Lord’s Library editors answer the question “What does the Bible say about appearance?” with specific Bible references.
Have you ever asked yourself the question “What does the Bible say about appearance?” If you have, you’re definitely not alone! And since the Bible helps Christians form a foundational understanding of important topics, it’s imperative that one know how Scripture describes appearance in different contexts. The Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines appearance as “The act of coming into sight; the act of becoming visible to the eye; as, his sudden appearance surprised me.”App
Now armed with a basic definition of appearance, Lord’s Library editors thought it would be a helpful exercise to provide Biblical context. As a result, we compiled this short resource which captures all notable mentions of the word appearance, as well as its other forms. If you’ve been wondering what the King James Bible says about appearance, scroll on for additional detail.
Note: If you want to know what the Bible says about appearance and 206 other important topics (to be exact), our editors recommend Spencer Smith’s Doctrine Matters: Bible Topic Guidebook.
What Does the Bible Say About Appearance?
1 Thessalonians 5:22
“Abstain from all appearance of evil.”
“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
2 Corinthians 10:7
“Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ’s, even so are we Christ’s.”
2 Corinthians 5:12
“For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7
“But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”
“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.”
1 Timothy 2:9-10
“In 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; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.”
“Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.”
“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.”
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