Beautiful on the Inside and Outside
Today I am going to go boldly where no man dares to go. I am going to give a list of Bible verses about beauty.
It is not my desire, nor my heart, to cause anyone pain or cause anyone to compare themselves with someone or something else. Instead, it is my desire to cause men and women to think about what is truly a balanced approach to the subject of beauty.
Too long in our society have we gone to one of two extremes. Either beauty is magnified above its God-given role of being a gift to a woman’s husband, or it is vilified as being unspiritual or worldly. Neither of these extremes is taught in the Bible but are both a symptom of an unhealthy values system.
My grandmother used to say that “Beauty was only skin deep but ugly goes clear to the bone.” She was right! My uncle used to say that “A little paint never hurt any old barn.” As blunt as that is, He was right also!
So I am going to go out on a limb and give you a list of verses about beauty that hopefully will cause you to think and maybe bring some correction to some bad teaching or unhealthy attitudes you have allowed to take root in your life.
Bible Verses About Beauty Showing You Are God’s Creation.
You must understand if you are going to have a proper perspective about beauty that beauty is first and foremost in the eyes of the beholder and that beholder is God.
Your value, your worth, and your beauty rating is not given to you by men or other people, but your value and worth are given to you by God Himself.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
You guided my conception and formed me in the womb.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
“The LORD formed me from the beginning, before he created anything else.
Scriptures About Outer Beauty
And sure enough, when Abram arrived in Egypt, everyone noticed Sarai’s beauty.
to bring Queen Vashti to him with the royal crown on her head. He wanted the nobles and all the other men to gaze on her beauty, for she was a very beautiful woman.
Hegai was very impressed with Esther and treated her kindly. He quickly ordered a special menu for her and provided her with beauty treatments. He also assigned her seven maids specially chosen from the king’s palace, and he moved her and her maids into the best place in the harem.
For your royal husband delights in your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.
Rebekah was very beautiful and old enough to be married, but she was still a virgin. She went down to the spring, filled her jug, and came up again.
There was no sparkle in Leah’s eyes, but Rachel had a beautiful figure and a lovely face.
1 Samuel 25:3
This man’s name was Nabal, and his wife, Abigail, was a sensible and beautiful woman. But Nabal, a descendant of Caleb, was crude and mean in all his dealings.
Song of Solomon 4:7
You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way.
Song of Solomon 7:6
Oh, how beautiful you are! How pleasing, my love, how full of delights!
Verses That Warn About Seeking Beauty Alone
A beautiful woman who lacks discretion is like a gold ring in a pig’s snout.
Don’t lust for her beauty. Don’t let her coy glances seduce you.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised.
Bible Verses About Inner Beauty
1 Timothy 2:9-11
9 And I want women to be modest in their appearance. They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes. 10 For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do.
1 Peter 3:3-5
3 Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. 4 You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. 5 This is how the holy women of old made themselves beautiful. They trusted God and accepted the authority of their husbands.
Loyalty makes a person attractive. It is better to be poor than dishonest.
Final Thoughts About Beauty
As you can see there is a balance concerning beauty in the Bible.
On the one hand, there is to be a primary focus on inner beauty, but that is not to the exclusion of outer beauty, and yet men are warned not to just look at outer beauty because if outer beauty lacks inner beauty it is deceptive.
When it comes down to it, you are God’s workmanship first and foremost. How you display that workmanship is up to you.
Whether or not God is pleased with your beauty is all that matters. Your outward beauty is meant to please God and your husband or potential husband.
Your inward beauty is meant to be the verification that your outward beauty is not deceptive but genuine. Your inner beauty will shine through long after your outer beauty has faded with time.