The Song of Songs 8:8

NET ©

The Beloved’s Brothers: We have a little sister, and as yet she has no breasts. What shall we do for our sister on the day when she is spoken for?

NIV ©

We have a young sister, and her breasts are not yet grown. What shall we do for our sister for the day she is spoken for?

NASB ©

"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?

NLT ©

The Young Woman’s Brothers: "We have a little sister too young for breasts. What will we do if someone asks to marry her?

MSG ©

My brothers used to worry about me: "Our little sister has no breasts. What shall we do with our little sister when men come asking for her?

BBE ©

We have a young sister, and she has no breasts; what are we to do for our sister in the day when she is given to a man?

NRSV ©

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?

NKJV ©

THE SHULAMITE’S BROTHERS We have a little sister, And she has no breasts. What shall we do for our sister In the day when she is spoken for?

KJV
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for our sister
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in the day
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when she shall be spoken for
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NET © [draft] ITL
The Beloved’s Brothers: We have a little
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sister
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, and as yet she has no
<0369>
breasts
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. What
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shall we do
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for our sister
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on the day
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when she is spoken
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for?
NET © Notes

sn The Beloved’s brothers knew that once a couple is betrothed, sexual temptations would be at their greatest. Thus, in v. 9 they devise a plan to protect the purity of their sister: If she is a virtuous young woman, they would reward her; however, if she is prone to temptation, they will restrain her and guard her from promiscuity.