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Please Can You Explain 1 Peter 3:3?







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Please Can You Explain 1 Peter 3:3?


UK Apologetics Reply:


Okay, let us look at this.


Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. (1 Peter 3:3).


Okay, we need to check the broader context here.

1. Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2. when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. 5. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, 6. like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear. (1 Peter 3:1-6).

This is talking about the appropriately decent and modest behaviour of a Christian wife, and the advice comes from Peter; Peter is saying how the fine, decent and modest behaviour of a woman is truly a thing of joy. A Christian wife should, of course, look decent and pleasant in appearance, yet her real beauty should not come from such things as "elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes." This is all about paraded vanity really. Modesty and the desire not to attract too much attention to oneself are very fine qualities. For sure, there have always been a few who greatly over-dress when attending Christian services and meetings. Also a quiet and content spirit is always nice to see. It is bad, for example, to observe a Christian woman yelling and railing at her husband, which I once saw in the car park ('parking lot' for you Americans), just after a Christian service.

I don't think I have any further comments to make on this at the moment.

Robin A. Brace. September 6th, 2019.

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