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The Shulamite Bride

8–10 My brothers said to me when I was young,
“Our sister is so immature.
What will we do to guard her for her wedding day?”

The Bridegroom-King

We will build a tower of redemption to protect her.
Since she is vulnerable,
we will enclose her with a wall of cedar boards.

The Shulamite Bride

But now I have grown and become a bride,
and my love for him has made me
a tower of passion and contentment for my beloved.
I am now a firm wall of protection for others,
guarding them from harm.
This is how he sees me—I am the one who brings him bliss,
finding favor in his eyes.
11 My bridegroom-king has a vineyard of love
made from a multitude of followers.[a]
His caretakers of this vineyard
have given my beloved their best.
12 But as for my own vineyard of love,
I give it all to you forever.
And I will give double honor
to those who serve my beloved
and have watched over my soul.

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  1. Song of Songs 8:11 The Hebrew text literally means “Solomon had a vineyard at Baal-Hamon.” The king’s vineyard is a picture of the church, the called-out multitude of those who follow Jesus. Baal-Hamon can be translated “lord of a multitude,” “lord of an uproar,” or “lord of wealth.”

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