Longing for Her Beloved
1Oh that you were like a brother to me
who nursed at my mother’s breasts!
If I found you outside, I would kiss you,
and none would despise me.
2I would lead you and #ch. 3:4 bring you
into the house of my mother—
she who used to teach me.
I would give you #[Prov. 9:2, 5]spiced wine to drink,
the juice of my pomegranate.
3 # ch. 2:6, 7 His left hand is under my head,
and his right hand embraces me!
4I #See ch. 2:7 adjure you, O #See ch. 1:5 daughters of Jerusalem,
# [ch. 2:7] that you not stir up or awaken love
until it pleases.
5 # See ch. 3:6 Who is that coming up from the wilderness,
leaning on her beloved?
Under the apple tree I awakened you.
There your mother was in labor with you;
there she who bore you was in labor.
6Set me as a seal upon your heart,
as #Isa. 49:16; Jer. 22:24; Hag. 2:23 a seal upon your arm,
for #[Rom. 8:35] love is strong as death,
# [Ex. 34:14]; Deut. 4:24 jealousy#8:6 Or ardor is fierce as the grave.#8:6 Hebrew as Sheol
Its flashes are flashes of fire,
the very #[Job 1:16]flame of the Lord.
7Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can floods drown it.
If a man offered for love
all the wealth of his #Prov. 6:35house,
he#8:7 Or it would be utterly despised.
8We have a little sister,
and she #[Ezek. 16:7]has no breasts.
What shall we do for our sister
on the day when she is spoken for?
9If she is a wall,
we will build on her a battlement of silver,
but if she is a door,
we will enclose her with #[1 Kgs. 6:15]boards of cedar.
10 # [ch. 4:12, 13] I was a wall,
and my #[ch. 4:5; 7:3]breasts were like towers;
then I was in his eyes
as one who finds#8:10 Or brings out peace.
11Solomon had #Eccles. 2:4 a vineyard at Baal-hamon;
he #[Matt. 21:33] let out the vineyard to #ch. 1:6 keepers;
each one was to bring for its fruit #[Isa. 7:23]a thousand pieces of silver.
12My vineyard, my very own, is before me;
you, O Solomon, may have the thousand,
and #See Prov. 27:18the keepers of the fruit two hundred.
13 # [ch. 5:1] O you who dwell in the gardens,
with #ch. 1:7 companions listening for your voice;
# ch. 2:14 let me hear it.
14 # [Rev. 22:17, 20] Make haste, my beloved,
and be #See ch. 2:9 like a gazelle
or a young stag
on #[ch. 4:6]the mountains of spices.