What Did Sarah Adorn Herself With?

What Did Sarah Adorn Herself With?

We know from the Bible that Sarah, Abraham’s wife, was a beautiful woman. What did she adorn herself with? Did she wear her hair in a special way? What about her clothing? Was it made from the finest material? Did she wear the most beautiful jewelry and the best makeup? We aren’t told any of these things but we are told exactly how she adorned herself, and if you’ve ever been around women who adorn themselves in the same way, they are indeed beautiful women.

The following was written by @makewomenhoodbiblicalagain on Instagram.

We women talk so much about beauty – what it is, what it isn’t. Did you know the Bible tells us EXACTLY how to make ourselves beautiful? In fact, first we’re told what beauty isn’t, and then we’re told what it is.

In 1 Peter 3, we’re told that our beauty should not MERELY be external, but should be “the hidden person of the heart.” There should be more about us that’s beautiful than just our physical looks. BUT, THEN! It says HOW we should make ourselves beautiful. Know what it says?

“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.”

Whoa! Think about that: of ALL the ways God could have told women to adorn themselves, He chose this! I don’t know about you, but I think this is deeply profound. And it’s amazingly and inexpressibly beautiful to me. God TOLD US HOW. He told us what’s beautiful to Him! We don’t have to guess. He went out of His way to say specifically this. How precious and priceless! This excited me so much!

I have never heard this even so much as mentioned, much less taught, in even ONE Christian women’s talk on beauty. Very interesting…

Want to be beautiful? Be subject to, submit yourself to (Greek word “hupotasso,” a Roman military term meaning to “arrange yourself under”) the authority of your husband!

For unmarried women, the preceding verses about a “meek and quiet spirit” being considered “in the sight of God of great price” certainly still apply. The phrasing there for “meek and quiet” doesn’t speak of a timid personality, but rather of a peaceful spirit – the opposite of worried, anxious, stressed-out, and embattled – resting in the hope she has in her God.

Do you find this as exciting as I did back when I first discovered it? How incredible of our good God to speak to us, His daughters, so personally.

 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 amazement.
1 Peter 3:1-6

***Sarah adorned herself with submission to her husband and you are her daughters if you do likewise. Do you adorn yourself with submission to your husband? Do you try to please him? Do you do what he asks you to do without hesitation? Do you allow him to make the decisions for your family without fighting him? Do you follow his leadership in a respectful way without arguing with him? Do you show him reverence by the way you speak to him and treat him? If so, you are adorning yourself with submission.

26 thoughts on “What Did Sarah Adorn Herself With?

  1. Amen! The bible is straight forward and clear on this. In general the bible preaches how the inward is more precious than the outward. As a guy I can tell you it doesn’t matter how beautiful a woman is on the outside if she doesn’t have a meek, quiet, submissive spirit on the inside. Worldly beauty fades but Godly beauty is imperishable.

  2. I’m reading about two women who are working to change the Statute of Limitations on Sexual Assault…

    And Succeeding.

    The Boys Scouts is Done, Catholic Church is Done and when they take down the Catholic Church, nothing else will survive

    I don’t know Lori, I think there’s a lot to be learned from your enemies.

    The question is…Why aren’t OUR Christian women making Laws the way these women are?

    How is it that Two women , can do so much damage?

    I personally think Christian women need to get a little more militant….not on the feminist side…but on the destroying feminism side.

    Fight or Die.

    Guys, look at what’s going on in your state regarding Statute of Limitations of Sexual Assault.

    These laws are being used to destroy the Catholic Church, and we should all be fighting against it.

  3. We destroy feminism by obeying God. We live in submission to our husbands, bear children and raise them as keepers at home, and speak the truth in love to whomever will listen. It’s all a spiritual battle being waged in the heavenlies. We fight this with spiritual weaponry: prayer, speaking the truth in love, and modeling godliness to others.

  4. Very wise indeed! I wish I had truly understood God’s command to wives when I married 37 years ago. But I am thankful that God has been gracious to me and given me His truth about biblical womanhood and blessed our marriage. I must confess though it wasn’t until I repented and submitted to obeying God’s will in submitting to my husband that the Lord healed our fractured marriage and blessed us with the beauty and glory of a loving marriage!

