JEWELRY - MAKE-UP - COSMETICS?
by Keith Hunt
We must live by every word of God.
The O.T. is written for us to learn by.
Jewelry was used as BETROTHAL presents by God's people.
Jacob wore a RING and GOLD chain.
EX.3:22 11:2 12:35
God told Israel to take the Eqyptians' Jewels and WEAR them.
JEWELS dedicated to the Tabernacle - God accepted them.
God's House full of GOLD and SILVER.
Solomon had Gold, Silver and Precious things
Mondechai - a man used by God, wore a RING.
God likens ornaments and JEWELS to Salvation and Righteousness.
A wise reprover upon on obedient ear, is like an ear-ring of
Israel (God's wife) was decked by God in Jewels and find clothes.
The High Priests garments were made as God directed - full of
Christ likened God's Kingdom to a pearl of Great price.
God is likened to a FATHER of two sons note v.21-23.
In the church there will be RICH (wearing gold) and the poor (not
able to wear gold).
The true Church is represented by GOLDEN CANDLESTICKS - Jesus
wears a GOLDEN breastplate.
New Jerusalem is full of GOLD, and PRECIOUS STONES.
SCRIPTURES THAT SEEM TO BE AGAINST JEWELS
Does this contradict EX.3:22; 11:2; 12:35?
No! Jewels are to make you happy - they are for days of rejoicing
(LK.15:21-23) - in this account of Israel notice verse 4. When
they heard God was going to consume them, they had no reason to
be happy - they mourned - this was no time to wear jewelry, so
they didn't. God told them - yes you need not be happy, take off
your jewelry and be mournful and sober. Moses then interceded and
God spared Israel. What was Israel's sin? Was it the wearing of
Jewelry that God was so angry as to destroy them? NO! Read from
It was the sin of making an Idol - a calf - and worshiping it
(CH.32:7-10) instead of God.
Is this a contradiction of God's word?
If earrings are wrong - so are garments (v.2). Notice v.2. Jacob
is telling his household to put away STRANGE GODS (heathen
worship) along with this to put away clothes and earrings - he
says change your garments - put different clothes on.
Yes, they were worshiping false God's in heathen costumes and
heathen decorations - just as many devil worshiping groups do
today. Do we not do the same at Halloween?
Jacob was telling them to get rid of all their idols and demond
costumes or ornaments.
Does this say Jewelry is of itself sinful?
If it does then God contradicts himself. God is talking to Israel
v.8. He says the women of Zion are haughty - puffed up - vain -
sexually loose. "...and walk with outstretched necks and with
undisciplined (flirtations and alluring eyes) tripping along with
a mincing and effected gait..." (Amplified Bible).
God is telling the women he will soon put an end to this miss-use
of femininity, beauty, clothes and jewelry.
Notice! If these verses say jewelry is wrong, so is - bonnets
(hats) headbands (v.20) changeable suits of apparel (should we
then wear the same suit or dress all the time? The Hutterites do)
cloaks (mantles) stoles and shawls (wimples) handbags (crisping
pins) v.22 hand-mirrors (glasses) undergarments (fine linen)
hoods and veils v.23 sweet smell, girdles, well set hair, rich
robe (stomacher) beauty v.24. See the Amplified Bible.
These things are not wrong in themselves it is the wrong use of
The women here are using these things in a wrong manner - just as
they were using their eyes, neck and how they walked to a wrong
Again, it is the wrong use that God condemns - Israel is likened
to a woman who deliberately makes her self up to entice men.
Notice! If jewelry is wrong so is washing (v.40). So is a good
bed (Honourable Mrg.Ref.) an Food on a Table (v.41).
If jewelry is here condemned so is - weaving (braiding, knitting)
of the hair and wearing clothes (we should all be nude then? No!
Amplified Bible says "Let not yours be the MERELY external
adorning .... But let it be the inward adorning and beauty of the
hidden person of the heart...." (v.3,4).
Yes, of course, the most important is what comes out of you -
your Christian personality. But notice v.5, the holy women of old
who trusted in God adorned themselves, with a meek and quiet
spirit yes (v.4 & 6) but read Gen.24 Rebekah - a woman of God -
she trusted God that he had chosen the right husband for her -
Isaac. Can anyone disprove that Isaac was not a man of God and
Rebekah a holy woman of God. Rebekah wore jewelry - Gen. 24:22,
Does Paul contradict the rest of God's Word? No! He simply says
here, be moderate - be balanced - don't go overboard with outward
appearance - the main thing is good works - a Christian
personality - then the physical you.
God is the most balanced person to ever live - He is
righteousness first - but does He have and wear jewelry? You bet!
Satan was created with great beauty (EZEK.28:11-13) and with
jewels but he lost his righteousness and ended up as Satan.
Christian character is to be first and then physical beauty
second. It's not wrong to have and wear nice clothes and a modest
amount of jewelry, but remember they will not save you.
"Wanton eyes". Some say this is "Falsely setting off their eyes
Is this true?
What the different scholars translate - "and ROVING wanton eyes"
"and with Undisciplined (flirtations and alluring) eyes"
"are always FLIRTING." GOOD NEWS BIBLE.
"and OGLING eyes" MODERN LANGUAGE.
"With wanton eyes that rove among the crowds to
catch the glances of men." LIVING BIBLE.
"GLANCING wantonly with their eyes" RSV.
ADAM CLARK'S COMMENTARY:
...... Hebrew, FALSIFYING their eyes.I take this to be the true
meaning and literal rendering of the word; from SAKAR. The
MASORETTES have pointed it, as if it were from SAKAR, a different
word...TH0UGH THE COLORING OF THE EYES WITH STIBIUM BE NOT
PARTICULARLY HERE EXPRESSED, yet I suppose it to be
Modern scholarship would agree with the Jewish MASORETE5 that it
is From SAKAR.
STRONG'S CON. says from SAKAR - "to OGLE i.e. BLINK -
coquettish - wanton." #8265.
Even if we believe this Hebrew means to "PAINT the eyes." Does
God here CONDEMN shading the eyes itself as SIN or the WRONG use
of the eyes whether they are shaded or not. The CONTEXT of the
passage will tell us! Notice verses 18-23 (see a modern
translation). If PAINTING the eyes is SIN, so are the use of ALL
things mentioned in v.18-23.
The Bible shows JEWELRY, CHANGEABLE SUITS OF APPAREL, FINE LINEN
etc. are NOT SIN! It is putting and using these physical things
to a WRONG PURPOSE that God CONDEMNS, not the things themselves.
JEZEBEL (2 KINGS 9:30-34)
Verse 30 Hebrew - "and she put her eyes in painting." Why was
Jezebel slain? Because she painted her eyes? NO! But because she
was an EVIL woman v.31-34 (I KINGS 16). Did only EVIL women use
NO! Jewish history shows that not only their women but most of
the middle east nations used MAKE-UP.
JER.4:30; EZEK 23:40
God CONDEMNS the WRONG use of make-up. God is not a God of BLACK
THE USE OF COSMETICS
PERFUME USE BY GOD'S PEOPLE
EX.30:22-23; 34-38 Song of Solomon 1:12-14 3:6
4:13,14; PS.45:6-8; PROV.27:9; ESTHER 2:12,13; JN.12:3
Entered on this Website March 2008