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8:6 seal. This “seal” is a signet made of metal or stone and worn on a necklace over the heart or on an arm band (Gen. 38:18).
strong as death. Love is as strong as the most powerful, negative human experience. This phrase marks the beginning of a short “hymn to love” spoken by the bride.
jealousy. In parallel with “love” here, “jealousy” is positive zeal, like the jealousy of God (Ex. 20:5; John 2:17). Like God’s love, the love being celebrated tolerates no rivals.