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Head Covering of Women in the Bible

Compiled by Sh. Mansour Leghaei

Old Testament

Women shall not wear men’s clothing.
“The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.” Deuteronomy 22:5

Head covering before strange men.
“And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the
camel. For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a veil, and covered herself.” Gen. 24:64, 65

A Jewish woman’s head was covered
“ And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man’s wife go aside, and commit a trespass against him … and the priest shall set the woman before the Lord, and uncover the woman’s head.” Numbers 5:11-18

The Extent of head covering in Judaism
“Kimhit, the mother of seven sons who successively held the office of high priest, was once asked by what merit of hers she was so blessed in her sons. Because, she said: the beams of my home have never seen my hair.” TALMÛD, YOMA 47a

New Testament

Young women must stay at home:
“But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: that (the aged women) may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their husbands, that the word of God not be blasphemed.” Titus 2: 1-5

Modest Dress
“Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity… In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; but (which becometh women profession godliness) with good works.” I Timothy: 2:7-10

Women be in Silence
“Let the women learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.” I Timothy 2: 11-14

Let her wear a veil
“ For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered… Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.” I Corinthians 11: 6:15

Modest Look
“You have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if they right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of they members should perish, and not that they whole body should be cast into hell.” Matt 5: 27-29

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