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Set me like a seal[a] over your heart,
    like a seal on your arm.
For love is as strong as death,
    passion[b] as intense as Sheol.[c]
The flames of love[d] are flames of fire,
    a blaze that comes from the Lord.[e]
Mighty bodies of water cannot extinguish love,
    rivers cannot put it out.
If a man were to give all the wealth of his house for love,
    he would surely be viewed with contempt.

The Loved One’s Brothers

We[f] have a little sister,
    and she has not yet reached maturity.[g]
What will we do for our sister
    to prepare her for[h] her engagement?[i]

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  1. Song of Solomon 8:6 I.e. a cylinder seal or a signet ring used to indicate ownership or authority
  2. Song of Solomon 8:6 Or jealousy
  3. Song of Solomon 8:6 I.e. the realm of the dead
  4. Song of Solomon 8:6 Lit. its flames
  5. Song of Solomon 8:6 Or an intense blaze
  6. Song of Solomon 8:8 I.e. the bride’s brothers
  7. Song of Solomon 8:8 Lit. has no breasts
  8. Song of Solomon 8:8 Lit. sister on the day when she’s spoken for
  9. Song of Solomon 8:8 Or marriage