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Jehovah’s Witnesses

Online Bible

NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (2013 REVISION)

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Song of Solomon 8:1-14

OUTLINE OF CONTENTS

  • Young woman (1-4)

    • “If only you were like my brother” (1)

  • Young woman’s brothers (5a)

    • ‘Who is this, leaning upon her dear one?’

  • Young woman (5b-7)

    • “Love is as strong as death is” (6)

  • Young woman’s brothers (8, 9)

    • “If she is a wall, . . . but if she is a door, . . .” (9)

  • Young woman (10-12)

    • “I am a wall” (10)

  • Shepherd (13)

    • ‘Let me hear your voice’

  • Young woman (14)

    • “Be swift like a gazelle”

8  “If only you were like my brother,
Who nursed at my mother’s breasts! Then if I found you outside, I would kiss you,+ And no one would despise me.
2   I would lead you;
I would bring you into the house of my mother,+ She who taught me. I would give you spiced wine to drink,
The fresh juice of pomegranates.
3   His left hand would be under my head,
And his right hand would embrace me.+
4   I put you under oath, O daughters of Jerusalem: Do not try to awaken or arouse love in me until it feels inclined.”+ 5   “Who is this coming up from the wilderness,
Leaning upon her dear one?” “Under the apple tree I awakened you. There your mother was in labor with you. There she who gave birth to you was in labor.
6   Place me as a seal upon your heart,
As a seal upon your arm,
For love is as strong as death is,+ And exclusive devotion is as unyielding as the Grave.* Its flames are a blazing fire, the flame of Jah.*+
7   Surging waters cannot extinguish love,+ Nor can rivers wash it away.+ If a man would offer all the wealth of his house for love,
It* would be utterly despised.”
8   “We have a little sister,+ And she has no breasts. What will we do for our sister
On the day when she is spoken for?”
9   “If she is a wall,
We will build upon her a battlement of silver,
But if she is a door,
We will board her up with a cedar plank.”
10  “I am a wall,
And my breasts are like towers. So in his eyes I have become
As one who finds peace.
11  Sol′o·mon had a vineyard+ in Ba′al-ha′mon. He entrusted the vineyard to caretakers. Each one would bring in a thousand pieces of silver for its fruit. 12  I have my own vineyard at my disposal. The thousand pieces of silver* belong to you, O Sol′o·mon,
And two hundred to those who care for its fruit.”
13  “O you who are dwelling in the gardens,+ The companions listen for your voice. Let me hear it.”+ 14  “Hurry, my dear one,
And be swift like a gazelle+ Or a young stag
Upon the mountains of spices.”

Footnotes

Or “Sheol,” that is, the common grave of mankind. See Glossary.
“Jah” is a shortened form of the name Jehovah.
Or possibly, “He.”
Lit., “The thousand.”