SONG OF SOLOMON 8:6

“love is strong as death”

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT

Love is such a powerful thing that it will carry all the way to our grave.

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“Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.”

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Song of Solomon 8:6 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Set שִׂימֵ֨נִי To put (used in a great variety of applications, literal, figurative, inferentially, and elliptically) Set
me as a seal כַֽחוֹתָ֜ם A signature-ring seal
upon עַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications upon
thine heart, לִבֶּ֗ךָ The heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the center of anything thine heart
as a seal כַּֽחוֹתָם֙ A signature-ring seal
upon עַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications upon
thine arm: זְרוֹעֶ֔ךָ The arm (as stretched out), or (of animals) the foreleg; figuratively, force thine arm
for כִּֽי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed for
love אַהֲבָ֔ה Love love
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
strong עַזָּ֤ה Strong, vehement, harsh strong
as death; כַמָּ֙וֶת֙ Death (natural or violent); concretely, the dead, their place or state (hades); figuratively, pestilence, ruin death
jealousy קִנְאָ֑ה Jealousy or envy jealousy
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
cruel קָשָׁ֥ה Severe (in various applications) cruel
as the grave: כִשְׁא֖וֹל Hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranean retreat), including its accessories and inmates grave
the coals רְשָׁפֶ֕יהָ A live coal; by analogy lightning; figuratively, an arrow, (as flashing through the air); specifically, fever coals
thereof coals רִשְׁפֵּ֕י A live coal; by analogy lightning; figuratively, an arrow, (as flashing through the air); specifically, fever thereof coals
are (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
of fire, אֵ֖שׁ Fire (literally or figuratively) fire
which hath (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
a most vehement flame. שַׁלְהֶ֥בֶתְיָֽה׃ A flare of fire most vehement flame

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  • 4  I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, until he please.

  • 5  Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth: there she brought thee forth that bare thee.

  • 6  Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.

  • 7  Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.

  • 8  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?




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