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1 Peter 3:3 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Whose [adorning] let it not be the outward adorning of braiding the hair, and of wearing jewels of gold, or of putting on apparel;
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Whose adorning let it not be that outward [adorning] of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Your adornment must not be [merely] external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Whose adorning let it not be that outward [adorning] of plaiting the hair, and of wearing gold, or of putting on apparel;
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— whose adorning let it not be that outward one of tressing of hair, and wearing gold, or putting on apparel;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Whose adorning, let it be—not the outward, of plaiting the hair and wearing golden ornaments, or putting on of apparel,
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— 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,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Whose adorning, let it not be the outward plaiting of the hair, or the wearing of gold, or the putting on of apparel:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Whose adorning, let it not bee that outward [adorning], of plaiting the haire, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparell.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— Neither be adorned with outward adornings of the entwinement of your hair, or necklaces of gold, or of excelling vestments,
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And adorn not yourselves with the external ornaments of curls of the hair, or of golden trinkets, or of costly garments.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Whose 3739
{3739} Prime
Probably a primary word (or perhaps a form of the article G3588); the relative (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that.
adorning 2889
{2889} Prime
Probably from the base of G2865; orderly arrangement, that is, decoration; by implication the world (in a wide or narrow sense, including its inhabitants, literally or figuratively [morally]).
let it y2077
[2077] Standard
Second person singular present imperative and third person of G1510; be thou; let them be.
<0000> Grammar
The original word in the Greek or Hebrew is translated by more than one word in the English. The English translation is separated by one or more other words from the original.
not 3756
{3756} Prime
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
be 2077
{2077} Prime
Second person singular present imperative and third person of G1510; be thou; let them be.
<5749> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Imperative (See G5794)
Count - 23
that x3588
(3588) Complement

The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
outward 1855
{1855} Prime
From G1854; external (-ly).
[adorning] of plaiting 1708
{1708} Prime
From G1707; elaborate braiding of the hair.
the hair, 2359
{2359} Prime
Of uncertain derivation; hair.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
of wearing 4025
{4025} Prime
From G4060; a putting all around, that is, decorating oneself with.
of gold, 5553
{5553} Prime
Diminutive of G5557; a golden article, that is, gold plating, ornament, or coin.
or 2228
{2228} Prime

A primary particle of distinction between two connected terms; disjunctive, or; comparative, than.
of putting on 1745
{1745} Prime
From G1746; investment with clothing.
of apparel; 2440
{2440} Prime
Neuter of a presumed derivative of ἕννυμι [[ennumi]] (to put on); a dress (inner or outer).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Peter 3:3

_ _ Literally, “To whom let there belong (namely, as their peculiar ornament) not the outward adornment (usual in the sex which first, by the fall, brought in the need of covering, Note, see on 1 Peter 5:5) of,” etc.

_ _ plaiting — artificial braiding, in order to attract admiration.

_ _ wearing — literally, “putting round,” namely, the head, as a diadem — the arm, as a bracelet — the finger, as rings.

_ _ apparel — showy and costly. “Have the blush of modesty on thy face instead of paint, and moral worth and discretion instead of gold and emeralds” [Melissa].

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 Peter 3:1-7.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 Peter 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.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 Peter 3:3

(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;

(3) He condemns the unrestrained indulgences and excesses of women, and sets forth their true apparel, such as is precious before God, that is, the inward and incorruptible, which consists in a meek and quiet spirit.

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adorning let:

1 Timothy 2:9-10 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; ... But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
Titus 2:3-15 The aged women likewise, that [they be] in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; ... These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.


Genesis 24:22 And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten [shekels] weight of gold;
Genesis 24:47 And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter [art] thou? And she said, The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bare unto him: and I put the earring upon her face, and the bracelets upon her hands.
Genesis 24:53 And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave [them] to Rebekah: he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things.
Exodus 3:22 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 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.
Exodus 33:4 And when the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned: and no man did put on him his ornaments.
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.
Exodus 38:8 And he made the laver [of] brass, and the foot of it [of] brass, of the lookingglasses of [the women] assembling, which assembled [at] the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
2 Kings 9:30 And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard [of it]; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window.
Esther 5:1 Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on [her] royal [apparel], and stood in the inner court of the king's house, over against the king's house: and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the gate of the house.
Psalms 45:9 Kings' daughters [were] among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir.
Isaiah 3:18-24 In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of [their] tinkling ornaments [about their feet], and [their] cauls, and [their] round tires like the moon, ... And it shall come to pass, [that] instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; [and] burning instead of beauty.
Isaiah 52:1 Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.
Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh [himself] with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth [herself] with her jewels.
Jeremiah 2:32 Can a maid forget her ornaments, [or] a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number.
Jeremiah 4:30 And [when] thou [art] spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; [thy] lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life.
Ezekiel 16:7-13 I have caused thee to multiply as the bud of the field, and thou hast increased and waxen great, and thou art come to excellent ornaments: [thy] breasts are fashioned, and thine hair is grown, whereas thou [wast] naked and bare. ... 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.
Ezekiel 23:40 And furthermore, that ye have sent for men to come from far, unto whom a messenger [was] sent; and, lo, they came: for whom thou didst wash thyself, paintedst thy eyes, and deckedst thyself with ornaments,
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Gn 24:22, 47, 53. Ex 3:22; 32:2; 33:4; 35:22; 38:8. 2K 9:30. Es 5:1. Ps 45:9. Is 3:18; 52:1; 61:10. Jr 2:32; 4:30. Ezk 16:7; 23:40. Ro 12:2. 1Ti 2:9. Tit 2:3.

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