1 Peter 3:3
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New International Version
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.

New Living Translation
Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes.

English Standard Version
Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—

New American Standard Bible
Your adornment must not be merely external-- braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses;

King James Bible
Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your beauty should not consist of outward things like elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold ornaments or fine clothes.

International Standard Version
Your beauty should not be an external one, consisting of braided hair or the wearing of gold ornaments and dresses.

NET Bible
Let your beauty not be external--the braiding of hair and wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes--

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not be adorned with outward ornaments of your hair braids or of gold jewelry or fine clothing,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Wives must not let their beauty be something external. Beauty doesn't come from hairstyles, gold jewelry, or clothes.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let their adorning not be outward with ostentatious hairdos and wearing of gold nor in composition of apparel,

King James 2000 Bible
Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of braiding the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

American King James Version
Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

American Standard Version
Whose adorning let it not be the outward adorning of braiding the hair, and of wearing jewels of gold, or of putting on apparel;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whose adorning let it not be the outward plaiting of the hair, or the wearing of gold, or the putting on of apparel:

Darby Bible Translation
whose adorning let it not be that outward one of tressing of hair, and wearing gold, or putting on apparel;

English Revised Version
Whose adorning let it not be the outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing jewels of gold, or of putting on apparel;

Webster's Bible Translation
Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing gold, or of putting on apparel;

Weymouth New Testament
Your adornment ought not to be a merely outward thing--one of plaiting the hair, putting on jewelry, or wearing beautiful dresses.

World English Bible
Let your beauty be not just the outward adorning of braiding the hair, and of wearing jewels of gold, or of putting on fine clothing;

Young's Literal Translation
whose adorning -- let it not be that which is outward, of plaiting of hair, and of putting around of things of gold, or of putting on of garments,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:1-7 The wife must discharge her duty to her own husband, though he obey not the word. We daily see how narrowly evil men watch the ways and lives of professors of religion. Putting on of apparel is not forbidden, but vanity and costliness in ornament. Religious people should take care that all their behaviour answers to their profession. But how few know the right measure and bounds of those two necessaries of life, food and raiment! Unless poverty is our carver, and cuts us short, there is scarcely any one who does not desire something beyond what is good for us. Far more are beholden to the lowliness of their state, than the lowliness of their mind; and many will not be so bounded, but lavish their time and money upon trifles. The apostle directs Christian females to put on something not corruptible, that beautifies the soul, even the graces of God's Holy Spirit. A true Christian's chief care lies in right ordering his own spirit. This will do more to fix the affections, and excite the esteem of a husband, than studied ornaments or fashionable apparel, attended by a froward and quarrelsome temper. Christians ought to do their duty to one another, from a willing mind, and in obedience to the command of God. Wives should be subject to their husbands, not from dread and amazement, but from desire to do well, and please God. The husband's duty to the wife implies giving due respect unto her, and maintaining her authority, protecting her, and placing trust in her. They are heirs together of all the blessings of this life and that which is to come, and should live peaceably one with another. Prayer sweetens their converse. And it is not enough that they pray with the family, but husband and wife together by themselves, and with their children. Those who are acquainted with prayer, find such unspeakable sweetness in it, that they will not be hindered therein. That you may pray much, live holily; and that you may live holily, be much in prayer.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair. A common Hebraism, like our Lord's injunction in John 6:27, "Labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which cndureth unto everlasting life." St. Peter does not forbid the moderate use of ornaments, but asserts their utter worthlessness compared with Christian graces. The ladies of the time seem often to have had their hair dressed in a very fantastic and extravagant manner. And of wearing of gold; rather, golden ornaments. Or of putting on of apparel. This verse shows that, although the mass of believers at this time belonged to the poorer classes, yet there must have been a proportion of persons of rank and wealth among the Christians of Asia Minor (comp. 1 Timothy 2:9; Revelation 3:17).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Whose adorning, let it not be that outward adorning,.... Or that only and principally; let not that be solely or chiefly attended to, nor anxiously sought after, nor ever in order to allure and ensnare others, or to fill with pride and vanity; nor should it be indecent and luxurious, immodest and immoderate, and unsuitable to the age, character, and station of persons; otherwise clothing is both convenient and necessary; and a decent garb, neat and modest apparel, and what is suitable to the years, rank, and quality of persons, is very commendable: nor are we to suppose that the apostle forbids the use of what follows, but only when used in a luxurious and extravagant manner, and to feed pride and vanity, and encourage, lasciviousness and wantonness:

