What an amazing day! 2 of you guys have already become subscribers to my site and my heart is exploding with joy ✨🌅 I want to shout some praise to my Lord Jesus for all that He’s doing through #prayersandpraises 📣 it is unbelievable. & to celebrate this victory, I want to continue into verses 5-6 of our amazing Song of Solomon journey. We are looking into the light of our beautiful, poetic, passionate bride. I just read another commentary where she is called the Shulammite, or in Hebrew “shulammit” which means “woman of Jerusalem.” As according to the Jewish Women’s Archive. Her presence in Song of Solomon is one of innocent and positive representation of young womanhood. And yet she doesn’t get a name! At least now I can call her Shulammite, instead of Solomon’s bride. The first part of verse five, she says, “I am dark, but beautiful.” This girl knows that her melanin is something to rejoice about rather than feel shameful for and I am soooooo in support of it 👸🏽👸🏾👸🏿!! She addresses the daughters of Jerusalem in the second bit and reiterates, “O women of Jerusalem - dark as the tents of Kedar, dark as the curtains of Solomon’s tents.” Now Kedar, if you weren’t aware (like me when I first read the passage) wouldn’t have thought anything of her comparison to her skin and this place? Or person? Turns out: it’s a place. This is where the shepherds reside. And from my usual commentary the tents were “very coarse, and never whitened, weather-beaten, and discolored by long use.” Now her comparison to her skin...its weather beaten and discolored by long use? The explanation comes in verse 6 when she recalls “the reason” for her darker skin tone. “Don’t stare at me because I am dark— the sun has darkened my skin.” Which by the way doesn’t translates much better in NKJV. Continuing, “My brothers were angry with me; they forced me to care for their vineyards, so I couldn’t care for myself—my own vineyard.” She had to tend after her brother’s fields and didn’t have enough time to treat her skin right in the sun. But she also compares her skin to the curtains of her husband, King Solomon.