Song of Solomon 8

Longing for Her Beloved

1 Oh 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 a  bring you
into the house of my mother
she who used to teach me.
I would give you b  spiced wine to drink,
the juice of my pomegranate.
3 c  His left hand is under my head,
and his right hand embraces me!
4I d  adjure you, O e  daughters of Jerusalem,
f  that you not stir up or awaken love
until it pleases.
5 g  Who 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.
6 Set me as a seal upon your heart,
as h  a seal upon your arm,
for i  love is strong as death,
j  jealousy
Or ardor
is fierce as the grave.
Hebrew as  Sheol

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

Final Advice


8 We have a little sister,
and she p  has 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 q  boards of cedar.


10 r  I was a wall,
and my s  breasts were like towers;
then I was in his eyes
as one who finds
Or brings out
11 Solomon had u  a vineyard at Baal-hamon;
he v  let out the vineyard to w  keepers;
each one was to bring for its fruit x  a thousand pieces of silver.
12My vineyard, my very own, is before me;
you, O Solomon, may have the thousand,
and y  the keepers of the fruit two hundred.


13 z  O you who dwell in the gardens,
with aa  companions listening for your voice;
ab  let me hear it.


14 ac  Make haste, my beloved,
and be ad  like a gazelle
or a young stag
on ae  the mountains of spices.
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