All my life growing up I dressed in the Holiness look. Super long hair, no jewelry etc, for wedding bands, skirts or dresses, no make up and so forth. I remember to this day at 32 years old when I first wore shorts, bought my first pair of pants, and got my ears pierced.
I also remember why I did it all and now I regret it more than ever that I caved to peer pressure.
First off I want to give you some references to look up in the Bible after all the Bible is the word we are learning from and trying to follow correct?
1 Corinthians, Chapter 11; 14-16 – The basic rule that is referenced to read. – “Does not nature itself teach you that if a man indeed has long hair, it is a disrespect to him? And if a woman has long hair, it is an esteem to her, because the long hair has been given to her over against a veil. If, however, anyone seems to be contentious (causing to have an argument), we do not have such a habit, nor do the assemblies of Elohim”.
Did you know……The word “hair” is mentioned 64 times. The word “hairs” is mentioned 15 times. Some of the references in relation to the word hair also refer to animal hair.
We will now see the verses that particularly refer to “hair length” from the Scriptures in its chronological order.
Numbers 6:5 -“All the days of the vow (Nazirite) of his separation a razor does not come upon his head. Until the days are completed for which he does separate himself to YHWH, he is set apart. He shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow long”.
2 Samuel 14:26 – “And when he cut the hair of his head, for it was at every year’s end that he cut it because it was heavy on him, when he cut it, he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred sheqels by the sovereign’s weight”.
Ezekiel 44:20 – “And their heads they shall not shave, nor shall they let their hair grow long, they shall keep their hair well-trimmed.”
John 11:2 – “Now it was Miryam who anointed the Master with perfume and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Elazar was sick”.
On with my story.. I was constantly asked “Are you Amish?” “Are you in a cult?” “Why do you wear dresses all the time?
“You look so old fashioned!”. And the list goes on to an extent I don’t care to reflect on it any more. Just remember how cruel kids are and some ignorant adults are! Yes, they had their fair share to say too! My whole family picked on me ALL THE TIME TOO!!! SERIOUSLY!!!
My first pair of shorts, was a red jumper set kind of like Left Eye Lopez would wear in the 90’s. Man when those were given to me I wore them ever chance I could because of the acceptance I got and Ooohs and Aaahhhs, do I see those people any more? NO! Then I stopped wearing them and went back to the right way. And the pressure started. I guess because the external problems with my dad being really sick and my mom basically a single mother she just got tired of hearing me getting picked on. And two weeks after my father passed away I bought my first pair of pants, in the 90’s it was the trend to get the baggy jeans. My best friend at the time went in with me and helped me pick them out, I walked out in them and again The Attention….. I wore these to my birthday held after my fathers passing and never stopped from there on.
See the devil works just like a child works to get his way.. Centimeter by millimeter, inched by inched, and then run a million miles with it before you blink and notice.
I then got my ears pierced at 18-19 years old at WalMart. Why? I really don’t know honestly I don’t wear them often anymore. Then when I got married I went to get my hair trimmed a little and it ended up to my shoulders and never been as long as it once was… But I am changing that now.
See I know now the importance of NOT playing with the Worlds approved look of appearance..
I don’t know about you but I want to stand out from the world. I don’t want to look nothing like it anymore, I don’t need the worlds approval anymore, I want to minimize the distractions between me and getting closer to GOD, I don’t want too look good to the world I want to look good to GOD, and I want my husband to think I am beautiful with out the make up and jewelry.
Some history and Biblical References: Please read this and validate it by opening up the word.
How do you measure the length of a woman’s hair? In ancient Biblical times, women used to not cut their hair. Hair length in women was always based on the length of her arm (see Figure 5). Why do you think women in Asia and in the Middle East have long hair (based on their arm length)? The reason being, it is passed from one generation to another that women must have long hair.
Why do women these days in Western countries have short hair?
The reason being, they have embraced the lifestyle of prostitutes without even knowing that years ago people used to identity a prostitute (whore) by short hair. Even though these are harsh words directed to a woman, the truth cannot be hidden. Ask your great grandparents what did the word flapper mean? The word flapper means prostitute. Why did it mean prostitute? Because these women used to cut their hair short to identify themselves as prostitutes. That is why in 1920s if women had short hair they used to wear a beautiful hat, so that they would not be identified as prostitutes or as a flapper.
