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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
I am blacke, but comely, (O ye daughters of Ierusalem) as the tents of Kedar, as the curtaines of Solomon.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan
"I am black but lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, Like the tents of Kedar, Like the curtains of Solomon.
- New American Standard Version (1995)
I am black, but comely, Oh ye daughters of Jerusalem, As the tents of Kedar, As the curtains of Solomon.
- American Standard Version (1901)
I am dark, but fair of form, O daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.
- Basic English Bible
I am black, but comely, daughters of Jerusalem, As the tents of Kedar, As the curtains of Solomon.
- Darby Bible
I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.
- Webster's Bible
I am dark, but lovely, you daughters of Jerusalem, like Kedar's tents, like Solomon's curtains.
- World English Bible
Dark [am] I, and comely, daughters of Jerusalem, As tents of Kedar, as curtains of Solomon.
- Youngs Literal Bible
'I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible
1:5 Black - I confess, as to myself, I am contemptible and deformed. She alludes to the complexion of Pharaoh's daughter. Comely - Yet I am glorious within, and comely through the beauty which my husband hath put upon me, by his graces conferred upon me, in justification and sanctification. Daughters - By which she understands particular believers, whose mother, Jerusalem is called, #Gal 4:26|. The tents - Of the wild Arabians, the posterity of Kedar, #Gen 25:13|, who dwelt in tents, and were black and uncomely. The curtains - As the hangings wherewith Solomon's house was furnished, which none can doubt were most beautiful and glorious. So these two last clauses answer to the two first, and that in the same order in which they lie.
J Alan's comment on 2015-02-28 15:34:21:
I believe that this is not intentionally racist, nor is it meant to be taken entirely literally. Very dark flesh in the ancient middle east would 've been slightly exotic, but it also is a common descriptor for evil or sinful ideas and actions. This was a way of saying that not all things dark fall into that category. It was also seen as an allusion to the queen of Sheba by the alchemists of the middle ages and renaissance and a common fantasy of the white European or Anglo was to purify the dark black earthly feminine into its golden white counterpart. One of many ways of describing the process of transmutation from the lead of simple fallen earthly woman to the golden white of the ineffable godhead. Also according to other myths of the time Solomon and the queen of Sheba have a daughter named Bellacarne who is black and white and whose name means "beautiful flesh " roughly translated. I think this proves that it is less to do with race and more to do with a balancing of the two extremes. Beautiful words.
Shawn's comment on 2014-12-13 18:49:46:
I love people who distort the scripture,as if one needs to explain that even though they are black, they are still worthy of praise. this is and has always been racist. "stick to the original verse ".
Patrick Pollard's comment on 2013-09-20 15:00:34:
Not 'he' is black and beautiful, but 'she is black and beautiful. Note the 1st phrasings from the 'Song of Solomon.
1. The Song of songs, which is Solomon's.
2. Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth:
for thy love is better than wine.
3. Because of the savor of thy good ointments
thy name is as ointment poured forth,
therefore do the virgins love thee.
4. Draw me, we will run after thee:
the King hath brought me into his chambers:
we will be glad and rejoice in thee,
we will remember thy love more than wine:
the upright love thee.
5. I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem,as the tents of Kedar,as the curtains of Solomon.
Chasey's comment on 2013-01-15 04:58:12:
He saying he is black and beautiful.
Angela's comment on 2010-11-18 08:13:50:
This was just what I need to help me understand. I love your site. Please keep up the good work. God Bless.
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