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Song of Solomon 8American Standard Version (ASV)

Oh that thou wert as my brother,
That sucked the breasts of my mother!
When I should find thee without, I would kiss thee;
Yea, and none would despise me.
I would lead thee, and bring thee into my mother’s house,
[a]Who would instruct me;
I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine,
Of the [b]juice of my pomegranate.
His left hand should be under my head,
And his right hand should embrace me.

I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
[c]That ye stir not up, nor awake my love,
Until [d]he please.

Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness,
Leaning upon her beloved?

Under the apple-tree I awakened thee:
There thy mother was in travail with thee,
There was she in travail [e]that brought thee forth.

Set me as a seal upon thy heart,
As a seal upon thine arm:
For love is strong as death;
Jealousy is [f]cruel as Sheol;
The flashes thereof are flashes of fire,
[g]A very flame of [h]Jehovah.
Many waters cannot quench love,
Neither can floods drown it:
If a man would give all the substance of his house for love,
[i]He would utterly be contemned.

We have a little sister,
And she hath no breasts:
What shall we do for our sister
In the day when she shall be spoken for?

If she be a wall,
We will build upon her [j]a turret of silver:
And if she be a door,
We will inclose her with boards of cedar.

10 I [k]am a wall, and my breasts like the towers thereof
Then was I in his eyes as one that found peace.
11 Solomon had a vineyard at Baal-hamon;
He let out the vineyard unto keepers;
Every one for the fruit thereof was to bring a thousand pieces of silver.
12 My vineyard, which is mine, is before me:
Thou, O Solomon, shalt have the thousand,
And those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred.

13 Thou that dwellest in the gardens,
The companions hearken [l]for thy voice:
Cause me to hear it.

14 [m]Make haste, my beloved,
And be thou like to a [n]roe or to a young hart
Upon the mountains of spices.

Footnotes:

  1. Song of Solomon 8:2 Or, That thou mightest
  2. Song of Solomon 8:2 Or, sweet wine
  3. Song of Solomon 8:4 Hebrew Why should ye stir up? or why etc.
  4. Song of Solomon 8:4 Or, it. Or, she
  5. Song of Solomon 8:5 Or, and
  6. Song of Solomon 8:6 Hebrew hard.
  7. Song of Solomon 8:6 Or, A most vehement flame
  8. Song of Solomon 8:6 Hebrew Jah.
  9. Song of Solomon 8:7 Or, It
  10. Song of Solomon 8:9 Or, battlements
  11. Song of Solomon 8:10 Or, was
  12. Song of Solomon 8:13 Or, to
  13. Song of Solomon 8:14 Hebrew Flee.
  14. Song of Solomon 8:14 Or, gazelle
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