Song of Songs 8 NIV

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 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.

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3 His left arm is under my head and his right arm embraces me.

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4 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.

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5 Who is this coming up from the wilderness leaning on her beloved? Under the apple tree I roused you; there your mother conceived you, there she who was in labor gave you birth.

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6 Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousya unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.b

References for Song of Songs 8:6

    • p 8:6 - Or "ardor"
    • q 8:6 - Or "fire," / "like the very flame of the " Lord
      7 Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If one were to give all the wealth of one’s house for love, itc would be utterly scorned.

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      8 We have a little sister, and her breasts are not yet grown. What shall we do for our sister on the day she is spoken for?

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          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 a wall, and my breasts are like towers. Thus I have become in his eyes like one bringing contentment.

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              11 Solomon had a vineyard in Baal Hamon; he let out his vineyard to tenants. Each was to bring for its fruit a thousand shekelsd of silver.

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                • s 8:11 - That is, about 25 pounds or about 12 kilograms; also in verse 12
                  12 But my own vineyard is mine to give; the thousand shekels are for you, Solomon, and two hundrede are for those who tend its fruit.

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                    • t 8:12 - That is, about 5 pounds or about 2.3 kilograms


                      13 You who dwell in the gardens with friends in attendance, let me hear your voice!

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                          14 Come away, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or like a young stag on the spice-laden mountains.

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