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

  • Mike
    Since we live in a world where there is Injustice, we want to remain humble and return evil for evil to no one.
  • A disciple
    I wonder how verses 1-6 are NOT taught to our women here in the West! What a beautiful and edifying thing it is, to know and understand, and practice, ALL THAT GOD HAS COMMANDED AND MADE! God has made everything in His wisdom and knowledge, very good; and it is our greatest comfort and joy and glory, to be perfect in the character and nature that He made us to be. Remember the iniquity of Satan!
  • Irene123
    1 Pet. 3:15 - "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts ..... "; the word 'sanctify' tripped me up - until I asked an elder about it. I had always read or heard that God sanctified us; how could we sanctify Him? By setting Him apart in our daily walk. He sets us apart to Himself from the world, we set Him apart in our lives, how we live holily for Him, in His will.
  • Isaac Niitan Cofie for verse 19
    In fact the Bible interpretation comes only from the Father our God Peter just want to state that that Jesus Christ preached also to the dead during the three days death before the resurrection those dead from the time of Adam till the day of crucification
  • Bruce
    Marta: the statement you made, where did that come from? I never heard of that one.
  • John H
    Baptism is an outward sign of an inward cleansing

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