Song of Solomon 81 If only you were to me like a brother,
who was nursed at my mother’s breasts!
Then, if I found you outside,
I would kiss you,
and no one would despise me.
2 I would lead you
and bring you to my mother’s house –
she who has taught me.
I would give you spiced wine to drink,
the nectar of my pomegranates.
3 His left arm is under my head
and his right arm embraces me.
4 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you:
do not arouse or awaken love
until it so desires.
Friends5 Who is this coming up from the wilderness
leaning on her beloved?
SheUnder the apple tree I roused you;
there your mother conceived you,
there she who was in labour gave you birth.
6 Place me like a seal over your heart,
like a seal on your arm;
for love is as strong as death,
its jealousy ▼
▼ Or ardourunyielding as the grave.
It burns like blazing fire,
like a mighty flame. ▼
▼ Or fire, / like the very flame of the Lord
7 Many waters cannot quench love;
rivers cannot sweep it away.
If one were to give
all the wealth of one’s house for love,
▼ Or hewould be utterly scorned.
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 towers of silver on her.
If she is a door,
we will enclose her with panels of cedar.
She10 I am a wall,
and my breasts are like towers.
Thus I have become in his eyes
like one bringing contentment.
11 Solomon had a vineyard in Baal Hamon;
he let out his vineyard to tenants.
Each was to bring for its fruit
a thousand shekels ▼
▼ That is, about 12 kilograms; also in verse 12of silver.
12 But my own vineyard is mine to give;
the thousand shekels are for you, Solomon,
and two hundred ▼
▼ That is, about 2.3 kilogramsare for those who tend its fruit.
He13 You who dwell in the gardens
with friends in attendance,
let me hear your voice!
She14 Come away, my beloved,
and be like a gazelle
or like a young stag
on the spice-laden mountains.
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