1 If only I could treat you like my brother,a one who nursed at my mother's breasts, I would find you in public and kiss you, and no one would scorn me.
References for Song of Songs 8:1
    • a 8:1 - Lit Would that you were like a brother to me
      2 I would lead you, I would take you, to the house of my motherb who taught me.c I would give you spiced wine to drink from my pomegranate juice.
      References for Song of Songs 8:2
        • b 8:2 - Sg 3:4
        • c 8:2 - LXX adds and into the chamber of the one who bore me
          3 His left hand is under my head, and his right hand embraces me.d
          References for Song of Songs 8:3
            • d 8:3 - Sg 2:6
              4 Young women of Jerusalem, I charge you: do not stir up or awaken love until the appropriate time.e
              References for Song of Songs 8:4
                • e 8:4 - Sg 2:7; 3:5

                  Young Women of Jerusalem

                  5 Who is thisf coming up from the wilderness, leaning on the one she loves? I awakened you under the apricot tree.g There your mother conceived you; there she conceived and gave you birth.
                  References for Song of Songs 8:5
                    • f 8:5 - Sg 3:6; 6:10
                    • g 8:5 - Sg 2:3


                      6 Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm.h For love is as strong as death;i ardent love is as unrelenting as Sheol. Love's flames are fiery flamesj- the fiercest of all.k
                      References for Song of Songs 8:6
                        • h 8:6 - Sg 2:16; 6:3; 7:10
                        • i 8:6 - 1 Co 13:8; Rm 8:38-39
                        • j 8:6 - Dt 32:21-22
                        • k 8:6 - Or the blaze of the Lord
                          7 Mighty waters cannot extinguish love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If a man were to give all his wealthl for love, it would be utterly scorned.
                          References for Song of Songs 8:7
                            • l 8:7 - Lit all the wealth of his house


                              8 Our sister is young; she has no breasts. What will we do for our sister on the day she is spoken for?
                              References for Song of Songs 8:8
                                  9 If she is a wall, we will build a silver parapet on it. If she is a door, we will enclose it with cedar planks.m
                                  References for Song of Songs 8:9
                                    • m 8:9 - Vv. 8-9 may record what the girl's brothers (Sg 1:6) used to say; Gn 24:29; 34:6-18.


                                      10 I amn a wall and my breasts like towers. So in his eyes I have become like one who finds peace.o
                                      References for Song of Songs 8:10
                                        • n 8:10 - Or was
                                        • o 8:10 - Shalom, the Hb word for peace, sounds similar to Solomon and Shulammite in Hb.
                                          11 Solomon owned a vineyard in Baal-hamon. He leased the vineyard to tenants. Each was to bring for his fruit 1,000 pieces of silver.
                                          12 I have my own vineyard.pq The 1,000 are for you, Solomon, but 200 for those who guard its fruits.
                                          References for Song of Songs 8:12
                                            • p 8:12 - Lit My vineyard, which is mine, is before me; Sg 1:6
                                            • q 8:12 - Sg 1:6


                                              13 Your who dwell in the gardens- companionss are listening for your voice- let me hear you!t
                                              References for Song of Songs 8:13
                                                • r 8:13 - You is feminine in Hb.
                                                • s 8:13 - Sg 1:7
                                                • t 8:13 - Sg 2:14


                                                  14 Hurry [to me], my love, and be like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of spices.u
                                                  References for Song of Songs 8:14