Modesty – The Bible Dress Standard

What’s on the outside counts too.

Does God care about what people look like or how they attire themselves?

After Adam and Eve sinned, they dressed themselves as they pleased.

Genesis 3:7

God was not pleased and made them clothing after His heart’s desire.

Genesis 3:21

God cares what people look like.

A proud look is an abomination unto God.

Proverbs 6:16-17

The word “Look” means outward appearance. A proud look or outward appearance comes from a proud heart.

Proverbs 7:10-11

This woman wore the attire of a harlot because she had a harlot’s heart. We all have a purpose or reason why we adorn ourselves in the manner we do.

A proud look is manifested by a person’s mannerisms or the way he conducts himself and by the articles he adorns himself with.

Isaiah 3:16-24

This was prophecy concerning the New Testament dispensation.

Isaiah 3:18

“In that day” – in the gospel day God would take away ornaments such as these which displayed pride.

There is a biblical dress standard.

I Timothy 2:8-10

Modest means: “lack of pride and vanity, decent, virtuous, orderly, and well arranged, not extreme.”

Our hair is given to us for a covering; thus it is part of our outward adornment and should be modest.

I Corinthians 11:15

The Greek word for “covering” means veil.  The woman’s hair is given to her for a covering or instead of a veil.

Wearing a veil is a man-made custom (vs. 16). The woman’s hair should be long – as long as God allows it to grow. It should be neither shaved nor shorn (vs. 6). Shorn means to shear, cut, clip.

Men should cut their hair and keep it short (vs. 14).

Long hair on men is a sign of dishonor or rebellion. Women cutting their hair is a sign of dishonor or rebellion.

The wearing of jewelry is not modest apparel.

I Timothy 2:9

I Peter 3:3

“Not with broided hair, or not plaiting the hair,” means hair woven with numerous trinkets and ornaments – jewelry.

“Not with gold or pearls” – jewelry

The wearing of jewelry does not display modest character.

Isaiah 3:16-24

The wearing of “make-up” or painting the face is contrary to “shamefacedness” or humility (I Timothy 2:9) and is characteristic of pride and vanity.

II Kings 9:30

The name Jezebel speaks of lewdness and indecency to this day.

Modest apparel – God’s wardrobe for mankind ought to show a distinction between the sexes – male and female.

I Corinthians 6:9

“Effeminate” is a womanish man in mannerism and attire.

A distinction in the attire of men and women has been a correct moral principle in any age of time.

Deuteronomy 22:5

Modest apparel ought to be evident in all our adornment. Clothing ought to be decent, long enough, and thick enough to cover decently.

God cares about our outward appearance. When a person gets saved and gets cleansed first within, the outside or outward appearance will naturally begin to conform to their pure heart.

Matthew 23:25-26

The condition of our heart affects us in every way for out of the heart are the issues of life.

Proverbs 4:23