Song of Songs 8:4

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

Read Song of Songs 8:4 Using Other Translations

I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, until he please.
I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that you not stir up or awaken love until it pleases.
Promise me, O women of Jerusalem, not to awaken love until the time is right.

What does Song of Songs 8:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Song of Solomon 8:4

I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up,
nor awake [my] love, until he please.
] The phrase, "by the roes [and] by the hinds of the field", used in ( Song of Solomon 2:7 ) ( 3:5 ) ; is here omitted; not as if the charge was less vehement and earnest here, for the form of expostulation seems rather to express more earnestness: for the words may be rendered, "why will ye", or "why should ye stir up, and why awake my love?" F9 being apprehensive they were about to do it; and which she dissuades from, as unreasonable and dangerous, and might be prejudicial to them as well as to her. The allusion is to virgins, that sung songs at marriages; one in the evening, lulling to sleep; and another in the morning, awaking and stirring up from it F11.


FOOTNOTES:

F9 (hm) , "cur", Montanus, Schmidt.
F11 Vid. Theocrit. Idyll. 18.
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