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Song of Songs 8:1-9 (Holman Christian Standard)

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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. 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. 3 His left hand is under my head, and his right hand embraces me.d 4 Young women of Jerusalem, I charge you: do not stir up or awaken love until the appropriate time.e

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.

Woman

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 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.

Brothers

8 Our sister is young; she has no breasts. What will we do for our sister on the day she is spoken for? 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
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