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Deuteronomy 22:5 Deuteronomy 22:5The woman shall not wear that which pertains to a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination to the LORD your God.
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says: “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.” Like many of the statutes, this law had to do with pagan customs of the time, and as we will see, does not refer to women wearing pants. The Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary explains:

“Disguises were assumed at certain times in pagan temples. Maimonides…mentions that a man attired in a coloured female dress, in honour of Venus, Ashtaroth, or Astarte, and a woman equipped in armour, worshipped at the shrine of the statue of Mars…

“Asiatics, when they engaged in the worship of Ashtaroth, were accustomed, according to Philocorus, quoted by Townley (in his edition of Maimonides, note 33), to exchange the male and female dresses. In fact, all idolators confounded the sexes of their deities—representing them sometimes as male, at other times as female; and hence, their worshippers, male and female, fell gradually into the custom, which became extensively prevalent, of changing their attire in adaptation to the sex of a particular divinity.”

God’s command to Israel forbade the people from incorporating pagan religious rites into true worship. In spite of this instruction, today’s Christianity commonly mixes paganism in with the worship of Christ.

Does Deuteronomy 22:5 Deuteronomy 22:5The woman shall not wear that which pertains to a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination to the LORD your God.
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forbid women from wearing pants? No, it doesn’t. In fact, even men in the Middle East through the history of the Old and New Testaments did not wear pants; they wore a robe like garment. However, there is an underlying principle that applies today. Men should dress in an appropriately masculine manner and women should dress in an appropriately feminine manner. Clothing manufacturers make pants designed for men and pants designed for women.

For more insight, please read our article The Modesty Question: How Far is Too Far?

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  • Mvuzo

    I disagree with the statement of saying that clothing manufacturers make pants designed for men and pants designed for women.Because the word of God did not make any mention of the design, it is straight forward that “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.”Deuteronomy:22:5.A man is identified as wearing PANTS and woman DRESS or SKIRT, even if the society(manufacturers) can classify them as of men and of women but what does the word of God says? Jesus answered the question of divorce as this was allowed in the Old Testament,He said Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
    But I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except [it be] for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.Matthew 19 vs 7-9.

  • Norbert Z

    In my view, concidering the diversity of cultures across this planet, the question can be somewhat loaded and may have the possiblity of being misleading when it comes to explaining De 22:5. Depending on who reads it.

    Perhaps there are places that view pants as a men only garment and I’m not going to tell any Scotsmen that wearing a kilt is nothing more than men wearing dresses in disobedience to De 22:5.

    Looking at the statement made in the first comment “Because the word of God did not make any mention of the design”, also means God did not tell us whether pants or kilts are women or men only things. But what it is telling can be described fairly well with one hyphenated English word, it involves the act of “cross-dressing”.

    As defined by the Free Online Dictionary, “the practice of adopting the clothes or the manner or the sexual role of the opposite sex”.

    I would go so far to say that any man who also wears pants that are designed for women, to take advantage of the much slimmer waistline in order that he can achieve a feminine figure is also transgressing the spiritual intent of De 22:5.

  • Yesu

    In the days of Jesus, everyone wore robes. There were no pants or skirts or dresses. Even Jesus wore robes.

    So the question about forbidding women from wearing pants based on the bible is a moot question because the bible does not say anything about pants.

    We have to look at the intent behind the statements in the bible about cross-gender presentation. There were important reasons to prevent cross-gender presentation in the times of Jesus -

    Women presenting as men could be unsafe. She could be killed in a war. She could be treated badly in a scuffle. Likewise, men presenting as women would not receive the rights that men were given above women in society 2000 years ago.

    Those are the reasons why the bible talks about not wearing cross-gender clothing.

    All clothes are human made. God did not make anybody’s clothes and God did not design any gender’s clothes. So God really doesn’t care what you wear.

    The bible tells us things to keep us safe and for the structure of society to be maintained. Religion helped us end barbarianism in the middle-east.

    In short, God is not going to punish you and you are not going to hell if you wear cross-gender clothing.

    In the modern world, wear whatever you want, but most of the ten commandments are still relevant -
    don’t worship idols, work hard for 6 days and take Sunday off to pray and be thankful for life, don’t murder, don’t cheat on your husband/wife, don’t steal, don’t get your neighbor into trouble for no reason, don’t have sexual feelings for someone else’s wife/husband.

