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Chapter 8

This chapter begins with an ardent wish of the church, for a free and intimate converse with Christ; declaring what she would do to him. and, for him, should she have an interview with him, verse 1. 2. what familiarity should be between them, verse 3, charging the daughters of Jerusalem not to give him any disturbance, verse 4. Upon which they inquire who she was, that was in such a posture as they saw her in, verse 5, when the church, instead of giving them an answer, says some things concerning her beloved, on whom they saw her leaning; and makes some requests to him, for more nearness to him, and manifestations of his love to her; urged from the strength of her love and affections to him, which were invincible, Song of Solomon 5:6,7. Next follows a speech of the church about her little sister: expressing a concern for her, and what she would do to her, and with her, verse 8,9, and the answer of the little sister, declaring what she was, and what she enjoyed, verse 10, then the words of the church again, concerning her husband’s vineyard, the place, keepers, and profits of it, verse 11, 12. And the chapter, and with it the Song, is concluded with a request of Christ to the church, that he might hear her voice, verse 13, and with a petition of hers to him, that he would come quickly to her, verse 14.

Verse 1.

O that thou wert as my brother, that sucked the breasts of my
mother, when I should find thee without, I would kiss thee: yea, I
should not be despised.

Verse 2.

I would lead thee and bring thee into my mother’s house, who
would instruct me: I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine, of
the juice oaf my pomegranate.

Verse 3.

His left hand should be under my head,
and his right hand should embrace me.

Verse 4.

I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
that ye stir not up, nor awake my love until he please.

Verse 5.

(Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her
beloved?) I raised thee up under the apple-tree; there thy mother
brought thee forth, there she brought thee forth that bare thee.

Verse 6.

Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love
is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof
are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.

Verse 7.

Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if
a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would
utterly be contemned.

Verse 8.

We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts:
What shall we do for our sister, in the day when she shall be spoken for ?

Verse 9.

If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver:
and if she be a door, we will enclose her with boards of cedar.

Verse 10.

I am a wall, and my breasts like towers:
then was I in his eyes as one that found favor.

Verse 11.

Solomon had a vineyard at Baal-hamon; he let out the vineyard
unto keepers: every one for the fruit thereof was to bring a
thousand pieces of silver.

Verse 12.

My vineyard, which is mine, is before me: thou, O Solomon, must
have a thousand, and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred.

Verse 13.

Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken
to thy voice: cause me to hear it.

Verse 14.

Make haste, my beloved and be thou like to a roe or
to a young hart, upon the mountains of spices.

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