Song of Solomon 8:1
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New International Version
If only you were to me like a brother, who was nursed at my mother's breasts! Then, if I found you outside, I would kiss you, and no one would despise me.

New Living Translation
Oh, I wish you were my brother, who nursed at my mother's breasts. Then I could kiss you no matter who was watching, and no one would criticize me.

English Standard Version
Oh that you were like a brother to me who nursed at my mother’s breasts! If I found you outside, I would kiss you, and none would despise me.

New American Standard Bible
"Oh that you were like a brother to me Who nursed at my mother's breasts. If I found you outdoors, I would kiss you; No one would despise me, either.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If only I could treat you like my brother, one who nursed at my mother's breasts, I would find you in public and kiss you, and no one would scorn me.

International Standard Version
If only you were like a brother to me, like one who nursed at my mother's breasts. If I found you outside I would kiss you, and no one would view me with contempt.

NET Bible
Oh, how I wish you were my little brother, nursing at my mother's breasts; if I saw you outside, I could kiss you--surely no one would despise me!

New Heart English Bible
Oh that you were like my brother, who sucked the breasts of my mother. If I found you outside, I would kiss you; yes, and no one would despise me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If only you were my brother, one who nursed at my mother's breasts. If I saw you on the street, I would kiss you, and no one would look down on me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
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.

New American Standard 1977
“Oh that you were like a brother to me
            Who nursed at my mother’s breasts.
            If I found you outdoors, I would kiss you;
            No one would despise me, either.

Jubilee Bible 2000
O that thou wert as my brother, that sucked the breasts of my mother! when I should find thee without, I would kiss thee; and I should not be despised.

King James 2000 Bible
O that you were as my brother, that nursed at the breasts of my mother! if I should find you outside, I would kiss you; yea, I would not be despised.

American King James Version
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
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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who shall give thee to me for my brother, sucking the breasts of my mother, that I may find thee without, and kiss thee, and now no man may despise me?

Darby Bible Translation
Oh that thou wert as my brother, That sucked the breasts of my mother! Should I find thee without, I would kiss thee; And they would not despise me.

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
O that thou wert as my brother, that was nourished at the breasts of my mother! when I should find thee without, I would kiss thee; yes, I should not be despised.

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.

Young's Literal Translation
Who doth make thee as a brother to me, Sucking the breasts of my mother? I find thee without, I kiss thee, Yea, they do not despise me,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
8:1-4 The church wishes for the constant intimacy and freedom with the Lord Jesus that a sister has with a brother. That they might be as his brethren, which they are, when by grace they are made partakers of a Divine nature. Christ is become as our Brother; wherever we find him, let us be ready to own our relation to him, and affection for him, and not fear being despised for it. Is there in us an ardent wish to serve Christ more and better? What then have we laid up in store, to show our affection to the Beloved of our souls? What fruit unto holiness? The church charges all her children that they never provoke Christ to withdraw. We should reason with ourselves, when tempted to do what would grieve the Spirit.
Study Bible
Longing for Her Beloved
1"Oh that you were like a brother to me Who nursed at my mother's breasts. If I found you outdoors, I would kiss you; No one would despise me, either. 2"I would lead you and bring you Into the house of my mother, who used to instruct me; I would give you spiced wine to drink from the juice of my pomegranates.…
Cross References
Song of Solomon 7:13
"The mandrakes have given forth fragrance; And over our doors are all choice fruits, Both new and old, Which I have saved up for you, my beloved.

Song of Solomon 8:2
"I would lead you and bring you Into the house of my mother, who used to instruct me; I would give you spiced wine to drink from the juice of my pomegranates.
Treasury of Scripture

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.

that thou

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin …

Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government …

Haggai 2:7 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall …

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: …

Malachi 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before …

Matthew 13:16,17 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear…

Luke 2:26-32,38 And it was revealed to him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not …

Luke 10:23,24 And he turned him to his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are …

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was …

1 Timothy 2:11,12 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection…

sucked

Isaiah 66:11,12 That you may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; …

Galatians 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

find thee

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us, (and we beheld his glory…

John 3:13 And no man has ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from …

John 8:42 Jesus said to them, If God were your Father, you would love me: for …

John 13:3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, …

John 16:28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, …

Hebrews 2:9-14 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for …

Hebrews 9:26-28 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world…

I would

Songs 1:2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for your love is better than wine.

Psalm 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish from the way, when …

Psalm 45:10,11 Listen, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear; forget also …

Luke 7:45-48 You gave me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in has …

Luke 9:26 For whoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall …

Luke 12:8 Also I say to you, Whoever shall confess me before men, him shall …

John 7:46-52 The officers answered, Never man spoke like this man…

John 9:25-38 He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one …

Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord …

Philippians 3:3,7,8 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and …

yea

Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite …

Psalm 102:16,17 When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory…

Mark 12:42-44 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, …

Mark 14:6-9 And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble you her? she has worked …

I should not be despised

Isaiah 60:14 The sons also of them that afflicted you shall come bending to you…

Luke 10:16 He that hears you hears me; and he that despises you despises me; …

Luke 18:9 And he spoke this parable to certain which trusted in themselves …

1 Corinthians 1:28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, has …

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