8
1If only you were to me like a brother,
who was nursed at my mother’s breasts!
Then, if I found you outside,
I would kiss you,
and no one would despise me.
2I would lead you
and bring you to my mother’s house –
she who has taught me.
I would give you spiced wine to drink,
the nectar of my pomegranates.
3His left arm is under my head
and his right arm embraces me.
4Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you:
do not arouse or awaken love
until it so desires.
Friends
5Who is this coming up from the wilderness
leaning on her beloved?
She
Under the apple tree I roused you;
there your mother conceived you,
there she who was in labour gave you birth.
6Place me like a seal over your heart,
like a seal on your arm;
for love is as strong as death,
its jealousy# unyielding as the grave.
It burns like blazing fire,
like a mighty flame.#
7Many waters cannot quench love;
rivers cannot sweep it away.
If one were to give
all the wealth of one’s house for love,
it# would be utterly scorned.
Friends
8We have a little sister,
and her breasts are not yet grown.
What shall we do for our sister
on the day she is spoken for?
9If she is a wall,
we will build towers of silver on her.
If she is a door,
we will enclose her with panels of cedar.
She
10I am a wall,
and my breasts are like towers.
Thus I have become in his eyes
like one bringing contentment.
11Solomon had a vineyard in Baal Hamon;
he let out his vineyard to tenants.
Each was to bring for its fruit
a thousand shekels# of silver.
12But my own vineyard is mine to give;
the thousand shekels are for you, Solomon,
and two hundred# are for those who tend its fruit.
He
13You who dwell in the gardens
with friends in attendance,
let me hear your voice!
She
14Come away, my beloved,
and be like a gazelle
or like a young stag
on the spice-laden mountains.
Footnotes for the Book of Song of Songs
a 1 Or He
b 1 Probably a member of the crocus family
c 3 Or possibly apricot; also in 8:5
d 17 Or the hills of Bether
a 4 The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
b 15 Or I am (spoken by She)
a 12 Or among the chariots of Amminadab; or among the chariots of the people of the prince
b 13 In Hebrew texts this verse 6:13 is numbered 7:1.
a 6 Or ardour
b 6 Or fire, / like the very flame of the Lord
c 7 Or he
d 11 That is, about 12 kilograms; also in verse 12
e 12 That is, about 2.3 kilograms
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