1 Peter 3:3

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Whose adorning, let it not bee that outward adorning, of plaiting the haire, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparell.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Your adornment must not be {merely} external--braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Whose `adorning' let it not be the outward adorning of braiding the hair, and of wearing jewels of gold, or of putting on apparel;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Do not let your ornaments be those of the body such as dressing of the hair, or putting on of jewels of gold or fair clothing;
- Basic English Bible

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

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

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

Of whiche `ther be not with outforth curious ournyng of heer, ether doyng aboute of gold, ethir ournyng of clothing;
- Wycliffe Bible

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,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Peter 3:3

3:3 Three things are here expressly forbidden: curling the hair, wearing gold, (by way of ornament,) and putting on costly or gay apparel. These, therefore, ought never to be allowed, much less defended, by Christians.

People's Bible Notes for 1 Peter 3:3

1Pe 3:3 Whose adorning, let it not be that outward [adorning]. While urging those pure and holy lives which will sweetly preach Christ, Peter cannot pass by a foible often seen in the sex. There is a better adorning than that of the body. Of plaiting the hair. See notes on 1Ti 2:9,10. Compare Ps 45:13. The allusion is to wearing ornaments of gold or silver over the hair, a common adornment of the time. Or of wearing of gold. For the extravagant dress of Roman women of the time, see Farrar's "Early Years of Christianity", p. 5.

Discussion for 1 Peter 3

  • Godwin Ebitu
    Comment*It talks about being moderate in our dressings and outward appearances
  • Lu2677
    2 Peter 3:1-6 Ladies, do you know verse 1 commands us to never speak (without a word) about God's word to our husbands if they are not believers? I remember being taught it means "don't nag him about scripture."
  • Maria-kampala
    it is so good that i have learnt more about the love of GOD.
  • Bonyah Isaac
    Verse.18 20:The passage does not teach that Christ went and preach to some imprisoned spirit in hades.It is saying that Christ was put to death in the flesh he died like all humans die ,but made alive by the Spirit.This means he died and was raise do life by the Holy Spirit, Rom.8:11 .Through whom that same Spirit he Jesus went and preach to the spirit in prison.So it was the Holy Spirit that did the preaching.But who are this spirit in prison?? They are simply the sinners who disobeyed God in Noah's day.In the Bible sinners are seen to be in Prison. Isaiah 42:7,61:1 . The Holy Spirit also the Spirit of Christ preached through Noah to those disobedient spirit.It shoul b noted that the Holy Spirit had been preaching in the past,present and will continue to preach through Holy Men of God. 2nd Peter 1:20 21 .Eph.2:17 says "Jesus came and preached peace to the Jews and gentiles".Jesus personaly ddnt preach to the gentiles.Rather the Holy Spirit which is His Spirit spoke through holy men of God.So the entire pasage simply means that Christ,through the His Spirit in Noah preached to those peoples who were under the bondage of Sin.Again it has a connection with His ascension and the pouring of the Spirit when He through His Spirit in Holy men preached to both the Jews and Gentiles.The passage can never mean Christ preached while He was dead to dead spirit in Noah's time.For it would contradict with what the Hebrew writer wrote"After death comes Judgement".There is no 2nd chance.
  • PST Harold
    Modesty and mode of dressing
  • Betty Navratil for verse 19
    Between the time of Christ 's death and resurrection, Christ 's spirit was in the heart of the earth,to get the key of Hades,and to preach to the spirits of men in there. Since the devil never repent,the preaching was for men. I hope and pray that view 2 is right.I hope that those who have not heard of the Gospel or have not understand it will still receive a second chance to understand and accept salvation from God. Hell was made for the devils.

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