Little Sister With No Breasts

Songs of Solomon 8:8- 14

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?

9 If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she be a door, we will inclose her with boards of cedar.

10 I am a wall, and my breasts like towers: then was I in his eyes as one that found favour.

11 Solomon had a vineyard at Baalhamon; he let out the vineyard unto keepers; every one for the fruit thereof was to bring a thousand pieces of silver.

12 My vineyard, which is mine, is before me: thou, O Solomon, must have a thousand, and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred.

13 Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear it.

14 Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of spices

This is a very wonderful part of the scripture that I had avoided for so many years. I only heard my pastor preach it once when I was yet a student and it made me avoid this scripture simply because of that word “little sister without breasts”. Most young men and women laughed to scorn hearing what the preacher taught then. His teaching centred on a lady who was up to maturity but lacked breasts. Oh my God, I avoided this part of the scripture not until recently while studying I got to this scripture again and paused. This time around, I took my time to go through it and was so blessed by the insights I got from it. So I will love to share it. Contrary to what I was taught that this little lady was mature but lacked ” breasts” I will like to repeat this verse again:

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?

9 If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she be a door, we will in close her with boards of cedar.

10 I am a wall, and my breasts like towers: then was I in his eyes as one that found favour.

11 Solomon had a vineyard at Baalhamon; he let out the vineyard unto keepers; every one for the fruit thereof was to bring a thousand pieces of silver.

12 My vineyard, which is mine, is before me: thou, O Solomon, must have a thousand, and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred.

This verses is telling us about a little sister who has no breasts. Now after a proper study, I discovered its not talking about a mature lady or sister but the writer was purely talking about her little sister before she grew into womanhood, at which time they agreed to do everything in their power to keep her virtuous and bring her to maturity with all her purity. Thus, when she would be spoken for, she would be worthy of becoming the wife of the man who desires her.

It further deliberated on what the brothers would do for their little sister on the day she would be spoken for to become the wife of one of their tribes men.

9 If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she be a door, we will in close her with boards of cedar.

10 I am a wall, and my breasts like towers: then was I in his eyes as one that found favour.

If she had been a wall, meaning that if she had kept her virtue up to the time of her actual marriage, she would be greatly rewarded. But if she had been a door, that is, if she had lost her virtue; she would be punished according to the land which required the death penalty.

“and if she be a door, we will in close her with boards of cedar..”
Enclosing her with boards and cedars refer to her coffin in burial.

When you read further:

10 I am a wall, and my breasts like towers: then was I in his eyes as one that found favour.

11 Solomon had a vineyard at Baalhamon; he let out the vineyard unto keepers; every one for the fruit thereof was to bring a thousand pieces of silver.

12 My vineyard, which is mine, is before me: thou, O Solomon, must have a thousand, and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred.

The Shulamite demanded the reward promised by her brothers and gave her reasons. Solomon as at that time had many vineyards which he let out to keepers who rendered him his portion of the fruit as rental. This amounted to a thousand (1000) pieces of silver to him and two hundred(200) for the keepers.

The shulamite’s case was this: she had kept her own vineyard(virtue) and no part of her had been rendered the property of any man so as to keep her pure for her husband.

This is purely talking about virtue before and in marriage. Virtue brings honour to a woman and makes relations respect, speak well of her before intending suitors. When a lady is promiscuous it brings shame not only to the woman but to her entire family.

The question I want to ask is this; are you a wall or a door.

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