Song of Solomon 8:1-11 (New International Version)

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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. 3 His left arm is under my head and his right arm embraces me.2 4 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.3

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. 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 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

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? 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. 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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