1 [Woman]If only you were as my brother— the one who nursed at my mother's breast. I would find you in the street and kiss you, and no one would shame me for it.

References for Song of Songs 8:1

      2 I would lead you, I would bring you to my mother's house; she would teach me what to do. I would give you spiced wine to drink, some of my fresh pomegranate juice.

      References for Song of Songs 8:2

        • a 8:2 - Or <i>you would teach me; </i>LXX, Syr <i>to my mother's house, and to the chamber of the one who conceived me </i>(cf 3:4)
          3 His left arm is beneath my head, and his right embraces me!
          4 Make a solemn pledge, daughters of Jerusalem, never to rouse, never to arouse love until it desires.

          Love, strong and invaluable

          5 [Daughters of Jerusalem]Who is this coming up from the wilderness leaning against her lover? [Woman]Under the apple tree I aroused you— there, where your mother labored with you, there where, laboring, she bore you.

          References for Song of Songs 8:5

              6 Set me as a seal over your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is as strong as death, passionate love unrelenting as the grave. Its darts are darts of fire— divine flame!

              References for Song of Songs 8:6

                • b 8:6 - Heb <i>Sheol</i>
                  7 Rushing waters can't quench love; rivers can't wash it away. If someone gave all his estate in exchange for love, he would be laughed to utter shame.
                  8 [The Woman's Brothers]Our sister is small; she has no breasts. What will we do for our sister on the day that she is spoken for?
                  9 If she is a city wall, then we will build a turret of silver on her. And if she is a door, then we will barricade her with a panel of cedar.

                  References for Song of Songs 8:9

                    • c 8:9 - Or <i>on it (the city wall)</i>
                    • d 8:9 - Or <i>it (the door)</i>
                      10 [Woman]I'm a city wall, and my breasts are the towers. So now I'm in his eyes as one who brings peace.
                      11 [Man]Solomon had a vineyard in Baal-hamon. He gave charge of the vineyard to keepers; one would bring in exchange for its fruit a thousand pieces of silver.
                      12 My vineyard, my very own, is before me. You can have the thousand, Solomon— with two hundred for those who tend the fruit!

                      References for Song of Songs 8:12

                        • e 8:12 - Cf 1 Kgs 11:3
                          13 You who sit in the gardens, my companions are listening for your voice. Let me hear it!
                          14 [Woman]"Take flight, my love, and be like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of spice!"