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What does Adorned mean in the Bible?

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The definition of adorned according to Oxford Languages is, “to make beautiful or attractive.”

The definition of Adorned according to dictionary.com is, “to decorate or add beauty to, as by ornaments: garlands of flowers adorning their hair. to make more pleasing, attractive, impressive, etc.; enhance.”

Adorned is a verb. A verb is an action word. You can do the action of adorning something by making something beautiful. Adorn is pronounced /əˈdôrn/ or /Ah-door-n/,

The synonyms of Adorned is embellish, decorate, furnish, improve, and highlight.

The antonyms of Adorned is to strip and disfigure.

What does adorned mean in the Bible?

It means to make your heart beautiful. Spiritual adornment is the act of making your heart beautiful with hope, faith, joy, kindness, love, and other holy characteristic traits. You can read 38+ characteristic traits of Godly woman here.

Adornment in the Bible is a standard of holiness for children of God. We are all called to make ourselves beautiful with heavenly treasures! Similarly, the disciple Peter mentions that Sarah, Abraham’s wife, adorned herself with the true riches of heaven – faith, love, patience, and self-confidence in 1 Peter 3:3-6:

 "Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear."  

8 Adornments In the Bible:

  1. Receive salvation
  2. Be compassionate
  3. Practice Kindness
  4. Remove pride and be humble
  5. Exude gentleness and kindness
  6. Be patient towards others
  7. Love God with all your heart
  8. Read the word and store it up in your heart

Related Article: 6 Steps to Know God Intimately + Verses!

Adorned Verses in the Bible:

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12

"For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation." Psalms 149:4

“Adorn yourself with majesty and splendor, and clothe yourself with honor and glory.” Job 40:10

Adorned In A Sentence

Here is the usage of Adorned in a sentence so you can understand the meaning:

  1. Sheila adorned her cup with stickers.
  2. Faith adorned her face with makeup.
  3. Hope adorned her heart with the riches of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  4. An adorned heart is made beautiful with the treasures of Heaven.

What does the Bible say about spiritual adornment?

The definition of spiritual adornment is the act of becoming more beautiful and attractive by allowing God to live within you.

Spiritual adornment starts with saying yes to Jesus Christ. Once we become a bride of Christ, He begins a process of purifying us internally and making us spotless for the day of His return. Without supernatural intervention, it is impossible to stay pure in this DARK and painful world. “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: …. to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27

The world is full of pain. And you will start noticing it more when you’re more healed and God gives you more discernment. The very people that you will try to bring into God’s goodness may be the very people that hurt you. Betrayal, heartbreak, disappointment, and different life situations will try to corrupt your heart with pain. Think of all Jesus went through to simple forgive the sins of man. He didn’t deserve it.

Ultimately, you cannot be a good person DAILY without the blood that Jesus shed for you. Striving for perfection and transformation without God is pointless. When we try to adorn ourselves or make ourselves more spiritual we fail. But, when we allow God to discipline, teach, and transform us He adorns us with eternal treasures – love, peace, freedom, grace, discernment, kindness, humility, forgiveness, etc.

By dying to your flesh, God’s spirit can thrive within you:
1. 5 Tips Dying To Self: If we are selfish then God cannot flow through us fully. As we embrace him, we are able to experience his selfless love surging throughout our whole mind, body, and spirit.
2. 5 Tips to Imitate Jesus: Jesus shows us how to live with a pure heart.
3. 7 Causes of Pride: How to be More Humble!
4. Carnally Minded: 7 Biblical Tips to Purity!

Outward Adornment Meaning:

When Jesus came he pointed out that the Pharisees were a perfect example of what outward or external adornment means. They were good at following rituals and praying out loud. But, their hearts were evil and filled with sin. They only did holy things to LOOK holy.

Ezekiel 16 talks about how God adorned the Israelites with everything they needed, yet they still didn’t give God their hearts. This scripture verse demonstrates that God can give you EVERYTHING you need, but when our hearts are corrupt we will eventually use it for our own selfishness.

