Song of Songs 8:1-9 CSB

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

                      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

                      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

                              Brothers

                              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.