Song of Solomon 8

Longing for Her Beloved

1 Oh, that you were like my brother,
Who nursed at my mother's breasts!
If I should find you outside,
I would kiss you;
I would not be despised.
2 I would lead you and bring you
Into the a house of my mother,
She who used to instruct me.
I would cause you to drink of b spiced wine,
Of the juice of my pomegranate.

(To the Daughters of Jerusalem)

3 c His left hand is under my head,
And his right hand embraces me.
4 d I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
Do not stir up nor awaken love
Until it pleases.

A Relative

5 e Who is this coming up from the wilderness,
Leaning upon her beloved?
I awakened you under the apple tree.
There your mother brought you forth;
There she who bore you brought you forth.

The Shulamite to Her Beloved

6 f Set me as a seal upon your heart,
As a seal upon your arm;
For love is as strong as death,
g Jealousy as 1 cruel as 2 the grave;
Its flames are flames of fire,
3 A most vehement flame.
7 Many waters cannot quench love,
Nor can the floods drown it.
h If a man would give for love
All the wealth of his house,
It would be utterly despised.

Final Advice

The Shulamite's Brothers

8 i We have a little sister,
And she has no breasts.
What shall we do for our sister
In the day when she is spoken for?
9 If she is a wall,
We will build upon her
A battlement of silver;
And if she is a door,
We will enclose her
With boards of cedar.

The Shulamite

10 I am a wall,
And my breasts like towers;
Then I became in his eyes
As one who found peace.

11 Solomon had a vineyard at Baal Hamon;
j He leased the vineyard to keepers;
Everyone was to bring for its fruit
A thousand silver coins.

(To Solomon)

12 My own vineyard is before me.
You, O Solomon, may have a thousand,
And those who tend its fruit two hundred.

The Beloved

13 You who dwell in the gardens,
The companions listen for your voice -
k Let me hear it!

The Shulamite

14 l Make 4 haste, my beloved,
And m be like a gazelle
Or a young stag
On the mountains of spices.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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