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The Geneva Bible Translation Notes, [1599], at

Song of Solomon (Canticles) Chapter 8

Song of Solomon (Canticles) 8:1

sol 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.

Song of Solomon (Canticles) 8:3

sol 8:3

(b) His left hand [should be] under my head, and his right hand should embrace me.

(b) Read (Sol 2:6).

Song of Solomon (Canticles) 8:4

sol 8:4

(c) I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not, nor awake [my] love, until he please.

(c) Read (Sol 3:5).

Song of Solomon (Canticles) 8:6

sol 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.

Song of Solomon (Canticles) 8:8

sol 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.

Song of Solomon (Canticles) 8:9

sol 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.

Song of Solomon (Canticles) 8:10

sol 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.

Song of Solomon (Canticles) 8:11

sol 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, (Mat 21:33).

Song of Solomon (Canticles) 8:13

sol 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.

Song of Solomon (Canticles) 8:14

sol 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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