Parallel Verses

Darby 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.

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 Version

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 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.

A Conservative Version

Oh that thou were as my brother, who sucked the breasts of my mother! [When] I should find thee outside, I would kiss thee. Yes, and none would despise me.

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.

Amplified

[Looking forward to the shepherd's arrival, the eager girl pictures their meeting and says] Oh, that you were like my brother, who nursed from the breasts of my mother! If I should find you without, I would kiss you, yes, and none would despise me [for it].

Bible in Basic English

Oh that you were my brother, who took milk from my mother's breasts! When I came to you in the street, I would give you kisses; yes, I would not be looked down on.

Jubilee 2000 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; and I should not be despised.

Julia Smith Translation

Who will give thee as a brother to me, sucking the breasts of my mother? I shall find thee without, I shall kiss thee; also they shall not despise me.

King James 2000

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.

Lexham Expanded Bible

{How I wish that you were my little brother}, [who] nursed {upon my mother's breasts}! [If] {I met you outside}, I would kiss you, {and no one would despise me}!

Modern King James verseion

Who could give You to me as my brother, who sucked my mother's breasts? When I find You outside, I would kiss You; yea, they would not despise me.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

O that I might find thee without, and kiss thee, whom I love as my brother which sucked my mother's breasts: and that thou wouldest not be offended,

NET Bible

The Beloved to Her Lover: 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.

The Emphasized Bible

Oh that thou hadst been a very brother to me, who had sucked the breasts of my own mother, - Had I found thee without, I had kissed thee, Yea, folk would not have despised me!

Webster

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.

Youngs 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,

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
O that
נתן 
Nathan 
Usage: 2011

thou wert as my brother
אח 
'ach 
Usage: 629

ינק 
Yanaq 
Usage: 31

the breasts
שׁד שׁד 
Shad 
Usage: 24

of my mother
אם 
'em 
Usage: 220

מצא 
Matsa' 
Usage: 455

חץ חוּץ 
Chuwts 
Usage: 164

נשׁק 
Nashaq 
Usage: 35

References

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Verse Info

Context Readings

Maiden's Fanciful Wish

1 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. 2 I would lead thee, bring thee into my mother's house; Thou wouldest instruct me: I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine, Of the juice of my pomegranate.



Cross References

Psalm 2:12

Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish in the way, though his anger burn but a little. Blessed are all who have their trust in him.

Psalm 45:10-11

Hearken, daughter, and see, and incline thine ear; and forget thine own people and thy father's house:

Psalm 51:17

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Psalm 102:16-17

When Jehovah shall build up Zion, he will appear in his glory.

Song of Songs 1:2

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth; For thy love is better than wine.

Isaiah 7:14

Therefore will the Lord himself give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and shall bring forth a son, and call his name Immanuel.

Isaiah 9:6

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name is called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 60:14

And the children of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee The city of Jehovah, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 66:11-12

because ye shall suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; because ye shall drink out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.

Haggai 2:7

and I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come; and I will fill this house with glory, saith Jehovah of hosts.

Zechariah 9:9

Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion; shout, daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, thy King cometh to thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly and rIding upon an ass, even upon a colt the foal of an ass.

Malachi 3:1

Behold, I send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me; and the Lord whom ye seek will suddenly come to his temple, and the Angel of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he cometh, saith Jehovah of hosts.

Matthew 13:16-17

But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear;

Mark 12:42-44

And a poor widow came and cast in two mites, which is a farthing.

Mark 14:6-9

But Jesus said, Let her alone; why do ye trouble her? she has wrought a good work as to me;

Luke 2:26-32

And it was divinely communicated to him by the Holy Spirit, that he should not see death before he should see the Lord's Christ.

Luke 2:38

and she coming up the same hour gave praise to the Lord, and spoke of him to all those who waited for redemption in Jerusalem.

Luke 7:45-48

Thou gavest me not a kiss, but she from the time I came in has not ceased kissing my feet.

Luke 9:26

For whosoever shall have been ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of man be ashamed when he shall come in his glory, and in that of the Father, and of the holy angels.

Luke 10:16

He that hears you hears me; and he that rejects you rejects me; and he that rejects me rejects him that sent me.

Luke 10:23-24

And having turned to the disciples privately he said, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see.

Luke 12:8

But I say to you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, the Son of man will confess him also before the angels of God;

Luke 18:9

And he spoke also to some, who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and made nothing of all the rest of men, this parable:

John 1:14

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us (and we have contemplated his glory, a glory as of an only-begotten with a father), full of grace and truth;

John 3:13

And no one has gone up into heaven, save he who came down out of heaven, the Son of man who is in heaven.

John 7:46-52

The officers answered, Never man spoke thus, as this man speaks.

John 8:42

Jesus said to them, If God were your father ye would have loved me, for I came forth from God and am come from him; for neither am I come of myself, but he has sent me.

John 9:25-38

He answered therefore, If he is sinful I know not. One thing I know, that, being blind before, now I see.

John 13:3

Jesus, knowing that the Father had given him all things into his hands, and that he came out from God and was going to God,

John 16:28

I came out from the Father and have come into the world; again, I leave the world and go to the Father.

1 Corinthians 1:28

and the ignoble things of the world, and the despised, has God chosen, and things that are not, that he may annul the things that are;

Galatians 4:26

but the Jerusalem above is free, which is our mother.

Galatians 6:14

But far be it from me to boast save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world.

Philippians 3:3

For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God, and boast in Christ Jesus, and do not trust in flesh.

Philippians 3:7-8

but what things were gain to me these I counted, on account of Christ, loss.

1 Timothy 3:16

And confessedly the mystery of piety is great. God has been manifested in flesh, has been justified in the Spirit, has appeared to angels, has been preached among the nations, has been believed on in the world, has been received up in glory.

Hebrews 2:9-14

but we see Jesus, who was made some little inferior to angels on account of the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; so that by the grace of God he should taste death for every thing.

Hebrews 9:26-28

since he had then been obliged often to suffer from the foundation of the world. But now once in the consummation of the ages he has been manifested for the putting away of sin by his sacrifice.

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