If only I could treat you like my brother, # Lit Would that you were like a brother to me
one who nursed at my mother’s breasts,
I would find you in public and kiss you,
and no one would scorn me.
2I would lead you, I would take you,
to the house of my mother # Sg 3:4 who taught me. # LXX adds and into the chamber of the one who bore me
I would give you spiced wine to drink
from my pomegranate juice.
3His left hand is under my head,
and his right arm embraces me. # Sg 2:6
4Young women of Jerusalem, I charge you:
do not stir up or awaken love
until the appropriate time. # Sg 2:7; 3:5
5Who is this # Sg 3:6; 6:10 coming up from the wilderness,
leaning on the one she loves?
I awakened you under the apricot tree. # Sg 2:3
There your mother conceived you;
there she conceived and gave you birth.
6Set me as a seal on your heart,
as a seal on your arm. # Sg 2:16; 6:3; 7:10
For love is as strong as death; # Rm 8:38-39; 1Co 13:8
ardent love is as unrelenting as Sheol.
Love’s flames are fiery flames # Dt 32:21-22; Pr 6:34; 27:4 —
the fiercest of all. # Or the blaze of the Lord
7Mighty waters cannot extinguish love;
rivers cannot sweep it away.
If a man were to give all his wealth # Lit all the wealth of his house for love, # Pr 6:35
it would be utterly scorned.
8Our sister is young;
she has no breasts. # Ezk 16:7
What will we do for our sister
on the day she is spoken for?
9If she is a wall,
we will build a silver parapet on it.
If she is a door,
we will enclose it with cedar planks. # Vv. 8-9 may record what the girl’s brothers used to say. # 1Kg 6:15
10I am # Or was a wall
and my breasts like towers.
So in his eyes I have become
like one who finds peace. # In Hb, the word for peace sounds similar to Solomon and Shulammite.
11Solomon owned a vineyard in Baal-hamon. # Ec 2:4
He leased the vineyard to tenants. # Mt 21:33
Each was to bring for his fruit
1,000 pieces of silver. # Is 7:23
12I have my own vineyard. # Lit My vineyard, which is mine, is before me ; Sg 1:6 # Sg 1:6
The 1,000 are for you, Solomon,
but 200 for those who guard its fruits.
13You # In Hb, the word for You is feminine. who dwell in the gardens —
companions # Sg 1:7 are listening for your voice —
let me hear you! # Sg 2:14
14Hurry to me, my love,
and be like a gazelle
or a young stag
on the mountains of spices. # Sg 2:17