The final chapter of Song of Solomon opens with the woman wishing for her beloved to be like her brother, highlighting the societal constraints on their love. She reminisces about her childhood and her deep connection with her beloved from a young age. The chapter then moves to a declaration about the power and unyielding nature of love, comparing it to the most potent forces like death and unquenchable fire. The lovers acknowledge the challenges and opposition they face, yet they affirm the strength and resilience of their love. The woman's brothers discuss how to protect and care for her, symbolizing the concern for her well-being and honor. The book concludes with the woman asking her beloved to hurry to her, reflecting the eager and passionate nature of their love. The imagery of vineyards and gardens recurs, symbolizing the fertile and flourishing nature of their relationship. The chapter, and thereby the book, ends on a note of longing and anticipation, with the lovers' desire for each other remaining strong and undiminished. This chapter, thus, beautifully encapsulates the themes of love's power, endurance, and the joy and challenges it brings, offering a timeless reflection on the nature of romantic love.

Song of Solomon 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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

End of Song of Solomon 8

1 Year Plan:  Sept 5 - Sos 7, Sos 8,  Ps 102

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