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.
His left hand [should be] under my head, and his right hand should embrace me.
(b) Read (Solomon
8:4 c I
charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not, nor awake [my] love,
until he please.
(c) Read (Solomon
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.
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
(g) The Church promises fidelity and constancy.
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, (Matthew
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
8:14 k Make
haste, my beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of
(k) The Church desires Christ that if he depart
from them, yet he would haste to help them in their troubles.