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“I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; 9 in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, 10 but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works.” (1 Tim. 2:8-10)
"She was withal a little of a coquette, as might be perceived even in her dress, which was a mixture of ancient and modern fashions, as most suited to set off her charms. She wore the ornaments of pure yellow gold, which her great-great-grandmother had brought over from Saardam; the tempting stomacher of the olden time; and withal a provokingly short petticoat, to display the prettiest foot and ankle in the country around.“
(Coquette: A usually unscrupulous women who seduces or exploits men)
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight!”
The claim, “I don’t see what is wrong with it” will not help you in judgment if you disregard God’s directives in this or any other matter.
“In like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing…”
Terms to Define:
Modest, Propriety, Moderation
“Do not let your adornment be merely outward; arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel; 4 rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.”
Terms to Define:
“Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed, Nor did they know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; In the time of their punishment They shall be cast down," says the LORD.”
The fact that one is not embarrassed to wear a particular outfit does not mean it is O.K. Somearen’t ashamed, But they should be!
“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness,lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
(7), “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.”
(9-10), “Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, ‘Where are you?’ 10 So he said, ‘I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.’”
“Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.”
Tunic – (kethoneth, Hebrews) lit. to cover.
“a tunic, an inner garment next the skin; also worn by women; generally with sleeves, coming down to the knees, rarely to the ankles.” (Genesius, pg. 420) (Note: No distinction between men and women in this).
“And you shall make for them linen trousers to cover their nakedness; they shall reach from the waist to the thighs.”
Note: Well aware that this was ceremonial dress. However, note that the linen trousers had a practical purpose! To cover their nakedness as they ascended to the altar. The phrase is an inclusive Hebrew idiom, indicating a covering complete to the knee.
“Take the millstones and grind meal. Remove your veil, Take off the skirt, Uncover the thigh, Pass through the rivers. 3 Your nakedness shall be uncovered, Yes, your shame will be seen; I will take vengeance, And I will not arbitrate with a man.”
Note: Yes, figurative of Israel. But, the picture does not make sense if the definition of nakedness is not valid. An uncovering of the thigh.
The Bosom (Including cleavage)
Common sense indicates that outside of marriage, these should be covered!
The Man’s Body
Common sense indicates that outside of marriage, these should be covered!ImmodestyWhat Body Parts incite lust?
(1-2), “My son, pay attention to my wisdom; Lend your ear to my understanding, 2 That you may preserve discretion, And your lips may keep knowledge.”
(3-4), “For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, And her mouth is smoother than oil; 4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword.”
(16-20), “Drink water from your own cistern, And running water from your own well. 16 Should your fountains be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets? 17 Let them be only your own, And not for strangers with you. 18 Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice with the wife of your youth. 19 As a loving deer and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; And always be enraptured with her love. 20 For why should you, my son, be enraptured by an immoral woman, And be embraced in the arms of a seductress?”
“Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.”
“Therefore ‘Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.’ 18 I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the LORD Almighty.’”
Every Christian should be careful to dress modestly so as to reflect godliness, good works and a meek and quiet spirit.
To achieve this, we must examine our hearts to develop and keep a basic sense of decency and shamefacedness. Dress Modestly!