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Job 30:30 (a) Job's skin must have been actually and literally black, or at least dark enough to be called black. Judging from the symptoms described in the book, he had an oriental disease which we know as "elephantiasis." Those who suffer from this trouble do have a very dark skin covered with an odious eruption. (See under "ASHES").

Song of Solomon 1:5 (c) This probably represents the Saviour as He appears to unsaved people. To them He is unattractive, with no beauty and no value.

Song of Solomon 5:11 (c) This black hair is probably a type of the eternal youth, vigor and strength of our Lord as a young king thirty-three and a half years old. (See also Song of Solomon 7:5; Revelation 1:14).

Lamentations 4:8 (b) Here is described how completely the Nazarites of Jerusalem had turned away from the beautiful life they were supposed to live, and had become sinful and wicked in their manner of living. The black is descriptive of their character.

Jeremiah 8:21 (a) Here is described Jeremiah's feelings concerning Israel's relationship to him. He thought that Israel despised him, had no use for him, and saw no beauty in him, which probably was true. He reproved them for their sins, and warned them of their punishment. This, of course, made the nation despise him.

Jeremiah 14:2 (c) If the Word "they" refers to the gates, it would indicate that they were damaged by fire, and were being destroyed. If, however, the word refers to the people then probably the famine and the sufferings had brought about the blackened condition of their skin.

Zechariah 6:2 (b) These horses probably represent war and famine with the terrible results of both. They are described as being "black" because of the fearful condition of the people under those circumstances. It is said that these also are the four winds, as described in verse Zechariah 6:5. It may be that the black horses represent the power of GOD in causing wars, tumults and famine to rage upon the earth. It seems as though this power was against the enemies of GOD.

Revelation 6:5 (b) This black horse probably represents the famine and the sorrow which would prevail on the earth as a punishment for the wickedness and the evil being practiced. You will notice that the balances are for weighing the food because it is so scarce. This seems to be confirmed in verse Revelation 6:6.

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Bibliography Information
Watson, Walter. Entry for 'Black'. Wilson's Dictoinary of Bible Types. 1957.

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