New American Standard Bible
"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?
King James Bible
We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts: what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for?
Darby Bible Translation
We have a little sister, And she hath no breasts: What shall we do for our sister In the day when she shall be spoken for? --
World English Bible
We have a little sister. She has no breasts. What shall we do for our sister in the day when she is to be spoken for?
Young's Literal Translation
We have a little sister, and breasts she hath not, What do we do for our sister, In the day that it is told of her?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
A brief dialogue commencing with a question and answer probably made by brothers of the bride concerning a younger sister who will soon be old enough to be asked in marriage. The answer is given in the form of a parable: "If she be a wall," i. e., stedfast in chastity and virtue, one on whom no light advances can be made, then let us honor and reward her. This fortress-wall shall be crowned as it were with a tower or battlement of silver. But "if she be a door," light-minded and accessible to seduction Proverbs 7:11-12, then let us provide against assailants the protection of a cedar bar or panel.
"I made you numerous like plants of the field. Then you grew up, became tall and reached the age for fine ornaments; your breasts were formed and your hair had grown. Yet you were naked and bare.
Song of Solomon 8:9
"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 planks of cedar."
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