Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.
"I want you to swear, O daughters of Jerusalem, Do not arouse or awaken my love Until she pleases."
"I want you to promise, O women of Jerusalem, not to awaken love until the time is right."
Oh, let me warn you, sisters in Jerusalem: Don't excite love, don't stir it up, until the time is ripe--and you're ready.
I say to you, O daughters of Jerusalem, do not let love be moved till it is ready.
I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, do not stir up or awaken love until it is ready!
I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, Do not stir up nor awaken love Until it pleases.
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1 tn Heb “daughters of Jerusalem.”
2 tn Heb “Why arouse or awaken …?” Although the particle מָה (mah) is used most often as an interrogative pronoun (“What?” “Why?”), it also can be used as a particle of negation. For example, “How (מָה) could I look at a girl?” means “I have not looked at a girl!” (Job 31:1); “What (מַה) do we have to drink?” means “We have nothing to drink” (Exod 15:24); “What (מַה) part do we have?” means “We have no part” (1 Kgs 12:16); and “Why (מַה) arouse or awaken love?” means “Do not arouse or awaken love!” (Song 8:4). See HALOT 551 s.v. מָה C.