|Song 8:1 "Oh, that you were like a brother to me,
Who nursed at the breasts of my mother.
If I found you out of doors, I would kiss you;
No one would blame me or despise me, either. [Ps 143:6]
|Song 8:2 "I would lead you and bring 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.
|Song 8:3 "Let his left hand be under my head
And his right hand embrace me." [Ex 19:4; Deut 33:27]
|Song 8:4 ¶ "I command you to take an oath, O daughters of Jerusalem,
That you do not rouse nor awaken my love
Until she pleases."
|Song 8:5 ¶ "Who is this coming up from the wilderness
Leaning upon her beloved?"
"Under the apple tree I awakened you [to my love];
There your mother was in labor with you,
There she was in labor and gave you birth.
|Song 8:6 ¶ "Put me like a seal on your heart,
Like a seal on your arm;
For love is as strong as death,
Jealousy is as severe and cruel as Sheol (the place of the dead).
Its flashes are flashes of fire,
[A most vehement flame] the very flame of the LORD! [Deut 4:24; Is 49:16; 1 Cor 10:22]
|Song 8:7 "Many waters cannot quench love,
Nor can rivers drown it.
If a man would offer all the riches of his house for love,
It would be utterly scorned and despised."
|Song 8:8 ¶ "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 [in marriage]?
|Song 8:9 "If she is a wall (discreet, womanly),
We will build on her a turret (dowry) of silver;
But if she is a door (bold, flirtatious),
We will enclose her with planks of cedar."
|Song 8:10 ¶ "I was a wall, and my breasts were like the towers.
Then I became in the king's eyes
As one [to be respected and allowed] to find peace.
|Song 8:11 "Solomon had a vineyard at Baal-hamon;
He entrusted the vineyard to caretakers;
Each one was to bring him a thousand shekels of silver for its fruit.
|Song 8:12 "My very own vineyard is at my disposal;
The thousand [shekels of silver] are for you, O Solomon,
And two hundred are for those who tend the fruit."
|Song 8:13 ¶ "O you who sit in the gardens,
My companions are listening for your voice--
Let me hear it."
|Song 8:14 ¶ "Hurry, my beloved and come quickly,
Like a gazelle or a young stag [taking me home]
On the mountains of spices."