The Bible in Its Traditions

Song of Solomon 3:6–11

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Who is this that cometh up out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant?

Who is she, who ascends through the desert, like a staff of smoke from the aromatics of myrrh, and frankincense, and every powder of the perfumer?

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Behold, it is the litter of Solomon; threescore mighty men are about it, of the mighty men of Israel.

Behold Solomon’s bed; sixty mighty men of the mighty ones of Israel are round about it.

Lo, sixty strong ones, out of all the strongest in Israel, stand watch at the bed of Solomon,

They all handle the sword, and are expert in war; every man hath his sword upon his thigh, because of dread in the night.

They all hold a sword, being expert in war: every man has his sword upon his thigh because of fear by night.

all holding swords and well-trained in warfare, each one’s weapon upon his thigh, because of fears in the night.

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King Solomon made himself a palanquin of the wood of Lebanon.

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10  He made the pillars thereof of silver, the top thereof of gold, the seat of it of purple, the inside thereof being inlaid with love, from the daughters of Jerusalem.

10  He made its columns of silver, the reclining place of gold, the ascent of purple; the middle he covered well, out of charity for the daughters of Jerusalem.

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11  Go forth, O ye daughters of Zion, and gaze upon king Solomon, even upon the crown wherewith his mother hath crowned him in the day of his espousals, and in the day of the gladness of his heart.

11  O daughters of Zion, go forth and see king Solomon with the diadem with which his mother crowned him, on the day of his espousal, on the day of the rejoicing of his heart.

11  Go forth, O you daughters of Zion, and behold King Solomon with the crown with which his mother crowned him in the day of his wedding and in the day of the joy of his heart.