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.
5Who is this coming up from the wilderness
leaning on her beloved?
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.
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.
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.
13You who dwell in the gardens
with friends in attendance,
let me hear your voice!
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