posted on May 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm
Many Christian girls have asked whether they can wear pants, because the Bible reads:
A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the LORD your God detests anyone who does this.
This verse has been interpreted a number of ways. Some Christians believe this means women shouldn’t wear pants, because pants are considered men’s clothing. Others explain that men’s and women’s garb in this context refer to trade or business. For example, men should go out and do men’s work and women should stay at home and take care of women’s work.
In an article titled “The Truth About Deuteronomy 22:5,” author Jason Young has his own theory. He writes:
The phrase ‘that which pertaineth,’ or simply the word pertaineth in the King James Version of the Bible, is translated from the Hebrew word keliy, which means ‘article, vessel, implement, or utensil.’ 1. Translators commonly render keliy as weapon, armor or instrument in the Old Testament. The word man, in both the first and last part of Deut 22:5, is the Hebrew word geber meaning ‘man, strong man, or warrior (emphasizing strength or ability to fight).’ 2. It is important to note that this is not the only word for man in Hebrew. Verse 13 of this very same chapter uses the Hebrew word ‘iysh, which is also translated man and means just that – ‘man, male (in contrast to woman, female).’ 3. It is apparent that Moses, when writing Deut 22:5, was quite intentionally not talking about a man in general, but a very specific kind of man – namely, a warrior or soldier. Considering this, perhaps a better translation of this verse would be as follows:
‘The woman shall not put on [the weapons/armor of a warrior], neither shall a [warrior] put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God’ (Jason Young, actseighteen.com).
Personally, I don’t think the verse is very clear. I do believe there’s a much larger, underlying message. Maybe it is as described by Young. Whatever the translation, I’m not convinced the verse is referring to specific types of clothing, but rather, a larger teaching. After all, many historians believe that early users of pants were both men and women.
I’m not going to detail what I believe this verse really means, but I am going to suggest that it doesn’t mean women shouldn’t wear pants.
However, since the Bible is clear about women being modest when dressing, I will offer some tips when shopping for pants. I have two.
- Choose pants that were designed for women.
- Select pants that are modest. For example, pants that are too low cut at the waist or so tight that they look like a layer of skin are just inappropriate. Take a look at the two images below. Both are way too tight and sexy.
The two sets of pants below are more appropriate. They are both wide leg pants that tie at the waist and flair out in a very feminine way.
Straight leg pants are also appropriate. Below are two sets of pants that are both cute and modest.
Images credit: Amazon.com
Whether Christian girls can wear pants is really not the issue. Instead, the focus should be on what style of pant is appropriate for a Christian girl who is devoted to modesty.
PI ladies, do you like to wear pants? What do you think of my picks?
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