Does the Bible say women should not wear pants?

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“The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God” (Deuteronomy 22:5).

God made man male and female, and the distinction thus ordained is to be honored and obeyed. The desire to minimize this distinction grows from low ideals and contributes to immorality. The Lord is very clear that men and women should have a distinction in their clothing. One of the main reasons of this distinction is due to homosexuality.

In today’s world there is a simulated change of sex for immoral purposes, men wearing women’s clothes, aping their manners, and offering their bodies for immoral purposes. The word here translated “that which pertaineth” is used of many articles other than clothing, such as “jewels” (Gen. 24:53), “stuff” (Gen. 31:37), “furniture” (Nahum 2:9)…etc.

However, there’s nothing in the Bible that says pants are for men and there’s nothing in the Bible that says robes and dresses are for women. At Jesus time, both men and woman wore robes.

It should be noted that clothing styles depends on what part of the world you go to.  In Burma, for example, the women wear pants.  In Scotland, the men wear skirts.  This verse in Deuteronomy 22 teaches that men should dress in an appropriately masculine manner and women should dress in an appropriately feminine manner according to the customs of the area they reside in.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team



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