For instance the Encyclopedia Wikipedia says, “flappers were a new breed of young Western women in the 1920s who wore short skirts, bobbed (shortened/cut) their hair, listened to jazz, and flaunted (display) their disdain (contempt) for what was then considered acceptable behavior. Flappers were seen as brash for wearing excessive makeup, drinking, treating sex in a casual manner, smoking, driving automobiles, and otherwise flouting (openly disregard) social and sexual norms.”
Have you noticed that, in the 20th century, all women prisoners in many countries had their hair shaved off or had very short hair? This was a punishment prescribed by law in many countries. Many pagan religions around the world practice short hair on women, like Buddhist monks and other religions. The question that women need to ask themselves is: do you want to be a part of this custom that originates from paganism?
We can see that over time, as a society, our norms have degraded. What is evil we say is good. What is good we say is evil. In the Israelite custom, when the hair of a woman was too long and was not manageable, they used to measure the hair using their arm length and excess hair was cut off. This is the same custom that is followed in many countries in Asia and in the Middle East.
It is natural for women to have long hair, as this is how you were created by YHWH. While today’s society teaches that short hair on women is the accepted standard, the Scriptures and the traditions of our forefathers and patriarchs teach us that long hair is the beauty of women.
Understanding Length in Biblical times
In Biblical times the measures of length originated from the human body. In many cultures around the world, people still use fingers, hand, arm, and foot to define length. For example, people living in countries like India and Egypt still use hand/foot measurements to define length. These measures vary between every person based on their height, weight and physique.
In ancient Israel length was classified as following:
- Finger-breadth – In Hebrew it is called “Etzba.” A fingerbreadth has the width of an adult human finger. For example, the phrase two fingers of whiskey refer to the amount of whiskey that would fill a glass to the level of two fingers wrapped around the glass at the bottom.
- Palm – In Hebrew it is called “Tefah” or “Tefach.” A palm breadth is based on the breadth of a human hand without the thumb and fingers measured from the fist.
- Span – In Hebrew it is called “Zeret.” A span is the distance measured from the tip of the thumb to the tip of the little finger.
- Ell- In Hebrew it is called “Amah.” An ell is the length of arm from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger.
- Mile – In Hebrew it is called “Mil.” Mil is the distance walked in 18 minutes.
- Parsa – In Hebrew it is called “Parasa.” Parasa is the distance walked in 72 minutes.
Make Up and Jewelry…
1 Timothy 2: 9-11 9. In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness [reserved and bashful] and sobriety; not with broided [elaborate] hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly [expensive] array [clothing]; 10. But (which becometh women professing godliness ) with good works. 11. Let the woman learn in subjection.
Satan’s Eden – 65-0829
Notice, it was Eve that Satan used to make Adam sin by her power of lust. Now, doing the same thing today… Notice, bobbed hair, painted faces, sexually dressed (See?), she does that, and don’t know that every one of those things is contrary to the Word of God. To cut her hair makes her a dishonorable woman, a prostitute. To wear shorts puts her disgracefully. Put sexy dresses on her makes her a prostitute, and she don’t know it, not because of the holiness of God; because the lust of Satan.
“Well, there’s no harm in that.” If you love the world or the things of the world, it’s because the love of God’s not even in you.”
Biblical stories of women who adorn jewelry and Make Up
Bathsheba, told in 2 Samuel 11
Delilah ~ Judges 16:4-21
Salome ~ Mark 6:14-29, Matthew 14:1-12 She deceived Solomon
Jezebel ~ 1 Kings 16:29-34, 18:17-40, 19:1-3; the episode of Naboth’s vineyard 1 Kings 21:1-16; the death of Jezebel and her family 1 Kings 22:29-40, 2 Kings 9:21-28, 9:30-37
Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works.
And you, O desolate one, what do you mean that you dress in scarlet, that you adorn yourself with ornaments of gold, that you enlarge your eyes with paint? In vain you beautify yourself. Your lovers despise you; they seek your life.
Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.
8 – 9.6 cms
24 – 28.8 cms
48 – 57.6 cms
960 – 1152 meters