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—
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;
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;
Whose adorning let it not be the outward plaiting of the hair, or the wearing of gold, or the putting on of 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.
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CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
Of plaiting (ἐμπλοκῆς)
Only here in New Testament. Compare 1 Timothy 2:9. The Roman women of the day were addicted to ridiculous extravagance in the adornment of the hair. Juvenal ("Satire," vi.) satirizes these customs. He says: "The attendants will vote on the dressing of the hair as if a question of reputation or of life were at stake, so great is the trouble she takes in quest of beauty; with so many tiers does she lead, with so many continuous stories does she build up on high her head. She is tall as Andromache in front, behind she is shorter. You would think her another person." The hair was dyed, and secured with costly pins and with nets of gold thread. False hair and blond wigs were worn.
Putting on (ἐνδύσεως)
Only here in New Testament. Female extravagance in dress in the days of the empire reached an alarming pitch.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
In that day the Lord will take away the finery of the anklets, the headbands, and the crescents;
Instead of perfume there will be rottenness; and instead of a belt, a rope; and instead of well-set hair, baldness; and instead of a rich robe, a skirt of sackcloth; and branding instead of beauty.
1 Timothy 2:9
likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire,
1 Peter 3:2
when they see your respectful and pure conduct.
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