I am [a]black, O daughters of Jerusalem, but comely, as the tents of [b]Kedar, and as the [c]curtains of Solomon.

Regard ye me not because I am [d]black: for the [e]sun hath looked upon me. The [f]sons of my mother were angry against me: they made me the keeper of the vines: but I [g]kept not mine own vine.

Show me, [h]O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou liest at noon: for why should I be as she that turneth aside to the stocks of [i]thy companions?

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Footnotes

  1. Song of Solomon 1:4 The Church confesseth her spots and sin, but hath confidence in the favor of Christ.
  2. Song of Solomon 1:4 Kedar was Ishmael’s son, of whom came the Arabians that dwelt in tents.
  3. Song of Solomon 1:4 Which within were all set with precious stones and Jewels.
  4. Song of Solomon 1:5 Consider not the Church by the outward appearance.
  5. Song of Solomon 1:5 The corruption of nature through sin and afflictions.
  6. Song of Solomon 1:5 Mine own brethren, which should have most favored me.
  7. Song of Solomon 1:5 She confesseth her own negligence.
  8. Song of Solomon 1:6 The spouse feeling her fault fleeth to her husband only for succor.
  9. Song of Solomon 1:6 Whom thou hast called to the dignity of pastors, and they set forth their own dreams instead of thy doctrine.

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