Song of Solomon 8

Maiden’s Fanciful Wish

1 {How I wish that you were my little brother}, [who] nursed {upon my mother's breasts}! [If] {I met you outside}, I would kiss you, {and no one would despise me}!
2 {I would surely bring you} to the house of my mother, {who would surely teach me}; {I would give you spiced wine to drink}, the {sweet wine} of my pomegranates.

Double Refrain: Embrace and Adjuration

3 His left [hand is] under my head, and his right [hand] embraces me.
4 I adjure you, {O maidens of Jerusalem}, do not arouse or awaken love until it pleases!

Up from the Wilderness and under the Apple Tree

5 Who [is] this coming up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? Under the apple tree I awakened you; there your mother {conceived you}; there she who was in labor gave birth to you.

The Nature of Genuine Romantic Love

6 Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love [is] strong as death; passion [is] fierce as Sheol; its flashes [are] flashes of fire; [it is] a blazing flame.
7 Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If a man were to give all the wealth of his house {for love}, he would be utterly scorned.

Maiden’s Virtuous Chastity and Voluptuous Beauty

8 {We have a little sister}, {and she does not yet have any breasts}. What should we do for our sister {on the day when she is betrothed}?
9 If she [is] a wall, {we will adorn her with a turret of silver}; but if she [is] a door, we will barricade her with boards of cedar.
10 I [was] a wall, and my breasts [were] like the towers, {so [my betrothed] viewed me with great delight}.

Solomon’s Vineyard and the Maiden’s Gift

11 {Solomon had a vineyard} at Baal-hamon; {he entrusted his vineyard to the keepers}; {people paid a thousand silver [pieces] for its fruit}.
12 {My own "vineyard" belongs to me}; the "thousand" are for you, O Solomon, {and "two hundred" for those who tend its fruit}.

Closing Words of Mutual Love

13 O you who dwell in the garden, [my] companions are listening to your voice. Let me hear [it]!
14 Flee, my beloved! {Be like a gazelle} or {a young stag} upon {the perfumed mountains}!