Earrings for men are an abomination

While most church pastors in Christianity does not wear earrings themselves, they do not condemn the act. In this post, we will discuss Scripture verses for men’s earrings and how the act of men wearing earrings is considered an abomination to God.

A fresco depicting an elegantly dressed woman with hoop earrings from Akrotiri, Thera (Cyclades) Greece, c. 1650-1625 BCE

Foriegn gods and earrings

And Jacob said to his household and to all who [were] with him, “Put away the foreign gods that [are] among you, purify yourselves, and change your garments. … So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods which [were] in their hands, and the earrings which [were] in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the terebinth tree which [was] by Shechem.

Gen 35:2,4

When Jacob instructed his household to put away foriegn gods and purify themselves, they gave him not only foriegn gods but also their earrings. While the verse does not explicitly mention about men’s earrings, it is associated with foriegn gods and impurity.

Israelite men never had earrings

And Aaron said to them, “Break off the golden earrings which [are] in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring [them] to me.”

Exod 32:2

The above verse seems to suggest that men wore earrings.

And Aaron says to them, Take off the golden ear-rings which are in the ears of your wives and daughters, and bring them to me. (LXXE)

Exod 32:2 (LXX)

However, looking into Septuagint, it does not mention men.

Then Gideon said to them, “I would like to make a request of you, that each of you would give me the earrings from his plunder.” For they had golden earrings, because they [were] Ishmaelites.

Judg 8:24

Also in Judges, when Gideon defeated Ishmaelites, the author clearly mention about Ishmaelite men wearing earrings but not Israelites. Hence, Israelite men did not wore any earrings.

Earring on men is an abomination

A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman’s garment, for all who do so [are] an abomination to the LORD your God.

Deut 22:5

When God gave laws to Israel through Moses, He clearly instructs men not to wore anything that pretends to be women and women must not wear men’s garments. Hence, it is extremely clear that men wearing earrings are an abomination to God.

Conclusion

Ancient Israelite men did not wear any earrings. Earrings are always for women as we can see in Ezek 16:12 how God adorns Israel by portaying it as a woman. As in the law, if men wore anything that pertains to a women and vice versa, it is an abomination to God.

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Loretta
8 months ago

This is an interesting study . As I was just thinking about this the other day . I was wondering if since it says in Leviticus 19 not to pierce your body , wouldn’t it be wrong for a woman to pierce her Ears ? But we also see Earrings, and Jewelry being mentioned that were worn in Ancient Times . Wondering if its okay or proper for a Woman who follows Jesus to wear Earrings , especially if her Ears are already pierced?

Loretta
8 months ago
Reply to  Felix Immanuel

Wonderful insight ! I never thought about how it could relate to circumcision and surgeries ! But it is wrong for men to wear Earrings. I so agree. Thank you for your reply.