Song of Solomon 8:8-14 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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8 My brothers used to worry about me: "Our little sister has no breasts. What shall we do with our little sister when men come asking for 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 She's a virgin and vulnerable, and we'll protect her. If they think she's a wall, we'll top it with barbed wire. If they think she's a door, we'll barricade it." 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 Dear brothers, I'm a walled-in virgin still, but my breasts are full - And when my lover sees me, he knows he'll soon be satisfied. 10 I am a wall, and my breasts are like towers. Thus I have become in his eyes like one bringing contentment.
11 King Solomon may have vast vineyards in lush, fertile country, Where he hires others to work the ground. People pay anything to get in on that bounty. 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 my vineyard is all mine, and I'm keeping it to myself. You can have your vast vineyards, Solomon, you and your greedy guests! 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 Oh, lady of the gardens, my friends are with me listening. Let me hear your voice! 13 You who dwell in the gardens with friends in attendance, let me hear your voice!
14 Run to me, dear lover. Come like a gazelle. Leap like a wild stag on the spice mountains. 14 Come away, my lover, and be like a gazelle or like a young stag on the spice-laden mountains.