Does Jeremiah 14-2 show the Hebrew Israelites were black?

Jeremiah 14-2 Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish; they are black unto the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up.

This is a verse that is often used by Hebrew Israelites to prove that the Israelites were and are Black.

Taken at face value this most certainly does look as if the inhabitants of Jerusalem are Black. The inhabitants of Jerusalem being the Israelites therefore the Israelites are being referred to as black.

But as always we must evaluate the verse and not simply take it at face value and see if it holds up under analyzation.

First thing to notice is the reference to Black UNTO the GROUND. So we must ask why the Bible written a LONG time before human beings were referenced as being “BLACK” is it using the word BLACK and not BROWN, especially as if this is a reference to the earth. Earth is brown. It can be various shades and can at times even be “black” but the most common colour would be brown.

The Hebrew word translated in this verse as black is
קָדַר qadar and it means mourning. The Hebrew word for the colour black is שָׁחֹר shachor .

So the people were black unto the ground means the people were in mourning.

When we put the verse back into its proper context we will see that is exactly what is being demonstrated.

Verse 1 explains that there was a drought

Jeremiah 14- 1The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the dearth.

Dearth is the Hebrew word בַּצֹּ֫רֶת batstsoreth which means drought. Dearth Itself simply means lack of something, so obviously here it is the reference to the lack of water.

Then in verse 2 we see that Judah was mourning they were black (mourning) unto the ground and Jerusalem is crying or weeping from their mourning.

Jeremiah 14-2 Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish; they are black unto the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up.

We see the exact same thing in Jeremiah 8-21

Jeremiah 8-21 For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me.

The word translated black here again is קָדַר qadar

When we put this verse back into context we see Jeremiah is mourning for the people for they have gone against the lord and caused famine.

Jeremiah 8- 18When I would comfort myself against sorrow, my heart is faint in me.
19Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because of them that dwell in a far country: Is not the LORD in Zion? is not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, andwith strange vanities?
20The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.
21For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me.
22Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?

The “black” in these verses is mourning. Just as a person is described as being black even today when they are sorrowful anguished or in mourning.
This verse has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the physical colour of the Israelites.


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