Dress in good works (1 Tim. 2:10)

“They should dress

With good works,

As is proper

For women

Who profess reverence

For God.”

ἀλλ’ ὃ πρέπει γυναιξὶν ἐπαγγελλομέναις θεοσέβειαν, δι’ ἔργων ἀγαθῶν.

Paul said, “They should dress with good works (δι’ ἔργων ἀγαθῶν), as is proper (ἀλλ’ ὃ πρέπει) for women (γυναιξὶν) who profess (ἐπαγγελλομέναις) reverence for God (θεοσέβειαν).”  Only this letter to Timothy used this unique word θεοσέβειαν, that means fear of God, reverence for God, godliness, or piety.  Paul explained that since they were women who professed reverence to God, they should worry about dressing or adorning themselves with good works.  In other words, these pious women should not worry about what they looked like, but be more concerned about what they were doing in their community.  Were these religious women helping out their community with good works?  After all, they had professed their love for God and Jesus Christ.  Do you wear the good works of Jesus Christ as your clothing?

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