Song of Solomon 8 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Young Woman: "Oh, if only you were my brother, who nursed at my mother's breast. Then I could kiss you no matter who was watching, and no one would criticize me. 1 If only you were to me like a brother, who was nursed at my mother's breasts! Then, if I found you outside, I would kiss you, and no one would despise me.
2 I would bring you to my childhood home, and there you would teach me. I would give you spiced wine to drink, my sweet pomegranate wine. 2 I would lead you and bring you to my mother's house-- she who has taught me. I would give you spiced wine to drink, the nectar of my pomegranates.
3 Your left hand would be under my head and your right hand would embrace me. 3 His left arm is under my head and his right arm embraces me.
4 "I want you to promise, O women of Jerusalem, not to awaken love until the time is right. " Young Women of Jerusalem: 4 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.
5 "Who is this coming up from the desert, leaning on her lover?" Young Woman: "I aroused you under the apple tree, where your mother gave you birth, where in great pain she delivered you. 5 Who is this coming up from the desert leaning on her lover? Under the apple tree I roused you; there your mother conceived you, there she who was in labor gave you birth.
6 Place me like a seal over your heart, or like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death, and its jealousy is as enduring as the grave. Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame. 6 Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.
7 Many waters cannot quench love; neither can rivers drown it. If a man tried to buy love with everything he owned, his offer would be utterly despised." The Young Woman's Brothers: 7 Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned.
8 "We have a little sister too young for breasts. What will we do if someone asks to marry her? 8 We have a young sister, and her breasts are not yet grown. What shall we do for our sister for the day she is spoken for?
9 If she is chaste, we will strengthen and encourage her. But if she is promiscuous, we will shut her off from men. " Young Woman: 9 If she is a wall, we will build towers of silver on her. If she is a door, we will enclose her with panels of cedar.
10 "I am chaste, and I am now full breasted. And my lover is content with me. 10 I am a wall, and my breasts are like towers. Thus I have become in his eyes like one bringing contentment.
11 "Solomon has a vineyard at Baal-hamon, which he rents to some farmers there. Each of them pays one thousand pieces of silver for its use. 11 Solomon had a vineyard in Baal Hamon; he let out his vineyard to tenants. Each was to bring for its fruit a thousand shekels of silver.
12 But as for my own vineyard, O Solomon, you can take my thousand pieces of silver. And I will give two hundred pieces of silver to those who care for its vines." Young Man: 12 But my own vineyard is mine to give; the thousand shekels are for you, O Solomon, and two hundred are for those who tend its fruit.
13 "O my beloved, lingering in the gardens, how wonderful that your companions can listen to your voice. Let me hear it, too!" Young Woman: 13 You who dwell in the gardens with friends in attendance, let me hear your voice!
14 "Come quickly, my love! Move like a swift gazelle or a young deer on the mountains of spices." 14 Come away, my lover, and be like a gazelle or like a young stag on the spice-laden mountains.