"So you were adorned with gold and silver, and your clothing was made of fine linen, silk, and embroidered cloth. You ate fine flour, honey, and oil. You became very beautiful and rose to be queen. Your fame spread among the nations on account of your beauty, for it was perfect in the splendor I bestowed on you, declares the Lord GOD. But because of your fame, you trusted in your beauty and played the harlot." -- Read the whole chapter here.

What is Adorned Heart?

Adorned Heart is a nonprofit which focuses on empowering women to be the best versions of themselves.

Ultimately, Adorned Heart seeks to encourage women to grow inwardly beautiful and then show others how to be just as beautiful inside. Women are powerful and important agents of change in this world. We believe that through our roles as parents, wives, girlfriends, friends, etc. women can promote a lifestyle that can heal the world. A lifestyle that says that loving yourself and being the best person possible is beautiful.

We believe that the most powerful women are in love with God and who they are. So, Let Your Light Shine and Brighten Up This Dark World!

Inner Adornment Causes You to SHINE!

When Jesus came, he told to renew our mind and submit for the purification of our hearts. Jesus didn’t just ask us to do this, but he left the Holy Spirit to help us AND he modeled purity of heart and character to us. He had an adorned heart. His heart was filled with mercy, patience, and everything that produces Godliness. Here are 5 tips to be more like Jesus!

"Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine as lights in the world as you hold forth the word of life, in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain." Matthew 5:14–16

Christina Daniels is the founder of Adorned Heart. She is devoted to learning about human behavior and its affects on society. She received a B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Public Policy. She hopes to use her life and academic experience to empower & heal the hearts of women!


  • Sandrs

    Absolutely Great message and words of wisdom hope and encouragement From the messenger and the word it self A great cleansing

    • Christina Daniels

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this article. Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with. xoxo Christina

  • Eddy Jay

    Should we not wear jewellery at all ? And what about pants?
    Should Women wear pants ?
    And should we not braid our hair?
    As in Cornrows and box braids?

    Or all of these doesn’t matter if our heart is adorned?

    Pls help , I’ve been searching for these answers for a long time now

    • Christina Daniels

      Hello Eddy,

      Thanks for asking these important questions. I will work on officially adding a detailed response to your questions on this post. In the mean time, I have stated my opinion and collected these amazing sources to help you navigate your questions.

      1. I think we are called to dress in a manner that sets us apart, but our heart is the most important part of being different to the world. If we are dressing modest, but we are judging others and filled with pride… We are only seeking to look good to others and not God. But, I strongly believe that women shouldn’t be wearing clothing that purposely elicits a sexual response or shows our boobs & butt.
      2. In the Bible, the Jewish men wore togas which can be considered a style similar to a dress. But, male togas were not considered female at the time. So, we have to understand that the Bible was written to instruct us not to purposely try to look like or dress like the opposite gender. God created us female and male; there is a sense of pride we should show in honoring that design. However, that can look a bit different and unique for each woman/male depending on their culture and choice of style.
      3. Also, We should not be conform to what the culture is promoting as beautiful OR overdo things to draw attention to ourselves. When someone meets us our character should be more shiny than our jewelry and more memorable than our clothing. So yes — I believe woman are able to wear jewelry, braids, and pants.

      Modesty in the Bible: https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/the-meaning-of-modesty-in-the-bible.html
      5 Things the Bible Does (and Doesn’t) Say About Modesty: https://www.cbeinternational.org/resource/article/mutuality-blog-magazine/5-things-bible-does-and-doesnt-say-about-modesty

      In summary, there is nothing inherently wrong with wearing jewelry, makeup, or braided hair, as long as it is done in a modest manner. Also, such things can never replace good deeds or a humble spirit. A Christian woman should not be so focused on her outward appearance that she neglects her spiritual life. A worship service should be focused on God, not on us. If a woman is spending an inordinate amount of time and money on her appearance, the problem is that the woman’s priorities are misplaced. Expensive jewelry and clothing are the results of the problem, not the problem itself.
      Read more on this article: Should Christian women wear makeup, jewelry, braided hair, etc.? https://www.gotquestions.org/women-makeup.html

      Xoxo Christina Daniels

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