SONG OF SOLOMON 1-3
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The Young Shulammite Bride and Jerusalem’s Daughters 1:1 The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s.
2 “May he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine.
3 “Your oils have a pleasing fragrance, Your name is like purified oil; Therefore the maidens love you.
4 “Draw me after you and let us run together! The king has brought me into his chambers.”
“We will rejoice in you and be glad; We will extol your love more than wine. Rightly do they love you.”
5 “I am black but lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, Like the tents of Kedar, Like the curtains of Solomon.
6 “Do not stare at me because I am swarthy, For the sun has burned me. My mother’s sons were angry with me; They made me caretaker of the vineyards, But I have not taken care of my own vineyard.
7 “Tell me, O you whom my soul loves, Where do you pasture your flock, Where do you make it lie down at noon? For why should I be like one who veils herself Beside the flocks of your companions?”
Solomon, the Lover, Speaks8 “If you yourself do not know, Most beautiful among women, Go forth on the trail of the flock And pasture your young goats By the tents of the shepherds.
9 “To me, my darling, you are like My mare among the chariots of Pharaoh.
10 “Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments, Your neck with strings of beads.”
11 “We will make for you ornaments of gold With beads of silver.”
12 “While the king was at his table, My perfume gave forth its fragrance.
13 “My beloved is to me a pouch of myrrh Which lies all night between my breasts.
14 “My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms In the vineyards of Engedi.”
15 “How beautiful you are, my darling, How beautiful you are! Your eyes are like doves.”
16 “How handsome you are, my beloved, And so pleasant! Indeed, our couch is luxuriant!
17 “The beams of our houses are cedars, Our rafters, cypresses.
The Bride’s Admiration2:1 “I am the rose of Sharon, The lily of the valleys.”
2 “Like a lily among the thorns, So is my darling among the maidens.”
3 “Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest, So is my beloved among the young men. In his shade I took great delight and sat down, And his fruit was sweet to my taste.
4 “He has brought me to his banquet hall, And his banner over me is love.
5 “Sustain me with raisin cakes, Refresh me with apples, Because I am lovesick.
6 “Let his left hand be under my head And his right hand embrace me.”
7 “I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, By the gazelles or by the hinds of the field, That you do not arouse or awaken my love Until she pleases.”
8 “Listen! My beloved! Behold, he is coming, Climbing on the mountains, Leaping on the hills!
9 “My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, he is standing behind our wall, He is looking through the windows, He is peering through the lattice.
10 “My beloved responded and said to me, ‘Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, And come along.
11 ‘For behold, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone.
12 ‘The flowers have already appeared in the land; The time has arrived for pruning the vines, And the voice of the turtledove has been heard in our land.
13 ‘The fig tree has ripened its figs, And the vines in blossom have given forth their fragrance. Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, And come along!’”
14 “O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, In the secret place of the steep pathway, Let me see your form, Let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, And your form is lovely.”
15 “Catch the foxes for us, The little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, While our vineyards are in blossom.”
16 “My beloved is mine, and I am his; He pastures his flock among the lilies.
17 “Until the cool of the day when the shadows flee away, Turn, my beloved, and be like a gazelle Or a young stag on the mountains of Bether.”
The Bride’s Troubled Dream3:1 “On my bed night after night I sought him Whom my soul loves; I sought him but did not find him.
2 ‘I must arise now and go about the city; In the streets and in the squares I must seek him whom my soul loves.’ I sought him but did not find him.
3 “The watchmen who make the rounds in the city found me, And I said, ‘Have you seen him whom my soul loves?’
4 “Scarcely had I left them When I found him whom my soul loves; I held on to him and would not let him go Until I had brought him to my mother’s house, And into the room of her who conceived me.”
5 “I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, By the gazelles or by the hinds of the field, That you will not arouse or awaken my love Until she pleases.”
Solomon’s Wedding Day6 “What is this coming up from the wilderness Like columns of smoke, Perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, With all scented powders of the merchant?
7 “Behold, it is the traveling couch of Solomon; Sixty mighty men around it, Of the mighty men of Israel.
8 “All of them are wielders of the sword, Expert in war; Each man has his sword at his side, Guarding against the terrors of the night.
9 “King Solomon has made for himself a sedan chair From the timber of Lebanon.
10 “He made its posts of silver, Its back of gold And its seat of purple fabric, With its interior lovingly fitted out By the daughters of Jerusalem.
11 “Go forth, O daughters of Zion, And gaze on King Solomon with the crown With which his mother has crowned him On the day of his wedding, And on the day of his gladness of heart.”
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The Reign of the Righteous King.A Psalm
of Solomon.72:1 Give the king Your judgments, O God, And Your righteousness to the king’s son.
2 May he judge Your people with righteousness And Your afflicted with justice.
3 Let the mountains bring peace to the people, And the hills, in righteousness.
4 May he vindicate the afflicted of the people, Save the children of the needy And crush the oppressor.
5 Let them fear You while the sun endures, And as long as the moon, throughout all generations.
6 May he come down like rain upon the mown grass, Like showers that water the earth.
7 In his days may the righteous flourish, And abundance of peace till the moon is no more.
8 May he also rule from sea to sea And from the River to the ends of the earth.
9 Let the nomads of the desert bow before him, And his enemies lick the dust.
10 Let the kings of Tarshish and of the islands bring presents; The kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts.
11 And let all kings bow down before him, All nations serve him.
12 For he will deliver the needy when he cries for help, The afflicted also, and him who has no helper.
13 He will have compassion on the poor and needy, And the lives of the needy he will save.
14 He will rescue their life from oppression and violence, And their blood will be precious in his sight;
15 So may he live, and may the gold of Sheba be given to him; And let them pray for him continually; Let them bless him all day long.
16 May there be abundance of grain in the earth on top of the mountains; Its fruit will wave like the cedars of Lebanon; And may those from the city flourish like vegetation of the earth.
17 May his name endure forever; May his name increase as long as the sun shines; And let men bless themselves by him; Let all nations call him blessed.
18 Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, Who alone works wonders.
19 And blessed be His glorious name forever; And may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen, and Amen.
20 The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.
1 THESSALONIANS 5
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The Day of the Lord 5:1 Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you.
2 For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.
3 While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.
4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief;
5 for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness;
6 so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.
7 For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night.
8 But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.
9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him.
11 Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.
Christian Conduct 12 But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction,
13 and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.
14 We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
15 See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.
16 Rejoice always;
17 pray without ceasing;
18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
19 Do not quench the Spirit;
20 do not despise prophetic utterances.
21 But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;
22 abstain from every form of evil.
23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.
25 Brethren, pray for us.
26 Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss.
27 I adjure you by the Lord to have this letter read to all the brethren.
28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
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