Song of Solomon 8
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The Lovers Speak

1“Oh, that you were like a brother to me,

Who nursed at the breasts of my mother.

If I found you out of doors, I would kiss you;

No one would blame me or despise me, either.

2“I would lead you and 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 his left hand be under my head

And his right hand embrace me.”

(The Bridegroom)

4“I command you to take an oath, O daughters of Jerusalem,

That you do not rouse nor awaken my love

Until she pleases.”

(The Chorus)

5“Who is this coming up from the wilderness

Leaning upon her beloved?”

(The Shulammite Bride)

“Under the apple tree I awakened you [to my love];

There your mother was in labor with you,

There she was in labor and gave you birth.

6“Put me like a seal on your heart,

Like a seal on your arm;

For love is as strong as death,

Jealousy is as severe and cruel as Sheol (the place of the dead).

Its flashes are flashes of fire,

[A most vehement flame] the very flame of the [a]LORD!

7“Many waters cannot quench love,

Nor can rivers drown it.

If a man would offer all the riches of his house for love,

It would be utterly scorned and despised.”

(The Chorus)

8“We have a little sister

And she has no breasts.

What shall we do for our sister

On the day when she is spoken for [in marriage]?

9“If she is a wall (discreet, womanly),

We will build on her a turret (dowry) of silver;

But if she is a door (bold, flirtatious),

We will enclose her with planks of cedar.”

(The Shulammite Bride)

10“I was a wall, and my breasts were like the towers.

Then I became in the king’s eyes

As one [to be respected and allowed] to find peace.

11“Solomon had a vineyard at Baal-hamon;

He entrusted the vineyard to caretakers;

Each one was to bring him a thousand shekels of silver for its fruit.

12“My very own vineyard is at my disposal;

The thousand [shekels of silver] are for you, O Solomon,

And two hundred are for those who tend the fruit.”

(The Bridegroom)

13“O you who sit in the gardens,

My companions are listening for your voice--

Let me hear it.”

(The Shulammite Bride)

14“Hurry, my beloved and come quickly,

Like a gazelle or a young stag [taking me home]

On the mountains of spices.”

[a] 6 Heb YHWH (Yahweh).

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