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The Song of Songs, or Song of Solomon, is traditionally attributed to King Solomon, but may have actually been written between 500 to 300 B.C.E

The title is newer than the text. Jewish tradition interprets the explicit love poetry as an expression of God's love for the Jewish people. In modern times it is understood by many to be simply a love poem. Consistent with replacement theology or supersessionism (see  Christian Zionism)  Christians traditionally interpret the Song of Songs as an expression of Christ's love for the Church. Many of the verses have become popular songs in modern Israel. In medieval times, many parts of the Song of Songs were amalgamated into the cult of Mary and were used in the "Hours." The woodcut at right shows an illustration used in such horae. See Song of Songs: Cult of Mary Song of Songs: Mariolatry

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Song of Songs Chapter  8

SONG OF SONGS 8:1 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.

SONG OF SONGS 8:2 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 of my pomegranate.

SONG OF SONGS 8:3 His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should embrace me.

SONG OF SONGS 8:4 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, until he please.

SONG OF SONGS 8:5 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.

SONG OF SONGS 8:6 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.

SONG OF SONGS 8:7 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.

SONG OF SONGS 8:8 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?

SONG OF SONGS 8:9 If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she be a door, we will inclose her with boards of cedar.

SONG OF SONGS 8:10 I am a wall, and my breasts like towers: then was I in his eyes as one that found favour.

SONG OF SONGS 8:11 Solomon had a vineyard at Baalhamon; he let out the vineyard unto keepers; every one for the fruit thereof was to bring a thousand pieces of silver.

SONG OF SONGS 8:12 My vineyard, which is mine, is before me: thou, O Solomon, must have a thousand, and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred.

SONG OF SONGS 8:13 Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear it.

SONG OF SONGS 8:14 Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of spices.


The interpretations below are taken from the 1599 edition of the Geneva Bible (see History of the King James Version) which preceded the King James Version. They reflect Christian theology, and also show us the differences between the King James Version and the Geneva Bible.

8:1 O {a} that thou [wert] as my brother, that was nourished at the breasts of my mother! [when] I should find thee outside, I would kiss thee; yea, I should not be despised.
(a) The Church called of the Gentiles speaks thus to the Church of Jerusalem.

8:3 {b} His left hand [should be] under my head, and his right hand should embrace me.
(b) Read
8:4 {c} I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not, nor awake [my] love, until he please.
(c) Read
8:6 {d} Set me as a seal upon thy heart, as a seal upon thy arm: for love [is] strong as death; jealousy [is] cruel as the grave: the coals of it [are] coals of fire, [which hath a]
most vehement flame.
(d) The spouse desires Christ to be joined in perpetual love with him.

8:8 {e} 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?
(e) The Jewish Church speaks this of the Church of the Gentiles.

8:9 {f} If she [is] a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she [is] a door, we will inclose her with boards of cedar.
(f) If she is sure and fast, she is fit for her husband to dwell in.

8:10 {g} I [am] a wall, and my breasts like towers: then was I in his eyes as one that found favour.
(g) The Church promises fidelity and constancy.

8:11 {h} Solomon had a vineyard at Baalhamon; he let out the vineyard to keepers; every one for the fruit of it was to bring a thousand [pieces] of silver.
(h) This is the vineyard of the Lord hired out, Mt 21:33.

8:13 Thou that dwellest in the {i} gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear [it].
(i) Christ dwells in his Church, whose voice the faithful hear.

8:14 {k} Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of spices.
(k) The Church desires Christ that if he depart from them, yet he would haste to help them in their troubles.

 


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