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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Song of Solomon 8:1-14

8  “O that you were like a brother of mine,+ sucking the breasts of my mother!+ Should I find you outside, I would kiss you.+ People would not even despise me.  I would lead you, I would bring you into the house of my mother,+ who used to teach me. I would give you a drink of spiced wine,+ the fresh juice of pomegranates.  His left hand would be under my head; and his right hand—it would embrace me.+  “I have put YOU under oath, O daughters of Jerusalem, that YOU try not to awaken or arouse love [in me] until it feels inclined.”+  “Who is this woman+ coming up from the wilderness,+ leaning upon her dear one?”+ “Under the apple tree I aroused you.* There your mother was in birth pangs with you. There she that was giving birth to you experienced birth pangs.+  “Place me as a seal upon your* heart,+ as a seal upon your arm; because love is as strong as death is,+ insistence on exclusive devotion+ is as unyielding as She′ol* is. Its blazings are the blazings of a fire, the flame of Jah.*+  Many waters themselves are not able to extinguish love,+ nor can rivers themselves wash it away.+ If a man* would give all the valuable things of his house for love, persons would positively despise them.”*  “We have a little sister+ that does not have any breasts. What shall we do for our sister on the day that she will be spoken for?”  “If she should be a wall,+ we shall build upon her a battlement of silver; but if she should be a door,+ we shall block her up with a cedar plank.” 10  “I am a wall, and my breasts are like towers.+ In this case I have become in his eyes like her that is finding peace. 11  “There was a vineyard+ that Sol′o·mon happened to have in Ba′al-ha′mon. He gave the vineyard over to the keepers.+ Each one would bring in for its fruitage a thousand silver pieces.* 12  “My vineyard, which belongs to me, is at my disposal.* The thousand belong to you, O Sol′o·mon, and two hundred to those keeping its fruitage.” 13  “O you who are dwelling in the gardens,+ the partners are paying attention to your* voice. Let me hear it.”+ 14  “Run away, my dear one, and make yourself* like a gazelle or like a young one of the stags upon the mountains of spices.”+


“You,” masc.
“Your,” masc.
“As Sheol.” Heb., khish·ʼohl′; Gr., hai′des; Lat., in′fer·us. See App 4B.
“Jah.” This is the only place in The Song of Solomon where the divine name occurs, here in abbreviated form. See Gins.Int, pp. 386, 387; Ps 68:4 ftn; App 1A.
“Man.” Heb., ʼish.
Or, “him.”
Or, “a thousand pieces of money.”
Lit., “is before me.”
“You,” and “your,” both fem.
“Yourself,” masc. Compare 2:8, 9, 16, 17.