Raiment in the Bible
It is important to know what fashion is and what the Bible says about clothing and its importance for each occasion. Fashion is the use or custom that is popular in a certain region and for some time.
Many people live pending fashion, and to stand out every day by wearing the latest trend. But we Christians have another perspective, another mentality about it.
What is fashion?
Fashion can also be defined as a mechanism that regulates people’s decisions regarding what to consume, what clothing to wear, and what to do. It can become a social pressure. For example:
- Fashion technology: Having the most recent cell phone.
- Listen to a certain type of music.
- Have a fashionable car.
- Go to exclusive restaurants.
- Certain attitudes that are in fashion.
- One particular phrase that everyone uses.
Does God care how we dress?
Social status always marked a difference between clothing and fashion acquired by people at different times. And although many may not believe it, God cares a lot about our way of dressing. We can see it from the beginning of the Bible:
The Lord God made clothing of furs for the man and his wife, and clothed them.
Genesis 3:21 (NIV)
When we understand that we are God’s creatures, we try to behave according to how He wants us to dress and behave. It is a code of conduct that is primarily for our well-being.
The type of clothing we wear, more than covering our body, more than being in a certain fashion or protecting ourselves from the weather, reveals our heart, as it says in:
From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
Matthew 12:34 (NIV)
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What the bible says
The Bible also highlights that the way they dress can tell us a lot about people:
- Genesis 38:19 a widow who by covering her face in a certain way was taken for a prostitute.
- 2 Samuel 13:18 Tamar wore a very elegant tunic because that is how the virgin princesses dressed.
- Matthew 22: 11-12 one of the guests was questioned because he was not wearing the wedding garment.
- 1 Timothy 2: 9 Paul indicates how Christian women should dress.
Today, trousers are allowed in churches and they are a little more flexible with the dress of those attending services. But we must always keep in mind, more than fashion; what the Bible says about fashion and remembering modesty, modesty, and good taste when dressing. And not just to go to church, but for everyday life.
50 Bible Verses about fashion and our clothing?
And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave [them] to Rebekah: he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things.
And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which [were] with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son:
And he came near and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son [is] as the smell of a field which the LORD hath blessed:
And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,
Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved [himself], and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh.
To all of them, he gave each man changes of raiment; but to Benjamin, he gave three hundred [pieces] of silver and five changes of raiment.
But every woman shall borrow of her neighbor, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put [them] upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians.
And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses, and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment:
If he takes him another [wife]; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish.
For all manner of trespass, [whether it be] for ox, for ass, for sheep, for raiment, [or] for any manner of lost thing, which [another] challengeth to be his, the cause of both parties shall come before the judges; [and] whom the judges shall condemn, he shall pay double unto his neighbour.
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If thou at all take thy neighbour’s raiment to pledge, thou shalt deliver it unto him by that the sun goeth down:
For that [is] his covering only, it [is] his raiment for his skin: wherein shall he sleep? and it shall come to pass, when he crieth unto me, that I will hear; for I [am] gracious.
And upon whatsoever [any] of them, when they are dead, doth fall, it shall be unclean; whether [it be] any vessel of wood, or raiment, or skin, or sack, whatsoever vessel [it be], wherein [any] work is done, it must be put into water, and it shall be unclean until the even; so it shall be cleansed.
And purify all [your] raiment, and all that is made of skins, and all work of goats’ [hair], and all things made of wood.
Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years.
He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment.
And she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in the house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month: and after that, thou shalt go in unto her, and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife.
In like manner shalt thou do with his ass, and so shalt thou do with his raiment; and with all lost thing of thy brother’s, which he hath lost, and thou hast found, shalt thou do likewise: thou mayest not hide thyself.
In any case, thou shalt deliver him the pledge again when the sun goeth down, that he may sleep in his own raiment, and bless thee: and it shall be righteousness unto thee before the LORD thy God.
Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the stranger, [nor] of the fatherless; nor take a widow’s raiment to pledge:
And he spake unto them, saying, Return with much riches unto your tents, and with very much cattle, with silver, and with gold, and with brass, and with iron, and with very much raiment: divide the spoil of your enemies with your brethren.
But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it under his raiment upon his right thigh.
And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was a thousand and seven hundred [shekels] of gold; beside ornaments, and collars, and purple raiment that [was] on the kings of Midian, and beside the chains that [were] about their camels’ necks.
Wash thy self therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the floor: [but] make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating and drinking.
And Saul disguised himself and put on another raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me [him] up, whom I shall name unto thee.
And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand [pieces] of gold, and ten changes of raiment.
And when these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid [it]; and came again, and entered into another tent, and carried thence [also], and went and hid [it].
And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and raiment, harness, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate year by year.
So Esther’s maids and her chamberlains came and told [it] her. Then was the queen exceedingly grieved, and she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth from him: but he received [it] not.
Though he heaps up silver as the dust and prepare raiment as the clay;
She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee.
But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, [and as] the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that goes down to the stones of the pit; as a carcass trodden under feet.
I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people [there was] none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.
Thus wast thou decked with gold and silver, and thy raiment [was of] fine linen, and silk, and embroidered work; thou didst eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and thou wast exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper into a kingdom.
And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with the change of raiment.
And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft [clothing] are in kings’ houses.
And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify [him].
His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.
But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings’ courts.
And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment [was] white [and] glistering.
And Jesus answering said, A certain [man] went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded [him], and departed, leaving [him] half dead.
Life is more than meat, and the body [is more] than raiment.
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment and cast lots.
They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture, they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.
And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook [his] raiment, and said unto them, Your blood [be] upon your own heads; I [am] clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.
And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept the raiment of them that slew him.
And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment, and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
And round about the throne [were] four and twenty seats: and upon the seats, I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.