19 the way of an eagle in the sky,the way of a serpent on a rock,the way of a ship on the high seas,and the way of a man with a virgin.
20 This is the way of an adulteress:she eats and wipes her mouthand says, “I have done no wrong.”
21 Under three things the earth trembles;under four it cannot bear up:
22 a slave when he becomes king,and a fool when he is filled with food;
23 an unloved woman when she gets a husband,and a maidservant when she displaces her mistress.
24 Four things on earth are small,but they are exceedingly wise:
25 the ants are a people not strong,yet they provide their food in the summer;
26 the rock badgers are a people not mighty,yet they make their homes in the cliffs;
27 the locusts have no king,yet all of them march in rank;
28 the lizard you can take in your hands,yet it is in kings’ palaces.
29 Three things are stately in their tread;four are stately in their stride:
30 the lion, which is mightiest among beastsand does not turn back before any;
31 the strutting rooster, the he-goat,and a king whose army is with him.
32 If you have been foolish, exalting yourself,or if you have been devising evil,put your hand on your mouth.
33 For pressing milk produces curds,pressing the nose produces blood,and pressing anger produces strife.
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I Will Walk with IntegrityA Psalm of David.101:1 I will sing of steadfast love and justice;to you, O Lord, I will make music.
2 I will ponder the way that is blameless.Oh when will you come to me?I will walk with integrity of heartwithin my house;
3 I will not set before my eyesanything that is worthless.I hate the work of those who fall away;it shall not cling to me.
4 A perverse heart shall be far from me;I will know nothing of evil.
5 Whoever slanders his neighbor secretlyI will destroy.Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heartI will not endure.
6 I will look with favor on the faithful in the land,that they may dwell with me;he who walks in the way that is blamelessshall minister to me.
7 No one who practices deceitshall dwell in my house;no one who utters liesshall continue before my eyes.
8 Morning by morning I will destroyall the wicked in the land,cutting off all the evildoersfrom the city of the Lord.
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Do Not Hide Your Face from MeA Prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the Lord.102:1 Hear my prayer, O Lord;let my cry come to you!
2 Do not hide your face from mein the day of my distress!Incline your ear to me;answer me speedily in the day when I call!
3 For my days pass away like smoke,and my bones burn like a furnace.
4 My heart is struck down like grass and has withered;I forget to eat my bread.
5 Because of my loud groaningmy bones cling to my flesh.
6 I am like a desert owl of the wilderness,like an owl of the waste places;
7 I lie awake;I am like a lonely sparrow on the housetop.
8 All the day my enemies taunt me;those who deride me use my name for a curse.
9 For I eat ashes like breadand mingle tears with my drink,
10 because of your indignation and anger;for you have taken me up and thrown me down.
11 My days are like an evening shadow;I wither away like grass.
12 But you, O Lord, are enthroned forever;you are remembered throughout all generations.
13 You will arise and have pity on Zion;it is the time to favor her;the appointed time has come.
14 For your servants hold her stones dearand have pity on her dust.
15 Nations will fear the name of the Lord,and all the kings of the earth will fear your glory.
16 For the Lord builds up Zion;he appears in his glory;
17 he regards the prayer of the destituteand does not despise their prayer.
18 Let this be recorded for a generation to come,so that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord:
19 that he looked down from his holy height;from heaven the Lord looked at the earth,
20 to hear the groans of the prisoners,to set free those who were doomed to die,
21 that they may declare in Zion the name of the Lord,and in Jerusalem his praise,
22 when peoples gather together,and kingdoms, to worship the Lord.
23 He has broken my strength in midcourse;he has shortened my days.
24 “O my God,” I say, “take me not awayin the midst of my days—you whose years endurethroughout all generations!”
25 Of old you laid the foundation of the earth,and the heavens are the work of your hands.
26 They will perish, but you will remain;they will all wear out like a garment.You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away,
27 but you are the same, and your years have no end.
28 The children of your servants shall dwell secure;their offspring shall be established before you.
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