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
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 Aaron."
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
Why would Christ use jewelry as a reward in his parable if it was wrong to
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.