Biblical Concept: Piercing and Tattoos

Piercing:

The following verses and their contexts suggest that various piercing was an expression
of individuality, beauty, or societal custom:  Genesis 24:47 (articles of betrothal, note
24:53), Ezekiel 16:11-12 (Godís blessing on Jerusalem), Isaiah 3:18-24 (Divine
discipline on Jerusalem and Judah), Proverbs 25:12 (analogy of blessing) , Exodus
32:2-4 (earrings made into a pagan article of worship), and Exodus 35:21-22 (earrings
made into articles for the Tabernacle).

While some youth in our day get pierced as an act of rebellion (Compare Exodus
32:2-3 above), others get pierced as an expression of individuality, fashion, phatness,
and distinction from the previous generation (Compare Exodus 35:21-22 above).

Tattoos:

Leviticus 19:28 (the only tattoo passage in the NASB*) prohibited Hebrews from
being tattooed like the pagan Canaanites.  Note the other prohibitions in 19:26-31.

Some tattoos today fit a Canaanite pagan pattern.  Other tattoos are an expression of
individuality, fashion, phatness, and distinction from the previous generation.

Comments:

Shrug, yawn, smile, grace, live and let live.

Sadly, some souls are harshly pierced and tattooed; may they find healing in Christ.

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*[q;[]q; = incision, imprintment, tattoo, mark.  (Leviticus 19:28 only.)

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