Song of Solomon 8:9
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New International Version
If she is a wall, we will build towers of silver on her. If she is a door, we will enclose her with panels of cedar.

New Living Translation
If she is a virgin, like a wall, we will protect her with a silver tower. But if she is promiscuous, like a swinging door, we will block her door with a cedar bar.

English Standard Version
If she is a wall, we will build on her a battlement of silver, but if she is a door, we will enclose her with boards of cedar.

New American Standard Bible
"If she is a wall, We will build on her a battlement of silver; But if she is a door, We will barricade her with planks of cedar."

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If she is a wall, we will build a silver parapet on it. If she is a door, we will enclose it with cedar planks. W

International Standard Version
If she's a wall, on her we will build a battlement of silver. If she's a door, we will enclose her with planks of cedar.

NET Bible
If she is a wall, we will build on her a battlement of silver; but if she is a door, we will barricade her with boards of cedar.

New Heart English Bible
If she is a wall, we will build on her a turret of silver. If she is a door, we will enclose her with boards of cedar.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If she is a wall, we will build a silver barrier around her. If she is a door, we will barricade her with cedar boards.

JPS Tanakh 1917
If she be a wall, We will build upon her a turret of silver; And if she be a door, We will enclose her with boards of cedar.

New American Standard 1977
“If she is a wall,
            We shall build on her a battlement of silver;
            But if she is a door,
            We shall barricade her with planks of cedar.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
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.

King James 2000 Bible
If she is a wall, we will build upon her towers of silver: and if she is a door, we will enclose her with boards of cedar.

American King James Version
If she be a wall, we will build on her a palace of silver: and if she be a door, we will enclose her with boards of cedar.

American Standard Version
If she be a wall, We will build upon her a turret of silver: And if she be a door, We will inclose her with boards of cedar.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If she be a wall: let us build upon it bulwarks of silver: if she be a door, let us join it together with boards or cedar.

Darby Bible Translation
If she be a wall, We will build upon her a turret of silver; And if she be a door, We will enclose her with boards of cedar.

English Revised Version
If she be a wall, we will build upon her a turret of silver: and if she be a door, we will enclose her with boards of cedar.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

World English Bible
If she is a wall, we will build on her a turret of silver. if she is a door, we will enclose her with boards of cedar. Beloved

Young's Literal Translation
If she is a wall, we build by her a palace of silver. And if she is a door, We fashion by her board-work of cedar.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
8:8-12 The church pleads for the Gentiles, who then had not the word of God, nor the means of grace. Those who are brought to Christ themselves, should contrive what they may do to help others to him. Babes in Christ are always seen among Christians, and the welfare of their weak brethren is an object of continual prayer with the stronger believers. If the beginning of this work were likened to a wall built upon Him the precious Foundation and Corner-stone, then the Gentile church would become as a palace for the great King, built of solid silver. If the first preaching of the gospel were as the making a door through the wall of partition, that door should be lasting, as cased with boards of durable cedar. She shall be carefully and effectually protected, enclosed so as to receive no damage. The church is full of care for those yet uncalled. Christ says, I will do all that is necessary to be done for them. See with what satisfaction we should look back upon the times and seasons, when we were in his eyes as those that find favour. Our hearts are our vineyards, which we must keep with all diligence. To Christ, and to his praise, all our fruits must be dedicated. All that work for Christ, work for themselves, and shall be unspeakable gainers by it.
Study Bible
The Friends
8"We have a little sister, And she has no breasts; What shall we do for our sister On the day when she is spoken for? 9"If she is a wall, We will build on her a battlement of silver; But if she is a door, We will barricade her with planks of cedar." 10"I was a wall, and my breasts were like towers; Then I became in his eyes as one who finds peace.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 22:8
"When you build a new house, you shall make a parapet for your roof, so that you will not bring bloodguilt on your house if anyone falls from it.

1 Kings 6:15
Then he built the walls of the house on the inside with boards of cedar; from the floor of the house to the ceiling he overlaid the walls on the inside with wood, and he overlaid the floor of the house with boards of cypress.
Treasury of Scripture

If she be a wall, we will build on her a palace of silver: and if she be a door, we will enclose her with boards of cedar.

a wall

Songs 2:9 My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he stands behind …

Revelation 21:12-19 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates …

we will

Isaiah 58:12 And they that shall be of you shall build the old waste places: you …

Isaiah 60:17 For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and …

Isaiah 61:4 And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former …

Zechariah 6:12-15 And speak to him, saying, Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying, …

Matthew 16:18 And I say also to you, That you are Peter, and on this rock I will …

Acts 15:16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of …

1 Corinthians 3:10-12 According to the grace of God which is given to me, as a wise master …

Ephesians 2:20-22 And are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus …

a door

Acts 14:27 And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they …

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