Song of Solomon 8New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Lovers Speak
8 “Oh that you were like a brother to me Who nursed at my mother’s breasts. If I found you outdoors, I would kiss you; No one would despise me, either. 2 “I would lead you andbring you Into the house of my mother, who used to instruct me; I would give you spiced wine to drink from the juice of my pomegranates. 3 “Let his left hand be under my head And his right hand embrace me.”
4 “[a]I want you to swear, O daughters of Jerusalem, [b]Do not arouse or awaken my love Until [c]she pleases.”
5 “[d]Who is this coming up from the wilderness Leaning on her beloved?”
“[e]Beneath the [f]apple tree I awakened you; There your mother was in labor with you, There she was in labor and gave you birth. 6 “Put me like a [g]seal over your heart, Like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death, [h]Jealousy is as severe as Sheol; Its flashes are flashes of fire, [i]The very flame of the Lord. 7 “Many waters cannot quench love, Nor will rivers overflow it; If a man were to give all the riches of his house for love, It would be utterly despised.”
8 “[j]We have a little sister, And she has no breasts; What shall we do for our sister On the day when she is spoken for? 9 “If she is a wall, We will build on her a battlement of silver; But if she is a door, We will barricade her with planks of cedar.”
10 “[k]I was a wall, and my breasts were like towers; Then I became in his eyes as one who finds peace. 11 “Solomon had a vineyard at Baal-hamon; He entrusted the vineyard to caretakers. Each one was to bring a thousand shekels of silver for its fruit. 12 “My very own vineyard is [l]at my disposal; The thousand shekels are for you, Solomon, And two hundred are for those who take care of its fruit.”
13 “[m]O you who sit in the gardens, Mycompanions are listening for your voice— Let me hear it!”
14 “[n][o]Hurry, my beloved, And be like a gazelle or a young [p]stag On the mountains of spices.”
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