Song of Solomon 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 house1-- 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.2

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4 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.3

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Friends

Beloved

5 Who is this coming up from the desert4 leaning on her lover? Under the apple tree I roused you; there your mother conceived5 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 love6 is as strong as death, its jealousya7 unyielding as the grave.b It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.c

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    • a 8:6 - Or "ardor"
    • b 8:6 - Hebrew "Sheol"
    • c 8:6 - Or "/ like the very flame of the LORD"
      7 Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, itd would be utterly scorned.8

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      Friends

      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?

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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.

          Beloved

          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 vineyard9 in Baal Hamon; he let out his vineyard to tenants. Each was to bring for its fruit a thousand shekelse10 of silver.

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                • e 8:11 - That is, about 25 pounds (about 11.5 kilograms); also in verse 12
                  12 But my own vineyard11 is mine to give; the thousand shekels are for you, O Solomon, and two hundredf are for those who tend its fruit.

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                    • f 8:12 - That is, about 5 pounds (about 2.3 kilograms)

                      Lover

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

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                          Beloved

                          14 Come away, my lover, and be like a gazelle12 or like a young stag13 on the spice-laden mountains.14

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