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Song of Solomon 8Common English Bible (CEB)



If only you were as my brother—
        the one who nursed at my mother’s breast.
I would find you in the street and kiss you,
        and no one would shame me for it.
I would lead you, I would bring you
        to my mother’s house;
        she would teach me what to do.[a]
I would give you spiced wine to drink,
        some of my fresh pomegranate juice.

        His left arm is beneath my head,
        and his right embraces me!

Make a solemn pledge,
        daughters of Jerusalem,
        never to rouse, never to arouse love
        until it desires.

Love, strong and invaluable

[Daughters of Jerusalem]

Who is this coming up from the wilderness
        leaning against her lover?


Under the apple tree I aroused you—
        there, where your mother labored with you,
        there where, laboring, she bore you.
Set me as a seal over your heart,
        as a seal upon your arm,
for love is as strong as death,
        passionate love unrelenting as the grave.[b]
Its darts are darts of fire—
        divine flame!
Rushing waters can’t quench love;
        rivers can’t wash it away.
If someone gave
        all his estate in exchange for love,
        he would be laughed to utter shame.

[The Woman’s Brothers]

Our sister is small;
        she has no breasts.
What will we do for our sister
        on the day that she is spoken for?
If she is a city wall,
        then we will build a turret of silver on her.[c]
And if she is a door,
        then we will barricade her[d] with a panel of cedar.


10 I’m a city wall,
        and my breasts are the towers.
So now I’m in his eyes
        as one who brings peace.


11 Solomon had a vineyard
        in Baal-hamon.
He gave charge of the vineyard to keepers;
        one would bring in exchange for its fruit
            a thousand pieces of silver.
12 My vineyard, my very own, is before me.
You can have the thousand, Solomon[e]
        with two hundred for those who tend the fruit!

13 You who sit in the gardens,
        my companions are listening for your voice.
            Let me hear it!


14 “Take flight, my love,
        and be like a gazelle
        or a young stag
        on the mountains of spice!”


  1. Song of Solomon 8:2 Or you would teach me; LXX, Syr to my mother's house, and to the chamber of the one who conceived me (cf 3:4)
  2. Song of Solomon 8:6 Heb Sheol
  3. Song of Solomon 8:9 Or on it (the city wall)
  4. Song of Solomon 8:9 Or it (the door)
  5. Song of Solomon 8:12 Cf 1 Kgs 11:3
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