Song of Solomon 8


Love's Embrace

Who should grant you, O my beloved man, nursing the breasts of my mother; finding you outside I should kiss you, and indeed, they will not treat me with contempt. I shall take you; I shall bring you into the house of my mother, and into the inner chamber of the one conceiving me. I will give you to drink from [2wine 1scented] of the juice of my pomegranates. His left hand is under my head, and his right hand shall embrace me. I bound you by an oath, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the powers, by the strengths of the field, why should you arise and why should you awaken love until whenever it should want? Who is this ascending from the wilderness, staying upon her beloved man? Under the apple tree I awakened you. There [2travailed 3with you 1your mother]. There she travailed with you, giving birth to you. Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm! For [3is strong 4as 5death 1the 2love]; hard as Hades is jealousy; her sparks are sparks of the fire of her flames. [2water 1Much] will not be able to extinguish love, and rivers shall not engulf it. If [2should give 1a man] all his livelihood for love, with contempt men will treat it contemptuously. Our sister is small and [3breasts 2no 1has]; what shall we do for our sister in the day in which ever she should be spoken for in it? If she is a wall, we should build upon her parapets of silver. And if she is a door, we will circumscribe for her [2plank 1cedar]. 10 I am a wall, and my breasts are as towers. I was in their eyes as one finding peace.

The Vineyard

11 A Vineyard existed to Solomon in Baal-hamon. He gave over his vineyard to the ones keeping it. Every man shall bring for its fruit a thousand pieces of silver. 12 My vineyard, mine, is before me. The thousands to Solomon, and two hundred to the ones keeping its fruit. 13 O one sitting down in the gardens, the companions are taking heed to your voice. You caused me to hear! 14 Flee, O my beloved man, and be like the doe or the fawn of the hinds upon mountains of aromatics!
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