Song of Solomon 8
Longing for Her Beloved1 O that you [were] to me like a brother who nursed at my mother’s breasts! If I found you outdoors, I would kiss you, and no one would despise me. 2 I would lead you and bring you to the house of my mother who taught me. I would give you spiced wine to drink, the nectar of my pomegranates. 3 His left hand is under my head, and his right arm embraces me. 4 O daughters of Jerusalem, I adjure you: Do not arouse or awaken love until the time is right.
The Friends5 Who is this coming up from the wilderness, leaning on her beloved?
The BrideI roused you under the apple tree; there your mother conceived you, there she travailed and brought you forth. 6 Set me as a seal over your heart, as a seal upon your arm. For love is as strong as death, its jealousy ▼
▼Or passionas unrelenting as Sheol. Its sparks are fiery flames, the fiercest blaze of all. 7 Mighty waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If a man were to give all the riches of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned .
The Friends8 We have a little sister, and her breasts are not yet grown. What shall we do for our sister on the day she is spoken for? 9 If she is a wall, we will build a tower of silver to protect her. If she is a door, we will enclose her with panels of cedar.
The Bride10 I am a wall and my breasts are like towers. So I have become in his eyes like one who brings peace. 11 Solomon had a vineyard in Baal-hamon. He leased [it] to the tenants. For its fruit, each was to bring a thousand [shekels] ▼
▼That is, about 25 pounds or 11.34 kilograms; also in verse 12of silver. 12 [But] my own vineyard is mine to give; the thousand [shekels] are for you, O Solomon, and two hundred are for those who tend its fruit.
The Groom13 You who dwell in the gardens, [my] companions are listening for your voice. Let me hear it!
The Bride14 Come away, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of spices.
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