The wife has persuaded King Solomon to go back to her home for a visit. The purpose is to visit family and to check how those vineyards were faring. This is sort of a honeymoon trip.
Apparently, her brothers are not so happy to see King Solomon with their sister, even though he is the King. The couple exhibited an open display of affection towards each other in front of them. Her mother wanted to make some pomegranate wine from their own trees. His wife wanted him to make love to her at her house.
However, as before, she cautions the maiden of Jerusalem not to awaken love early.
Song of Songs 8:4 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you:Then one of her relatives happens to see her with King Solomon and asks this rhetorical question, with love and affection, "Who is this coming...?"
Do not arouse or awaken love
until it so desires.
The relative remind her of the sacred pledge her mother took, under the apple tree. This relative was the one who taught her under the same apple tree. She was taught to wait for love until the appointed one will come receive her.
After being reminded of this pledge, she requests King Solomon to seal the pledge himself, placing her like a seal on his arm and in his heart.
Song of Songs 8:6 Place me like a seal over your heart,The scene of the song now changes, and now one of her elder brothers approached her - most likely at a vineyard. He was the one who took care of her welfare and wanted King Solomon to know his concerns as well. Now that his sister is the King's wife, he expects some reward for taking care of her in the past, which he is not shy to ask.
like a seal on your arm;
for love is as strong as death,
its jealousy unyielding as the grave.
It burns like blazing fire,
like a mighty flame.
He reminds the couple that they still have a younger sister to take care of. He reminds them how he was taking care of her.
Song of Songs 8:8 We have a little sister,She responds with appreciating saying she too was like that until she found favor in the eyes of King Solomon. Next, she talks about those financial matters. King Solomon has leased out his vineyards for an annual payment of 1,000 silvers. She too has a vineyard, which she is willing to lease out for the same amount, and two hundred for those who tend it's fruits. She thus takes care of family business.
and her breasts are not yet grown.
What shall we do for our sister
on the day she is spoken for?
After having put everything to rest, she urges King Solomon:
Song of Songs 8:13 You who dwell in the gardensShe is anxious to mount upon those spicy hills of frankincense and myrrh,
with friends in attendance,
let me hear your voice!
Song of Songs 8:14 Come away, my beloved,
and be like a gazelle
or like a young stag
on the spice-laden mountains.
This vineyard King Solomon leased out was most likely leased to her own brother, and possibly that is where King Solomon met her.