(note:)The Church confesses her spots and sin, but has confidence in the favour of Christ.(:note)
black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar was Ishmael's son, of whom came the Arabians that dwelt in tents. Kedar, as the Which within were all set with precious stones and jewels. curtains of Solomon.
(note:)Consider not the Church by the outward appearance.(:note)
black, because the The corruption of nature through sin and afflictions. sun hath looked upon me: My own brethren who should have most favoured me. my mother's children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; [but] my own vineyard have I not She confesses her own negligence. kept.
(note:)The spouse feeling her fault flees to her husband only for comfort.(:note)
O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest [thy flock] to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of Whom you have called to the dignity of pastors, and they set forth their own dreams instead of your doctrine. thy companions?