Garments were originally provided by God for Adam and Eve. Kings and priests were given special garments. God’s people should neither be unduly anxious about how they dress, nor judge others by what they wear. Inner clothing is more important than outer adornment.
The hem or corner of a garmentRu 3:9 The corner of a garment spread over a person denotes protection and possession. Touching or taking hold of the corner of a garment indicates putting oneself under the control or domination of another:Zec 8:23; Mt 9:20 pp Lk 8:44; Jn 20:17Cutting or tearing off the corner of someone else’s garment indicates rebellion or a desire to break away from their control or authority:1Sa 15:27; 1Sa 24:4-5Tearing one’s own garments is a sign of mourning or distress:Ge 37:29,34; Ge 44:13; Lev 10:6 2Sa 3:31
Provision of rich clothing a picture of God’s love
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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