Song of Solomon 8
The Lovers Speak1 “Oh that you were like a brother to me
Who nursed at my mother’s breasts.
If I found you outdoors, I would kiss you;
No one would despise me, either.
2 “I would lead you and a bring you
Into the house of my mother, who used to instruct me;
I would give you spiced wine to drink from the juice of my pomegranates.
3 “Let b his left hand be under my head
And his right hand embrace me.”
▼ BRIDEGROOM, d “I want you to swear, O daughters of Jerusalem,
▼ Or Why should you arouseDo not arouse or awaken my love
▼ Or itshe pleases.”
▼ CHORUS, h “Who is this coming up from the wilderness
Leaning on her beloved?”
▼ “Beneath the ▼
▼ Or apricot, k apple tree I awakened you;
There your mother was in labor with you,
There she was in labor and gave you birth.
6 “Put me like a ▼
▼ Or signetseal over your heart,
Like a m seal on your arm.
For love is as strong as death,
▼ Or Its ardor is as inflexible, o Jealousy is as severe as Sheol;
Its flashes are flashes of fire,
▼ Another reading is A vehement flameThe very flame of the Lord.
7 “Many waters cannot quench love,
Nor will rivers overflow it;
q If a man were to give all the riches of his house for love,
It would be utterly despised.”
▼ CHORUS“We have a little sister,
And she s has no breasts;
What shall we do for our sister
On the day when she is spoken for?
9 “If she is a wall,
We will build on her a battlement of silver;
But if she is a door,
We will barricade her with t planks of cedar.”
10 ▼ “I was a wall, and v my breasts were like towers;
Then I became in his eyes as one who finds peace.
11 “Solomon had a w vineyard at Baal-hamon;
He x entrusted the vineyard to y caretakers.
Each one was to bring a z thousand shekels of silver for its aa fruit.
12 “My very own vineyard is ▼
▼ Lit before meat my disposal;
The thousand shekels are for you, Solomon,
And two hundred are for those who take care of its fruit.”
▼ BRIDEGROOM“O you who sit in the gardens,
My ad companions are listening for your voice—
ae Let me hear it!”
14 ▼ , ▼
▼ Lit Flee“Hurry, my beloved,
And be ah like a gazelle or a young ▼
▼ Lit of the stagsstag
On the aj mountains of spices.”
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