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This book is also called Song of Solomon, isn't it?? Perhaps Solomon wrote it about one of his 900 wives or 400ish concubines. So, it is possible that this passage does refer to a beautiful woman who is dark in skin color who wasn't a Jew. It is also possible that this passage IS refering to a beautiful Jewish woman who has dark skin. In every race ...


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The context (see verse 6) justifies translating the v' as "but." Furthermore, it clearly demonstrates that she is not actually black but simply very darkly tanned. Do not stare at me because I am swarthy [i.e. dark], For the sun has burned me. My mother’s sons were angry with me; They made me caretaker of the vineyards, But I have not taken care ...



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