A lot of people have been told that that wearing jewelry is a
sin, but what does the Bible say about it?
In Genesis 24:22-53 we can read of Abraham sending
his servant to find a wife for Isaac, and sending earrings and bracelets to
convince Rebekah and her family to allow the marriage.
Genesis 41:41-42 " And Pharaoh said unto Joseph,
See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt. And Pharaoh took off his ring
from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of
fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;"
Surely if it had been a sin, these two men of God would not have
had, or allowed jewelry.
Exodus 3:21-22 " And I will give this people
favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye
go, ye shall not go empty: But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, 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."
Exodus 32:2-3 " And Aaron said unto them, Break
off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons,
and of your daughters, and bring them unto me. And all the people brake off
the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto
When the people left Egypt, the Lord himself put it into the
minds of the Egyptians to give them all manner of jewelry, not that they needed
it, the Lord was taking care of them from that point on.
Exodus 35:22 " And they came, both men and women,
as many as were willing-hearted, and brought bracelets, and earrings, and
rings, and tablets, all jewels of gold: and every man that offered offered an
offering of gold unto the Lord."
Ezekiel 16:8-13 " Now when I passed by thee, and
looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt
over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into
a covenant with thee, saith the Lord God, and thou becamest mine. Then washed
I thee with water; yea, I throughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I
anointed thee with oil. I clothed thee also with broidered work, and shod thee
with badgers' skin, and I girded thee about with fine linen, and I covered
thee with silk. I (the Lord God) decked thee also with
ornaments, and I put bracelets upon thy hands, and a chain on thy neck. And I
put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown
upon thine head. Thus wast thou decked with gold and silver; and thy raiment
was of fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; thou didst eat fine flour,
and honey, and oil: and thou wast exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper
into a kingdom."
Daniel 5:29 " Then commanded Belshazzar, and they
clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made
a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the
Luke 15:22 " But the father said to his servants,
Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and
shoes on his feet:"
Why would Christ use jewelry as a reward in his parable if it
was wrong to wear it?
1Timothy 2:9 " In like manner also, that women
adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with
broidered hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;"
James 2:1-4 " My brethren, have not the faith of
our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. 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; And ye have respect to him that
weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and
say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: Are ye not
then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?"
1Peter 3:1-6 " Likewise, ye wives, be in
subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may
without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold
your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that
outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting
on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not
corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the
sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy
women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto
their own husbands: Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose
daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any
The point of the verses above are, to concentrate on the
inward appearance, and not the outward appearance.
Note that it was ok for both men and women to wear jewelry.