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Song Of Solomon 8:1

    Song of Solomon 8:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    O that you were as my brother, that sucked the breasts of my mother! when I should find you without, I would kiss you; yes, I should not be despised.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Oh that thou wert as my brother, That sucked the breasts of my mother! When I should find thee without, I would kiss thee; Yea, and none would despise me.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Oh that you were my brother, who took milk from my mother's breasts! When I came to you in the street, I would give you kisses; yes, I would not be looked down on.

    Webster's Revision

    Oh that thou wert as my brother, That sucked the breasts of my mother! When I should find thee without, I would kiss thee; Yea, and none would despise me.

    World English Bible

    Oh that you were like my brother, who nursed from the breasts of my mother! If I found you outside, I would kiss you; yes, and no one would despise me.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Oh that thou wert as my brother, that sucked the breasts of my mother! when I should find thee without, I would kiss thee; yea, and none would despise me.

    Definitions for Song of Solomon 8:1

    Wert - Were; was.
    Without - Outside.
    Yea - Yes; certainly.

    Clarke's Commentary on Song of Solomon 8:1

    O that thou wert as my brother - The bride, fearing that her fondness for her spouse might be construed into too great a familiarity, wishes that he were her little brother; and then she might treat him in the most affectionate manner, and kiss him even in the streets without suspicion, and without giving offense to any one.

    Barnes' Notes on Song of Solomon 8:1

    Royal rank and splendor are grown wearisome. The king once called her "sister" and "sister-bride." Would he were indeed as a "brother," her mother's own child whom she might meet, embrace, and welcome everywhere without restraint or shame. Her love for him is simple, sacred, pure, free from the unrest and the stains of mere earthly passion.

    Wesley's Notes on Song of Solomon 8:1

    8:1 O that - The church here expresses her desire of a stricter union, and closer communion with Christ. Without - In the open streets.