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Song Of Solomon 8:8

    Song of Solomon 8:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    We have a little sister, and she has no breasts: what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    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?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    We have a young sister, and she has no breasts; what are we to do for our sister in the day when she is given to a man?

    Webster's Revision

    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?

    World English Bible

    We have a little sister. She has no breasts. What shall we do for our sister in the day when she is to be spoken for?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    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?

    Clarke's Commentary on Song of Solomon 8:8

    We have a little sister - This young girl belonged most probably to the bride.

    She hath no breasts - She is not yet marriageable.

    What shall we do for our sister - How shall we secure her comfort and welfare?

    In the day when she shall be spoken for? - When any person shall demand her in marriage.

    Barnes' Notes on Song of Solomon 8:8

    A brief dialogue commencing with a question and answer probably made by brothers of the bride concerning a younger sister who will soon be old enough to be asked in marriage. The answer is given in the form of a parable: "If she be a wall," i. e., stedfast in chastity and virtue, one on whom no light advances can be made, then let us honor and reward her. This fortress-wall shall be crowned as it were with a tower or battlement of silver. But "if she be a door," light-minded and accessible to seduction Proverbs 7:11-12, then let us provide against assailants the protection of a cedar bar or panel.

    Wesley's Notes on Song of Solomon 8:8

    8:8 We - These are still the words of the bride. The present church, which was that of the Jews, speaks of a future church, which was to consist of the Gentiles, which she calls little, because she was the younger sister, and then scarce had a being; and she calls her sister to intimate that the Gentile - church should be admitted to the same privileges with the Jews. She hath - No grown and full breasts, as virgin have when they are ripe for marriage, Ezek 16:7. This signifies the present state of the Gentiles, which as yet were not grown up, and wanted the milk or food of life, as for itself, so also for its members. When spoken for - In order to her marriage. How shall we supply that defect?