Song of Solomon 8

Longing for Her Beloved

1Oh that you were like a brother to me
who nursed at my mother’s breasts!
If I found you outside, I would kiss you,
and none would despise me.
2I would lead you and abring you
into the house of my mother
she who used to teach me.
I would give you bspiced wine to drink,
the juice of my pomegranate.
3 cHis left hand is under my head,
and his right hand embraces me!
4I dadjure you, O edaughters of Jerusalem,
fthat you not stir up or awaken love
until it pleases.
5 gWho is that coming up from the wilderness,
leaning on her beloved?
Under the apple tree I awakened you.
There your mother was in labor with you;
there she who bore you was in labor.
6Set me as a seal upon your heart,
as ha seal upon your arm,
for ilove is strong as death,
Or ardor
is fierce as the grave.
Hebrew as  Sheol

Its flashes are flashes of fire,
the very mflame of the Lord.
7Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can floods drown it.
If a man offered for love
all the wealth of his nhouse,
Or it
would be utterly despised.

Final Advice


8We have a little sister,
and she phas no breasts.
What shall we do for our sister
on the day when she is spoken for?
9If she is a wall,
we will build on her a battlement of silver,
but if she is a door,
we will enclose her with qboards of cedar.


10 rI was a wall,
and my sbreasts were like towers;
then I was in his eyes
as one who finds
Or brings out
11Solomon had ua vineyard at Baal-hamon;
he vlet out the vineyard to wkeepers;
each one was to bring for its fruit xa thousand pieces of silver.
12My vineyard, my very own, is before me;
you, O Solomon, may have the thousand,
and ythe keepers of the fruit two hundred.


13 zO you who dwell in the gardens,
with aacompanions listening for your voice;
ablet me hear it.


14 acMake haste, my beloved,
and be adlike a gazelle
or a young stag
on aethe mountains of spices.
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