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 Song of Solomon 8
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The Holy Bible, New International Version®
   Book of Song of SolomonClick Verse Reference for Study Notes
    8:1-14 - Study Chapter
1 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.

Friends
5 Who is this coming up from the desert
leaning on her lover?


Beloved
Under the apple tree I roused you;
there your mother conceived you,
there she who was in labor 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 F15 unyielding as the grave. F16
It burns like blazing fire,
like a mighty flame. F17
7 Many waters cannot quench love;
rivers cannot wash it away.
If one were to give
all the wealth of his house for love,
it F18 would be utterly scorned.

Friends
8 We have a young sister,
and her breasts are not yet grown.
What shall we do for our sister
for 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.

Beloved
10 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 F19 of silver.
12 But my own vineyard is mine to give;
the thousand shekels are for you, O Solomon,
and two hundred F20 are for those who tend its fruit.

Lover
13 You who dwell in the gardens
with friends in attendance,
let me hear your voice!

Beloved
14 Come away, my lover,
and be like a gazelle
or like a young stag
on the spice-laden mountains.




FOOTNOTES:
F15: Or ardor
F16: Hebrew Sheol
F17: Or / like the very flame of the LORD
F18: Or he
F19: That is, about 25 pounds (about 11.5 kilograms); also in verse 12
F20: That is, about 5 pounds (about 2.3 kilograms)


 
 

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