We read in 1 Timothy 2:9, 10, “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.”  The Greek word for costly is ‘poluteles’ and means extremely expensive.

The Scriptures do not give us a specific amount of money that we should not exceed when purchasing clothing.  The main message of these verses appears to be that the women should not try to draw attention to themselves.  Instead of being known by their outward appearance, God’s better way is that women should be known by their good works.  Many women cannot afford extremely expensive clothing, but all women can do good works as led by the Holy Spirit.  As we read in 1 Samuel 16:7, “Man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”

Although the instruction in these verses is for women, men can focus too much on their outward appearance as well.  May all of us seek to honor the Lord with our actions and be a blessing to others in all that we do and say.  (216.9)  (DJ)