Uncovering Modesty: Finding “Modest” in the Bible (Part 1)

Studying modesty in the Bible

The topic of modesty in the Bible has so many facets that I felt a bit overwhelmed when deciding where to begin my study. Then I laughed and told myself, “Hey! You’re studying modesty. Why not start with that word?” Strong’s Concordance informed me that “modesty” is not used in the Bible, but “modest” is. So that is where I started. The word modest is found only once.

I Timothy 2:9In 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;

There you have it.… Read the rest

Uncovering Modesty: Laying the Foundation

Now that you know why I’m doing this study, I need to share how I’ll be conducting my study.

I will use the following resources.

  • Holy Bible (King James Version)
  • Strong’s Concordance – primarily used for cross reference purposes and to find out what word was used; another blog’s article helped me understand the correct and incorrect ways to use a concordance
  • Hebrew or Greek Lexicon – to learn the definitions of words used in the language in which the Bible was written
  • Webster’s 1828 Dictionary – the English language has changed quite a bit since the King James Version was translated; the 1828 dictionary will help me better understand what the translators intended to convey with the words they chose

I discovered blueletterbible.org, which combines in one place nearly all my desired tools along with others.… Read the rest

Uncovering Modesty: Introduction

Modesty… Preachers preach about it, writers write about it, and people argue about it. Why am I adding my thoughts to the multitudes of thoughts that have already been voiced on this topic? What could I possibly have to say that hasn’t been said already?

To answer those questions, I’ll need to share my relationship with modesty.

I grew up in a very conservative Christian home, and modesty has been part of my life for as long as I can remember.… Read the rest