אַל תִּרְאֻנִי. אַל תִּסְתַּכְּלוּ בִי לְבִזָּיוֹן כְּמוֹ "כִּי רָאוּ בַּאֲרוֹן ה'":
Do not look upon me. Do not look upon me disrespectfully, as in, “for they had gazed [disrespectfully] upon the Ark of Adonoy.”23I Shmuel 6:19.
שֶׁאֲנִי שְׁחַרְחֹרֶת. לְפִי שֶׁאֵין שַׁחֲרוּתִי וְכִעוּרִי מִמְּעֵי אִמִּי, אֶלָּא עַל יְדֵי שְׁזִיפַת הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ, שֶׁאוֹתוֹ שַׁחֲרוּת נוֹחַ לְהִתְלַבֵּן כְּשֶׁיַּעֲמֹד בַּצֵּל:
That I am so black. For my blackness24שחרחרת is a combination of two words, שחר and חרת, the latter is the blackest of black. (Gra) and my ugliness are not from my mother’s womb, but from the sun’s tanning, for that blackness can easily be whitened by staying in the shade.
בְּנֵי אִמִּי נִחֲרוּ בִי. הֵם בְּנֵי מִצְרַיִם שֶׁגָּדַלְתִּי בָהֶם, וְעָלוּ עִמִּי בְעֵרֶב רַב, הֵם נִחֲרוּ בִי בַהֲסָתָתָם וּפִתּוּיָם עַד שֶׁשָׂמוּנִי,
My mother’s sons were incensed against me. These are the Egyptians among whom I grew up, and they went up with me in the mixed multitude. They were incensed against me with their enticement and their persuasion until they made me—
נֹטֵרָה אֶת הַכְּרָמִים. וְשָׁם שְׁזָפַתְנִי הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ וְהֻשְׁחַרְתִּי, כְּלוֹמַר: נְתָנוּנִי עוֹבֶדֶת אֱלֹהִים אֲחֵרִים, וְכַרְמִי שֶׁהָיָה שֶׁלִּי מֵאֲבוֹתַי, לֹא נָטָרְתִּי. מָצִינוּ פַּרְנָסִים נִקְרָאִים בַּמִּקְרָא בִּלְשׁוֹן "כְּרָמִים", שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר "וְנָתַתִּי לָהּ אֶת כְּרָמֶיהָ מִשָּׁם" וּמְתַרְגְּמִינָן: "וַאֲמַנֵּי לָהּ יַת פַּרְנָסָהָא", וְכֵן "לֹא יִפְנֶה דֶרֶךְ כְּרָמִים":
keeper of the vineyards. And there the sun tanned me and I became black; i.e., they made me a worshiper of other gods, but my own vineyard [i.e., my God], which was mine from my forefathers, I did not keep. We find in Scripture that leaders are called with the expression of ‘vineyards,’ as it is stated, “And I will give to her her vineyards כְּרָמֶיהָ from there,”25Hosheia 2:17. which the Targum renders as, “And I will appoint for her her leaders.” And similarly, “he does not turn by the way of the vineyards.”26Iyov 24:18.