    I pray more older woman will be courageous in teaching the blessed Truth to the younger women to love their children by giving themselves to them and submitting to their husbands and honoring them as unto the Lord and keeping the home by being home and working in it.
    I thank God for your faithfulness Lori.

  5. I agree Lori, when we submit to and obey our husbands in everything and put our complete trust in their leadership and decisions, we lift them up and they become stronger and more confident godly men out there fighting the good fight by taking care of their families while we stay home where we belong. I believe that is how we as wives can help destroy feminism. Because I am openly and publicly submissive and obedient to my husband I have been asked before if I have the ability to think for myself. Of course I do, but since I obey my husband in everything and trust his teaching and decision making completely, I really don’t have to think about much! If that is not being “beautifully adorned” then I don’t know what is!!

  6. I think it’s too late for a spiritual battle.

    If this Statute of Limitations thing takes down the Catholic Church. That’s it. It’s over.

    Someone said something snotty but scary to me the other day…They said something along the lines of…

    “The Christians breeding is just creating more people for our side when we turn the kids.”

  7. If every stay-at-home mom, every church, every Christian stormed their State Legislators (the ones that passed the Statute of Limitations Bills) like the Left has done with their Civil Rights Rallies and BLM etc etc…

    I mean there needs to be a Big Outcry over this. A big one. As Big as We can Make it. Every Christian, Every Traditional Conservative, of Every Denomination.

    This needs to go political because we’re just a few years away from everything being said on this blog being outlawed.

  8. “I’m reading about two women who are working to change the Statute of Limitations on Sexual Assault…
    And Succeeding.
    The Boys Scouts is Done, Catholic Church is Done and when they take down the Catholic Church, nothing else will survive”

    The statutes need to be changed because so many of the child victims take a long time to come forward. Just because you are too afraid to come forward under the current time limit, doesn’t mean you were not abused and that the person responsible should go unpunished.

    Both the Boy Scouts and the Catholic Church should have done better jobs of policing their members so sexual assault never happened in the first place.

    In this day and age, I would not even let my kid go to vacation bible school, let alone any youth activity. I would have one in my own home and invite families to participate together.

  9. OhYouKnowIt’sMe, I don’t understand why it will be all over if the Roman Catholic church is held accountable? God is a God of truth so I don’t understanding what you mean, I hope you don’t mind me asking – I am just a tad confused!
    Thank you,
    Love and Blessings.

  10. If an organization is destroyed due to repeated assaults, it seems the fault of the destruction lies with the members who assault others rather than the victims who reported it.

  11. So you think the church priest should get a “pass” for the deliberate coverup of the abuse of children? Without taking into consideration of how those without money and/or support were targeted? Knowing the families wouldn’t dare say anything and that local law enforcement wouldn’t help them?

    The abuse and coverup is rampant in not just the catholic Church. There is no sympathy for organizations who ignored the needs of the flock in order to save face and money.

  12. If people have been abused by people in a church no matter how many years later, it should be addressed. It’s a blessing that it is coming out now. It gives the perpetrators time and impetus to repent before they meet their Maker and hopefully gives the victims some amount of justice.

    If any church has been wantonly ignoring sin, they will be held accountable. In Revelation the churches who tolerated sin got their candlesticks removed. As a church we should not tolerate sin or cover it up no matter how many years have gone by.

    We cannot expect God to keep us and protect us if we are aligning ourselves with wicked people (which we do if we don’t deal with sin within the church).

  13. The men need to be in public, at City Council Meetings, and School board meetings telling the defiant truth.

    “Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.” – George Washington

    Do you attend your City Council and School Board meetings every single month, and speak? If not, why not?

    Don’t expect the culture to change when men are pusillanimous cowards.

  14. The reason why Christians and Constitutionalists are superior to the left, is not because of our numbers or noise. It’s because right makes might. Relying on God’s order, which states a woman is not to be involved in politics or vote, and is to submit to her husband at home in marriage, will yield victory.

    As Lori’s article above says so well, the greatest beauty a woman has is to submit to God’s will, and that of her husband.

    Conservative women do this, liberal women do not.

  15. It’s probably because they believe the Catholic church is the only ‘true church’. I couldn’t care less if it collapsed. They are heretical and corrupt. Have been from the beginning.

