VIII.19. What Does the Bible Say About Men Wearing Earrings?

Question:  I see so many men and boys wearing earrings anymore, it makes me wonder if there is anything in the Bible about this, pro or con?

Answer:  Yes, there are several references in the Bible concerning earrings. One reference, where there appears to be nothing wrong with a woman wearing bracelets or earrings is found in Genesis 24. Abraham had sent his servants out to find a wife (Rebekah) for his son, Isaac. Upon finding her, they gave her an earring and bracelets for her hands. (Genesis 24:22,30,47). The references including men wearing earrings are almost universally associated with idolatry, heathen worship, immorality, homosexuality, etc. Here are some examples:

  1. When Jacob was backslidden he went and dwelt in Shalem, a city in Canaan. (Genesis 33:18,19). This caused a lot of trouble, as his family got mixed up with the heathen. (Genesis 34). God met him and told him to go back to Bethel. (Genesis 35:1). Jacob’s household and all that were with him were now worshipping false gods and dressing like the heathen. Here are Jacob’s words:

“And Jacob said unto his household and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and CHANGE YOUR GARMENTS. (2) And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their (men and women) EARRINGS which were in their ears…” - Genesis 35:2,4

  1. In Exodus 32, earrings are also associated with wor-shipping false gods, being worn by the wives, daughters, and SONS. In Exodus 32:1,2 the people said,

“...Make us gods,...as for this Moses,... we wot not what is become of him. (1)” And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your SONS, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me(2)."

How many young men we see today who are wearing earrings, nose rings, and attaching ornaments to their pierced tongues, lips, eyelids, breast and navels.

In Isaiah 3:20 the word “earrings” comes from a Hebrew word which is a prime root and means “to whisper, implying a spell as a magician; also a charmer or enchantment.” This is nothing more than demonism. As you read in Isaiah from Chapter 2:5 to Chapter 3:26, you will find that the people of Israel had forsaken God (2:6); they were lofty and filled with pride (2:12). They were idol worshippers (2:18,20); and many were homosexuals and lesbians (3:9).

Today, this revived practice appears again in the “Hippie” movement of the 60’s and 70’s; with their godless hard rock music, liquor, sex, and drugs. A person’s thinking is revealed by the way they present themselves in their talk, mannerisms, and the way they dress. God’s instruction to the Christian is found in Romans 12:1,2,

“…that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

What Does The Bible Say About Men Wearing Earrings?

(Asked The Second Time.)

I have been asked this question often. In Judges 8, Gideon had led Israel to victory over the Ishmaelites. These were men of war (the Ishmaelites) and were wearing golden earrings. Gideon’s army had taken these from their “prey.” Notice Verse 24,

“And Gideon said unto them, I would desire a request of you, that ye would give me every man the earrings of his prey. (For they had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.)”

From Psalm 83:1-6 we learn that the Ishmaelites were enemies and haters of God (Verse 2). They hated God’s people, Israel (Verse 3), and they wanted to destroy them as a nation (Verses 4,5). Here, again, earrings are worn by men who want nothing to do with God or His people.

Another very interesting account of men wearing earrings is recorded in the Book of Job, Chapter 42. After all Job’s adversity, testings and trials,

“…The LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.” (10) THEN CAME there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before…” (11a)

The question we ask is, Why did not his so-called acquaintances, and his brothers and sisters come to comfort Job for the Lord during his trials when he needed their encouragement; instead of waiting until they were over and God had doubly blessed him? It appears they thought the God Job worshipped was an evil god. God records their thoughts as Verse 11 continues,

 “…And they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him…”

Their comfort was not God-centered; but, only sympathy for Job for the “evil his God had done to him.” Isn’t it interesting they never made mention or praised the true Jehovah God for blessing Job doubly after his trials. The reason is…Job’s brothers and sisters were unbelievers!

Since Job’s brothers, sisters, and friends were unbelievers, this accounts for why Job interceded and prayed continually for all his sons and daughters. (Job 1:2,5). He, no doubt, was afraid of the influence his unbelieving brothers and sisters might have on his sons and daughters when he wasn’t present. This is why he,

“…offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.”

WHY? Because of his God-denying brothers, sisters, and other acquaintances. Now, back to Job 42:11 where Job’s brothers and sisters brought him, “every one an earring of gold.” Once more we have men also wearing earrings who are unbelievers.

There is nothing wrong that we find with women using cosmetics with a right motive. 1 Timothy 2:9 says,

“In like manner also, that women adorn (Greek “kosmeo,” our English “cosmetics”) themselves in modest apparel…”

And, of course, we must also mention the possibility of men and women engaging in the popular pastime of "cross-dressing."

“The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garments: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.” (Deuteronomy 22:5).

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