Song of Solomon 8
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1Oh, that you were like my brother, Who nursed at my mother’s breasts! If I should find you outside, I would kiss you; I would not be despised.1If only I could treat you like my brother, one who nursed at my mother's breasts, I would find you in public and kiss you, and no one would scorn me.
2I would lead you and bring you Into the house of my mother, She who used to instruct me. I would cause you to drink of spiced wine, Of the juice of my pomegranate.2I would lead you, I would take you, to the house of my mother who taught me. I would give you spiced wine to drink from the juice of my pomegranate.
3His left hand is under my head, And his right hand embraces me.3May his left hand be under my head, and his right arm embrace me.
4I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, Do not stir up nor awaken love Until it pleases.4Young women of Jerusalem, I charge you, do not stir up or awaken love until the appropriate time.
5Who is this coming up from the wilderness, Leaning upon her beloved? I awakened you under the apple tree. There your mother brought you forth; There she who bore you brought you forth.5Who is this coming up from the wilderness, leaning on the one she loves? Woman I awakened you under the apricot tree. There your mother conceived you; there she conceived and gave you birth.
6Set me as a seal upon your heart, As a seal upon your arm; For love is as strong as death, Jealousy as cruel as the grave; Its flames are flames of fire, A most vehement flame.6Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death; jealousy is as unrelenting as Sheol. Love's flames are fiery flames--an almighty flame!
7Many waters cannot quench love, Nor can the floods drown it. If a man would give for love All the wealth of his house, It would be utterly despised.7A huge torrent cannot extinguish love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If a man were to give all his wealth for love, it would be utterly scorned.
8We have a little sister, And she has no breasts. What shall we do for our sister In the day when she is spoken for?8Our sister is young; she has no breasts. What will we do for our sister on the day she is spoken for?
9If she is a wall, We will build upon her A battlement of silver; And if she is a door, We will enclose her With boards of cedar.9If she is a wall, we will build a silver barricade on her. If she is a door, we will enclose her with cedar planks.
10I am a wall, And my breasts like towers; Then I became in his eyes As one who found peace.10I am a wall and my breasts like towers. So in his eyes I have become like one who finds peace.
11Solomon had a vineyard at Baal Hamon; He leased the vineyard to keepers; Everyone was to bring for its fruit A thousand silver coins.11Solomon owned a vineyard in Baal-hamon. He leased the vineyard to tenants. Each was to bring for his fruit one thousand pieces of silver.
12My own vineyard is before me. You, O Solomon, may have a thousand, And those who tend its fruit two hundred.12I have my own vineyard. The one thousand are for you, Solomon, but two hundred for those who take care of its fruits.
13You who dwell in the gardens, The companions listen for your voice— Let me hear it!13You who dwell in the gardens, companions are listening for your voice; let me hear you!
14Make haste, my beloved, And be like a gazelle Or a young stag On the mountains of spices.14Run away with me, my love, and be like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of spices.
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Song of Solomon 7
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