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What Is Biblical Modesty

What does the word "modesty" mean to you as a Christian? Does it mean that we shouldn't show off jewelry? Abilities? Skin? Whatever your position, please use scripture and your interpretation of that scripture to back up your position.

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Thanks for all of your responses.
---amand6348 on 6/7/09

Modesty is the opposite of the following emphasized words:
"Moreover the LORD saith,.. the daughters of Zion are 'haughty'-arrogant-, and 'walk with stretched forth necks'-exalting and [advertising themselves]- and 'wanton eyes',-flirtatious, or impertinent- walking and 'mincing'-switching seductively- [as] they go, and 'making a tinkling with their feet':-(calling attention to themselves). And, behold, there met him a woman [with] the 'attire of an harlot'-revealing and enticing-, and 'subtil'-cunning and seductive- of heart"-as seat of inward motives, emotions and passions. Isa 3:16>Pro 7:1
Bottom line, "Modesty" is a sense of shame, honor, bashfulness, reverence for God, regard for others and respect for oneself.
---josef on 5/24/09


1. The state or quality of being modest.
2. Reserve or propriety in speech, dress, or behavior.
3. Lack of pretentiousness, simplicity.
---Carla3939 on 5/23/09

modesty latin date of first use 1575
humility latin date of first use 1275
well john seems like both those dates were way after the words of the bible were spoken and written down.They are translated words used by for the word meek point is neither words were used by hebrewswhen they wrote the bible hundreds of years before the kj version
---tom2 on 5/23/09

when you read the word modest,or humbleness,or humility in the bible you are reading translated words john. Not the original word used by jesus,or moses,or any of the original period people within scripture.
---tom2 on 5/23/09

the pharisees 'look down' on the sinners. they exalted their holiness. to be modest is not to 'look down' on others. that is where humility comes in.

as far as abilities is concerned, you just do your job & not call others stupid or degrading comments. you can also emulate others who have better abilities than you have.

showing off means that people have emotional or psychological problems. that is where they get security by showing off.
---mike on 5/22/09

Nothing in excess.
---tina on 5/22/09

when I see people being paid millions of dollars to play a game .like basketball,baseball,football,golf,whatever. I think of prideful,aka possessions have COMPLETELY taken over our society.jesus didn,t have a place to sleep,but he owned everything.
---tom2 on 5/22/09

Tom2. First you quoted a verse that had modest in it and then you said modest isn't in the Bible. I'm confused, maybe you could explain. Modesty is all through the Bible. It is the result of humility.
---john on 5/21/09

Modest is not a word used within the bible.Humility,or being humble is.also being a servant to all.Jesus spoke about those who would be first must be last. Thats why he washed the feet of his disciples.
---tom2 on 5/21/09

1 timothy 2-9 is the one that I pertains to women dressing modesty,and not adorning themselves with jewelry.
---tom2 on 5/21/09

Should we show off our abilities? Well, I'd say we should not try to make ourselves look better than ones who do not have the abilities we have, but we need to use our abilities to help and share with others > "As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." (1 Peter 4:10) And we love our neighbor as ourselves, by sharing the benefit of our abilities with others, and not just secretly using our abilitites only for ourselves. But do this humbly > Jesus is "lowly in heart", He says in Matthew 11:29 > so, Jesus Himself is *humble*, and so His gifts are humble . . . not for conceited status, but for caring and sharing.
---Bill_bila5659 on 5/21/09

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