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If only I could treat you like my brother,J

one who nursed at my mother’s breasts,

I would find you in public and kiss you,

and no one would scorn me.

I would lead you, I would take you,

to the house of my motheru who taught me.K

I would give you spiced wine to drink

from the juice of my pomegranate.

May his left hand be under my head,

and his right arm embrace me.v

Young women of Jerusalem, I charge you,

do not stir up or awaken love

until the appropriate time.a

Young Women

Who is thisb coming up from the wilderness,

leaning on the one she loves?


I awakened you under the apricot tree.c

There your mother conceived you;

there she conceived and gave you birth.

Set me as a seal on your heart,

as a seal on your arm.d

For love is as strong as death;e

jealousy is as unrelenting as Sheol.

Love’s flames are fiery flamesf

an almighty flame!A

A huge torrent cannot extinguish love;

rivers cannot sweep it away.

If a man were to give all his wealthB for love,g

it would be utterly scorned.


Our sister is young;

she has no breasts.h

What will we do for our sister

on the day she is spoken for?

If she is a wall,

we will build a silver barricade on her.

If she is a door,

we will enclose her with cedar planks.i


10 I amC a wall

and my breasts like towers.

So to him I have become

like one who findsD peace.E

11 Solomon owned a vineyard in Baal-hamon.j

He leased the vineyard to tenants.k

Each was to bring for his fruit

one thousand pieces of silver.l

12 I have my own vineyard.* m

The one thousand are for you, Solomon,

but two hundred for those who take care of its fruits.


13 YouG who dwell in the gardens,

companionsn are listening for your voice;

let me hear you!o


14 Run away with me,H my love,

and be like a gazelle

or a young stag

on the mountains of spices.p


About Christian Standard Bible

The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a highly trustworthy, faithful translation that is proven to be the optimal blend of accuracy and readability. It’s as literal to the original as possible without sacrificing clarity. The CSB is poised to become the translation that pastors rely on and Bible readers turn to again and again to read and to share with others.

The CSB is an original translation: more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations translated directly from the best available Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic source texts into English. Its source texts are the standard used by scholars and seminaries today.

The CSB is trustworthy: the conservative, evangelical scholars of the CSB affirm the authority of Scripture as the inerrant Word of God and seek the highest level of faithfulness to the original and accuracy in their translation. These scholars and LifeWay, the non-profit ministry that stewards the CSB, also champion the Bible against cultural trends that would compromise its truths.

The CSB is clear: it is as literal a translation of the ancient source texts as possible, but, in the many places throughout Scripture where a word-for-word rendering might obscure the meaning for a modern audience, it uses a more dynamic translation. In all cases, the intent is to convey the original meaning of God’s Word as faithfully and as clearly as possible.


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