Friday, March 21, 2008

What is Beauty?

What is beauty? Is it in the clothes we wear, the way we behave, or in the things we do?

I say no. Beauty is of a meek and quiet spirit, honoring the Lord, in spirit and in truth. Beauty is like that of the Virtuous Woman in Proverbs. Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but the woman WHO FEARS THE LORD, she shall be praised. Beauty is not of the flesh, but of the spirit.

Here is what two dictionarys say about the word beauty!

Main Entry: beau·ty
Pronunciation: \ˈbyü-tē\
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural beauties
Etymology: Middle English beaute, bealte, from Anglo-French, from bel, beau beautiful, from Latin bellus pretty; akin to Latin bonus good — more at bounty
Date: 14th century
1: the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit : loveliness
2: a beautiful person or thing; especially : a beautiful woman
3: a particularly graceful, ornamental, or excellent quality
4: a brilliant, extreme, or egregious example or instance

One entry found.

Entry Word: beauty
Function: noun
1 the qualities in a person or thing that as a whole give pleasure to the senses
Synonymsattractiveness, beauteousness, comeliness, cuteness, fairness, gorgeousness, handsomeness, looks, loveliness, prettiness

Related Words:allure, appeal, attraction, glamour (also glamor); charm, elegance, exquisiteness, flawlessness, gloriousness, perfection, radiance, resplendence; desirability, desirableness

Near Antonyms: dreadfulness, foulness, ghastliness, grotesqueness, hideousness, loathsomeness, nastiness, offensiveness, repellency, repulsiveness, unattractiveness; blemish, flaw, imperfection

Antonyms:homeliness, plainness, ugliness, unsightliness

2 a lovely woman
Synonym:seyeful, goddess, knockout, stunner

Related Words:belle, charmer, honey

Near Antonym:shag, horror, witch

3 something very good of its kind — see jim-dandy

And here is the Hebrew reference for Beauty!

תּפארת תּפארה
tiph'ârâh tiph'ereth
tif-aw-raw', tif-eh'-reth
From H6286; ornament (abstractly or concretely, literally or figuratively): - beauty (-iful), bravery, comely, fair, glory (-ious), honour, majesty.

Here are some verses that talk about beauty, and some of it's disadvantages and advantages.

Psa 39:11 When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity.

Psa 45:11 So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.

Psa 96:9 O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.

Isa 28:1 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!

1Pe 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

1Pe 3:3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

So, I hope this has helped you a little about the beauty of our souls, and since we are to be imitaters of CHrist, we reflect his beauty. Amen!

Until next time,
Laura H.

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