Reading Bible verses about beauty reveal to us how God defines what is beautiful.
They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What does God see as beautiful? Do you work on looking beautiful on the outside? Do you spend time on your make-up and hair? Do you dress in a way that makes you look beautiful to others?
We like to feel good about ourselves. Men and women alike will go to great efforts to look good because it helps us feel good.
Beauty isn't just seen in the way a person looks and feels. Beauty can be seen and enjoyed in so many different ways.
There is beauty in nature. Painters and photographers have worked to capture the beauty of a sunrise or sunset, the majestic sun-kissed mountains, or the crashing waves of the ocean on a sandy beach.
Beauty can be seen and enjoyed in the quality of an individual’s character. Is there anything more beautiful than a caring heart, a gentle spirit, or a peaceable demeanor?
Below you will find some Bible verses about beauty that will help you see what God finds beautiful. These verses are not all that the Bible says about the subject. I have searched the scriptures to find verses that employ the word “beauty.” These should provide a sampling of how God defines what is beautiful.
Reading and applying these Bible verses about beauty, we can work on becoming truly beautiful in the eyes of God.
The first few Bible verses on beauty focus our attention on individuals who had outward beauty. These were people who had a beautiful appearance. If they were around today, you would find them modeling in magazines or appearing on the big screen.
In spite of their outward appearance, the Bible tells us that such beauty does not have an appeal in the eyes of God. God does not define beauty by what is on the outside. God defines beauty by the heart.
Have you ever considered the appearance of your spouse to be a threat? Have you ever worried about having a wife that so beautiful that someone might try to steal her way? If you have, then you understand how Abram felt about Sarai.
In this passage, Abram (later known as Abraham; Gen. 17.5), was going to Egypt with his wife Sarai (later known as Sarah; Gen. 17.15). He was concerned that the Egyptians would be so attracted to Sarai because of her beauty, that they would kill him and take her. So, Abram convinced her to lie and say that she was his sister.
Would you lie about being married to save your life? Would you allow your wife or husband to be married to someone else to spare your life? This is what Abram did.
Believing her to be Abram’s sister, Pharaoh took Sarai as his wife. As a result, God sent a plague to Pharaoh and his house (Gen. 12.17-20). What did Pharaoh do? He gave Sarai back to Abram and sent them away.
In the next verse we read about a woman named Rebekah. The first time we read about her is in Genesis 24.16. In this verse, she is described as “very beautiful to behold.”
Rebekah marries Abraham’s son, Isaac. Isaac was in Philistine territory, a city called Gerar (Gen. 26.1). Because Rebekah was so beautiful, Isaac was afraid. And like his father, he lied and said that Rebekah was his sister (Gen. 26.7).
David was a man with normal urges. He saw someone who was so beautiful that he just had to have her. It did not matter if this person was married. He wanted her and he were going to have her.
David was also a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13.22). This was a man that God chose to be king because of his character (1 Sam. 13.14). In spite of his good character, even David gave into his desires when he saw this beautiful woman named Bathsheba.
David not only wanted her, but he was the king of Israel and had the power to take her for himself…and he did. He brought her to his bedroom, committed adultery, and then killed her husband, Uriah. As a result, God punished him both in the short term and in the long term.
We could look at a number of other Bible verses about beauty where individuals were described as having a beautiful appearance. But notice what God has to say about outward appearances.
In this passage, Samuel is looking for the next king of Israel. God tells him to go to the house of Jesse. Why? Because the one whom God wants as His next king is one of Jesse’s sons.
When Samuel arrives, he sees one of the sons named Eliab. Because of his outward appearance, Samuel immediately wants to make him the next king. It is then that God tells Samuel not to look at his physical stature.
We tend to judge people based on how they look. We treat people differently based on their race, the kind of clothes they wear, their gender, and even things like their height and weight. Someone might be treated more favorably because they are tall. Someone else might be discounted because they are overweight.
God says that He does not judge people based on outward appearance. God sees beauty that is on the inside. God looks at the heart.
In these Bible verses about beauty, we find where we should place our point of emphasis. There is nothing wrong with being concerned about our outward appearance. But this should never take priority over spending time developing a beauty that is on the inside.
Most of these Bible verses about beauty focus on the beauty of a woman. But it is important to understand that the principle applies to both men and women. These verses also apply to men who focus their attention on their attire, their physique, and their hair more than their character.
As a man, I spend every morning working out. I am careful with what I eat. I am concerned about how I look. But what gets most of my attention is my character.
Have you ever met a person who was attractive outwardly? Did that person turn out to be shallow? Self-centered? Unkind? Unloving?
This passage describes a woman who is beautiful on the outside, but she lacks discretion. This is the Bible way of saying that she is a gossip.
The principle can be applied to any kind of undesirable character flaw. She might be harsh in the way she treats people. She might be materialistic. She might be self-absorbed only caring about her own wants and needs.
The Bible tells us that a beautiful woman who has a poor character is no different than a swine with a nose ring.
In contrast, a woman who does not have beauty as defined by Hollywood is beautiful if she is a woman of great character. She may be defined as plain by this world’s standards. She may never find herself on the cover of Vogue magazine. But if she has a caring heart, she is beautiful.
This is another passage that reminds us how outward beauty does not have value like someone who is beautiful on the inside. Watch how this passage breaks down.
First, it tells us that “charm is deceitful.” People naturally trust someone who is charming. But that charm can fool us into trusting someone who may not be trustworthy.
Second, it tells us that “beauty is passing.” As a person gets older, their skin begins to wrinkle. Their hair turns grey. They lose some muscle tone. They may not be as physically attractive as they once were.
The makeup, health, and cosmetic industry is booming because so many people want to look younger and recapture the beauty of youth.
Third, this verse tells us that “a woman who fears the Lord shall be praised.” Who is the one that God sees as beautiful? Where does God want individuals who focus their efforts? It isn’t on their charm. It isn’t on their outward appearance. It is on their view of God. The one who is truly beautiful is the one who fears (respects) God.
Once again, we are told what the point of emphasis in our lives should be. Our focus should not be on our physical appearance. It is to be on our character.
Did you notice the word “merely” in this verse? It means “only.” We are not to only give attention to our outward appearance.
What this passage is telling us is that we can give attention to our outward appearance. We can give our attention to how we dress, how we fix our hair, and other things to make ourselves look good. But it is not to be the only thing we focus on. We are to also, and more importantly, focus on our heart.
I find this passage very fascinating. This is a prophecy concerning the coming of Christ. What did Jesus look like as a Man? What was His appearance?
This passage says that He would have “no form or comeliness.” The idea of “form and comeliness” is that of a good physique. He would not have large biceps or broad shoulders. In other words, He will not be good looking.
It also says that “there is no beauty that we should desire Him.” There would be nothing about the appearance of Jesus that would make us want to be with Him. He would not have a Hollywood smile. In other words, He would not be attractive.
It is also of interest that the body that Jesus was given was prepared by God. We learn this in Hebrews 10.5. When God prepared the body that His Son would have, He did not design a body that would attract the masses.
God did not want people to follow Jesus because of how He looked. God wanted people to follow Jesus because of who He was.
Does that not move us to make sure that our attention is primarily given to the beauty of our character more than the beauty of our outward appearance?
Beauty is not only seen by the quality of our character. God defines beauty as being faithful to Him. The one who is beautiful to God is the one who respect Him and lives a life of purity and holiness.
It is true that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. But there is only one Beholder that matters.
These Bible verses about beauty help us to understand what God sees as beautiful. And it is the beauty that comes from a godly character whose life is characterized by holiness, purity, and praise that we should all seek to attain.