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Song of Solomon 8 (Lexham English Bible)

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Maiden’s Fanciful Wish

1 {How I wish that you were my little brother},ab [who] nursed {upon my mother's breasts}!c [If] {I met you outside},d I would kiss you, {and no one would despise me}!e 2 {I would surely bring you}fg to the house of my mother, {who would surely teach me};h {I would give you spiced wine to drink},i the {sweet wine}j of my pomegranates.k

Double Refrain: Embrace and Adjuration

3 His left [hand is] under my head, and his right [hand] embracesl me. 4 I adjure you, {O maidens of Jerusalem},m do notn arouse or awaken love until it pleases!o

Up from the Wilderness and under the Apple Tree

5 Who [is] this coming up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? Under the apple tree I awakened you; there your mother {conceived you};p there she who was in labor gave birth to you.

The Nature of Genuine Romantic Love

6 Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love [is] strong as death; passion [is] fierce as Sheol; its flashes [are] flashes of fire; [it is] a blazing flame. 7 Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away.q If a man were to give all the wealth of his house {for love},r he would be utterly scorned.s

Maiden’s Virtuous Chastity and Voluptuous Beauty

8 {We have a little sister},t {and she does not yet have any breasts}.u What should we do for our sister {on the day when she is betrothed}?vw 9 If she [is] a wall, {we will adorn her with a turret of silver};xy but if she [is] a door, we will barricade her with boards of cedar.z 10 I [was] a wall, and my breasts [were] like the towers, {so [my betrothed] viewed me with great delight}.aa

Solomon’s Vineyard and the Maiden’s Gift

11 {Solomon had a vineyard}bb at Baal-hamon; {he entrusted his vineyard to the keepers};cc {people paid a thousand silver [pieces] for its fruit}.dd 12 {My own "vineyard" belongs to me};ee the "thousand" are for you, O Solomon, {and "two hundred" for those who tend its fruit}.ff

Closing Words of Mutual Love

13 O you who dwell in the garden, [my] companions are listening to your voice. Let me hear [it]! 14 Flee, my beloved! {Be like a gazelle}gg or {a young stag}hh upon {the perfumed mountains}!ii
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