of plaiting the hair; folding it up in curls, tying it up in knots, and putting it into the form of horns and towers, made by their crisping pins, with their cauls and round tires, like the moon, as was the custom of those times, and still is. There were women among the Jews, whose business it was to plait women's hair; Mary Magdalene is thought to have her name from thence, and that to be her business. The Jews often speak of one Miriam or Mary, by whom they seem to mean the mother of our Lord, who, they say (m) was reyv aldgmvyer nvyya , "a plaiter of women's hair"; see Gill on Matthew 27:56.

And of wearing of gold; or "golden things"; golden ornaments, as bracelets, chains, and rings, or pieces of gold stuck in the plaitings and folds of the hair. The Jewish women used to wear a crown of gold on their head, in the form of the city of Jerusalem, called a golden city (n); and which they wore, after its destruction, in memory of it; but with those they might not go out on a sabbath day. R. Akibah, it is said (o), made a golden city for his wife, and the wife of Rabban Gamaliel envied her, for it seems this was reckoned a grand dress. Not that the sense is, that every thing of this kind is forbidden, but when used to excess and extravagance; otherwise the daughters of Abraham and Sarah were decked with ear rings, bracelets, and jewels of gold; see Genesis 24:22.

or of putting on of apparel; that is "excellent", or precious, as the Syriac version adds; or "of great price", as the Ethiopic; that is beyond a person's ability or rank; the apostle means such apparel as is unbecoming and unsuitable, for he cannot be thought to forbid the putting on of any apparel; but his sense is, that women should not so much regard, and be so intent upon the outward adorning of their bodies, with any sort of clothing, and especially such as does not become them, as the inward adorning of their minds, next mentioned,

(m) T. Bab. Sabbat, fol. 104. 2. Chagiga, fol. 4. 2. & Sanhedrin, fol. 67. 1.((n) Misn. Sabbat, c. 6. sect. 1.((o) T. Hieros. Sabbat, fol. 7. 4.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. Literally, "To whom let there belong (namely, as their peculiar ornament) not the outward adornment (usual in the sex which first, by the fall, brought in the need of covering, Note, see on [2617]1Pe 5:5) of," &c.

plaiting—artificial braiding, in order to attract admiration.

wearing—literally, "putting round," namely, the head, as a diadem—the arm, as a bracelet—the finger, as rings.

apparel—showy and costly. "Have the blush of modesty on thy face instead of paint, and moral worth and discretion instead of gold and emeralds" [Melissa].

1 Peter 3:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Wives and Husbands
2as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior. 3Your adornment must not be merely external-- braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; 4but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.…
Cross References
Isaiah 3:18
In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces,

Isaiah 3:24
Instead of fragrance there will be a stench; instead of a sash, a rope; instead of well-dressed hair, baldness; instead of fine clothing, sackcloth; instead of beauty, branding.

1 Timothy 2:9
I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes,

1 Peter 3:2
when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.
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Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

adorning let.

1 Timothy 2:9,10 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, …

Titus 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becomes holiness, …

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the …

that.

Genesis 24:22,47,53 And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man …

Exodus 3:22 But every woman shall borrow of her neighbor, and of her that sojournes …

Exodus 32:2 And Aaron said to them, Break off the golden earrings, which are …

Exodus 33:4 And when the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned: and no …

Exodus 35:22 And they came, both men and women, as many as were willing hearted, …

Exodus 38:8 And he made the laver of brass, and the foot of it of brass, of the …

2 Kings 9:30 And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted …

Esther 5:1 Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal …

Psalm 45:9 Kings' daughters were among your honorable women: on your right hand …

Isaiah 3:18-24 In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling …

Isaiah 52:1 Awake, awake; put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful …

Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my …

Jeremiah 2:32 Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people …

Jeremiah 4:30 And when you are spoiled, what will you do? Though you clothe yourself …

Ezekiel 16:7-13 I have caused you to multiply as the bud of the field, and you have …

Ezekiel 23:40 And furthermore, that you have sent for men to come from far, to …

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