  16. Quite right, Meg.

    Only 2 of the first 204 Christian Founders of America were Catholic, and the Founders were rightly wary about Catholicism, as they feared the Pope would supersede the authority of the Constitution. Their fears are playing out today, as we have a Marxist pope, lecturing Americans on illegal immigration, climate change, and how to ‘love’ sinners, while letting sin run rampant in the church, which is the antinomian heresy. A complete fraud, and Catholics need to leave that church.

    While the American Protestant church is in terrible shape, the American Catholic church is in worse shape, as 90% of Catholics don’t know their Bibles, or American history. How can you learn the Bible when you attend church for one hour every Sunday, and that’s the only hour of the 168 hour week you devote to learning the Bible?

    The Catholic church has been perverting the scriptures since the very beginning, and it was only when Gutenberg printed the Bible, and Luther followed up a few short years later with his 95 Theses, that Western Civilization flourished and blossomed as never before. Because, we had gone back to the Glorious Decree, first given to mankind when Moses came down from Mt. Sinai with the 10 Commandments, that ALL MEN WERE EQUAL UNDER THE LAW, FROM THE GREATEST TO THE LEAST. We all know Catholics don’t do this, and neither do Democrats. It’s impossible to return to this when half of America is functionally illiterate, and 90% of Christians know their televisions more than their Bibles.

    ‘My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge’
    Hosea 4:6

    When all men know the Bible, then we can have liberty again. For, without virtue, which never exists in the absence of a widespread knowledge and application of God’s law, there can be no liberty or freedom.

  17. How refreshing to read a post that focuses on what God says a woman should adorn herself with to be beautiful. Especially with the popular trend of “high-quality Christian” men posting their list of qualities a woman should have(all of them being physical, by the way) Young women should be focusing on adorning themselves with what God says to adorn with to be good marriage material. Men that are looking for a good woman to marry should know this and have this at the top of their “list” of qualities to look for in a woman.

  18. This was refreshing to see. My entire life I struggled with wanting to look beautiful on the outside but I neglected the inner quiet and meek spirit on the inside. My mother is very outspoken and spunky and sometimes brash with her criticism. I thought in my mind that this is how a modern woman should be. But as a believer I know better now. I am not married yet but the wisdom on your site is helping me understand biblical womanhood and marriage in a fresh new way.

  19. Summer,

    You are so right that by trusting in our husbands fully we build them up as leaders of the family. When it comes to decision-making, I give my input to him, then trust in him to make the best decision for the both of us. It’s a team effort as we both give our input, but the input goes through my husband to make the decision.

    A good recommendation I have is to ask at the beginning of the week what his wishes are for the week so you can act on them knowing you’re serving his wishes. For example, what meals he wants cooked, what Bible verses he wants me to study, what he wants prepared for the weekend, etc.

    All the best,


  20. Hupotasso is not a Latin word. I was curious when you used a term that I had never heard in 20 years of reading Latin. Since I have access to an Oxford Latin Dictionary, I looked it up. It is not in there nor is there a similar word (I had wondered if you misspelled it).

    Can you elaborate on what you meant? Or where you got your information?


  21. Hupotasso is a transliteration of the Greek word: ὑποτάσσω (hupotassó) : Most often translated to be “subject to” or “submit.”

    The Latin Translation of the Greek Word is “Subditae”. In the Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible it is translated “to be subject” as in:

    “Let women be subject to their husbands, as to the Lord” (Eph. 5:22).

    It is a Greek Word and not Latin. The Greek NT was later translated into Latin and when it was, they chose exactly the same word to represent it: “subditae.”

  22. Gosh Ellie, our husbands must think on the same track! I am the “ditziest little housewife on the planet” as my husband always jokes with me (lovingly of course!) I have a terrible time staying focused and remembering things, so every Sunday afternoon after church he and I always sit down and we talk about the church service and he answers any questions I have (I don’t speak in church). He also makes a list with me of things he wants me to do for him during the week outside my normal routines, meals he would like and other reminders like dinners we have coming up or when he wants me to travel with him for his work. He works for my dad’s company so my mom and I get to travel with them when it’s convenient. It embarrasses me that I am so forgetful he has to write up a plan for me every week , but he is so loving and understanding I want to do the very best I can to serve him and obey him because he takes such good care of me!

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