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

  • Irene123
    Jacoba - Your commentaries are good, do not quit
  • Irene123
    1Peter3:1-6; I lo-o-ove these vs. Because - this is the situation I am in. Because I obey the Lord (His Word) He has made a way for me for almost 3 yrs. to serve Him. Before, for 5 yrs., God didn't make a way because I wasn't obeying Him, through His Word. If you are trying, wanting to live for Him - just obey His Word: Jn.14:15. To live for Jesus is so easy, even under persecution.
  • A disciple
    ...wives, be in subjection to your own husbands...husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge... It's not hard to find where in history things really started rushing out of course; and as Christians, we aren't to gauge our values by the world's. It is a real mark of a sincere conversion, that lays aside as worthless and evil, what the world in defiance toward God promotes as morally superior!
  • Bruce
    Irene: Did The Lord Say:But seek ye first The Kingdom of God and His Righteous; and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33,or no seeking need. Just love! Changing scripture! Where does that come from? (You know)Do not add or take away? Both has been done. And you say it's "ok"? We who are Washed by The Blood,Preach The Word as Written as much as possible.
  • Irene123
    She didn't misquote scripture, period
  • Bruce
    Irene: When someone misquotes Scripture, it helps no One. The Lord said: But seek ye first The Kingdom of God,and His Righteous;and all these things will be added unto you./her post is "Poison in The Soup" Satan loves the misuse of scripture. The Lame, The Sick,The Unknowing will take the wrong path by such quotes./ Only by The Blood of The Lamb is there Salvation:Revelation1:5 / Mark 1:8 Baptized

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