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Song of Songs 8

Young Woman
 1  Oh, I wish you were my brother,
  who nursed at my mother's breasts.
Then I could kiss you no matter who was watching,
  and no one would criticize me.
 2  I would bring you to my childhood home,
  and there you would teach me. [2] 
I would give you spiced wine to drink,
  my sweet pomegranate wine.
 3  Your left arm would be under my head,
  and your right arm would embrace me.

 4  Promise me, O women of Jerusalem,
  not to awaken love until the time is right. [4] 

Young Women of Jerusalem
 5  Who is this sweeping in from the desert,
  leaning on her lover?

Young Woman
I aroused you under the apple tree,
  where your mother gave you birth,
  where in great pain she delivered you.
 6  Place me like a seal over your heart,
  like a seal on your arm.
For love is as strong as death,
  its jealousy [6]  as enduring as the grave. [6] 
Love flashes like fire,
  the brightest kind of flame.
 7  Many waters cannot quench love, nor can rivers drown it. If a man tried to buy love with all his wealth, his offer would be utterly scorned. The Young Woman's Brothers
 8  We have a little sister
  too young to have breasts.
What will we do for our sister
  if someone asks to marry her?
 9  If she is a virgin, like a wall,
  we will protect her with a silver tower.
But if she is promiscuous, like a swinging door,
  we will block her door with a cedar bar.

Young Woman
 10  I was a virgin, like a wall;
  now my breasts are like towers.
When my lover looks at me,
  he is delighted with what he sees.

 11  Solomon has a vineyard at Baal-hamon,
  which he leases out to tenant farmers.
Each of them pays a thousand pieces of silver [11] 
  for harvesting its fruit.
 12  But my vineyard is mine to give,
  and Solomon need not pay a thousand pieces of silver.
But I will give two hundred pieces
  to those who care for its vines.

Young Man
 13  O my darling, lingering in the gardens,
  your companions are fortunate to hear your voice.
  Let me hear it, too!

Young Woman
 14  Come away, my love! Be like a gazelle
  or a young stag on the mountains of spices.
<<  8:2 Or there she will teach me; or there she bore me.
<<  8:4 Or not to awaken love until it is ready.
<<  8:6a Or its passion. 8:6b Hebrew as Sheol.
<<  8:11 Hebrew 1,000 shekels of silver.