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 for Song of Solomon 1:5

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 for Song of Solomon 1:5

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 1:5

  • David Byrd on Song of Solomon 1:5
    What color was jesus skin
  • Stanjett - in Reply on Song of Solomon 1:5
    Does it really matter? Jesus was born a Jew, so more than likely He had a olive skin tone.
  • If you choose to drink a glass of wine with spaghetti that's your God given free choice . You are free from the laws and customs of man . Christ is not sitting waiting to punish you over a glass or two of wine nor a can or two of beer . Now if you are around someone whom it may offend then don't drink it . Do not indulge yourselves to being high or drunk for the body's sake to put it to harm . Live your life free before God and trust him to tell you what's wrong and not another mans opinions and his teaching .
  • Love poem and song to a special lover. It's good within the context of marriage the way God intended.
  • He is considering his skin as a pride to be a black for others looking at it down and ugly
  • Ramesis2 - in Reply on Song of Solomon 1:5
    do a bible study on fementation, or rotting,, it resembles sin, anything fremented or rottem jesus would not take part in because not only he wrote the bible but he is a nazarite.. he is our example
  • Antonio Robinson on Song of Solomon 1:5
    Psalms 61 David says,

    Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to you,
    When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
    For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle forever;
    I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.

    Verse 8 So I will sing praise to your name forever, That I may daily perform my vows. AMEN Thank You Lord
  • 2 Corinthians 11:14
    Beware of sparkly robes of gold: even satan can disguise himself as an angel of light. Compare everything to scripture.
    Jesus said "it is written...and quoted scripture to satans temptations
  • Annysia on Song of Solomon 1:5
    From this verse, I believe she is describing herself. She's saying that she has dark skin, which is considered "ugly" from the tone which she says it, but her personality is comely. The tents are curtains are referring to her skin, but I believe in a way she still finds those objects beautiful that's why she uses them to refer to herself.

    It could be interpreted as racist, but I believe she's just saying how she doesn't conform to the beauty standards of her time but still appreciates what she has inside.
  • 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.


 

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