Song of Solomon 1:5

“I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

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

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Song of Solomon 1:5


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.


Discussion for Song of Solomon 1

  • Fank
    One ought to love the Lord Jesus on the same level....ie none like Thee
  • David
    That book is amazing to read so many time you never say o my i do not read anymore what aver there it true , God show how to love your Life partner and care for her rest of your life that is there in that Song of Solomon ,
  • BSP
    The loving expressions found in this chapter are good examples of the beautiful and up building speech that should exist in a loving relationship.
  • Lu2677
    This is a romantic love song by Solomon to a woman! Given as an example as how men are suppose to love their wives.
  • Nghia huynh
    I agree with Mary's idea . As I went through the chapters song of songs , there was a female mentioned here, and she was black. And the whole chapters never mentioned God. When we read the Bible that mentioned about the Queen Shiba, I already got my thought that she perhaps became King Salomon's lover and so on.
  • Adriano Belotti
    I think the Song of Solomon is true in what loves is all about. Some times we do things that pulls us from what God wants from us and do wat we think God wants us to do. Love is the only thing that God has for us that makes Him forgive us for those things. The same in a marriage. If one makes a mistake ask for forgiveness from your hard as we do to God and be sincere. Love is for eve so is God.

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