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
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).
Leviticus 19:28 (the only tattoo passage in the NASB*) prohibited Hebrews
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.
Shrug, yawn, smile, grace, live and let live.
Sadly, some souls are harshly pierced and tattooed; may they find healing in Christ.
*[q;q; = incision, imprintment, tattoo, mark. (Leviticus 19:28 only.)