    Most people do not follow the above commandments. The clothing you wear is a non-issue if you look at at the number of times you have violated the above commandments each year.

  • simplicity

    Yesu, in regards to:

    All clothes are human made. God did not make anybody’s clothes and God did not design any gender’s clothes. So God really doesn’t care what you wear.

    God made clothes for Adam and Eve.

    Genesis 3:21 Adonai, God, made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.


  • KARS

    OK folks let’s help you here.

    I for one do not like to come before God our Father in pants on the Sabbath day. I also don’t want to ruin my Sabbath dresses and skirts either when I am gardening.

    So I will wear jeans. They are made of a thicker material and if you are like me, I don’t think you would like splinters under the skin or thorns.

    Now let’s go back in time to the Aaronic Priesthood. Aaron wore a robe with bells and pomigranits. Is not our Savior coming back in a white robe? :o)

    So in these modern times I want to make sure I am wearing female pants and shirts, not a man’s while doing my outside work.

    Does this help some?

  • rockitman0057
    simplicity in regards to: God made clothes for Adam and Eve. Tell me if I am right or wrong, but I do believe that what you said is irrelevant, because they weren’t aware of sin at that time. After they ate the fruit did they not realize they were naked and want to cover themselves? God made a spiritual clothing, unlike robes shirts pants skirts dresses or shorts.
  • KARS
    Hi rockitman, It is true that Adam and Eve made themselves coverings and hide themselves from the LORD. If you will read on in the Book of Genesis you’ll find that simplicity’s statement that God made them clothes is correct. They needed clothing after they left the Garden of Eden. Read on rockitman.
  • Emmanuel13
    i seriously disagree with Mvuso. Where in the bible did God prescribe PANTS and SKIRTS for mankind?? It all balls down to the culture of a particular people. Will you then say that all Scottish people will go to hell? No way!!!
  • Wisdom Speaks Now
    Well the old testament is clear God,s intent is to cause the genders to remain intact so that civilization would not be confusing. The physical responsibilities of men are different from women. So did the Persians introduce pants to the world. The nature of the modern world is the exploit the curves of the female anatomy to appear sexual which is the opposite of being modest of chase, godly feminine. When men/women wear tight fitting clothes one,s body parts can show disrespectful in public. America sells with sexuality as the focus. Homosexuality is Satan,s lawlessness in causing gender-cross dressing in males/females. this is a serious matter here and now, I encourage men to be men and women to be women! God blesses a holy man/women period!
  • KKhan1115
    Type in the question, Did Jesus wear pants? into Google and then click the first result from Faithful Word Baptist Church. Pastor Steven Anderson does an excellent and thorough job answering this misconception and uses only the faithful Word of God to prove his point. I hope this answers the confusion and misinterpretations that many have had regarding this topic. God bless you all! Love in Christ, Kait
    Oh people, how much damage we do to our lords Name because we are ignorant of the Word of God. 2 Timothy 2:15 2 Timothy 2:15Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
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    Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Why do we so try and go against Gods Word and try and Justify our actions when God has so clearly told us to obey His Word. We try and justify our actions and we try to live according to the world instead of the Word of God.1 John 2:15 1 John 2:15Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
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    Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. For those who say that men also wore robes, yes that’s true, but they wore pants under they’re robes.In the old testament there are 6 verses directly stating and some even commanding that men where pants.Breeches(breeches (ˈbrɪtʃɪz; ˈbriː-) 1. (Clothing & Fashion) trousers extending to the knee or just below, worn for riding, mountaineering, etc 2. (Clothing & Fashion) any trousers3. too big for one’s breeches conceited; unduly self-confident.Related Bible Terms:Breeches(Exodus 28:42 Exodus 28:42And you shall make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even to the thighs they shall reach:
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    ,Exodus 39:28 Exodus 39:28And a turban of fine linen, and goodly bonnets of fine linen, and linen breeches of fine twined linen,
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    ,Leviticus 6:10 Leviticus 6:10And the priest shall put on his linen garment, and his linen breeches shall he put on his flesh, and take up the ashes which the fire has consumed with the burnt offering on the altar, and he shall put them beside the altar.
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    ,Leviticus 16:4 Leviticus 16:4He shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall have the linen breeches on his flesh, and shall be girded with a linen girdle, and with the linen turban shall he be attired: these are holy garments; therefore shall he wash his flesh in water, and so put them on.
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    ,Ezekiel 44:18 Ezekiel 44:18They shall have linen bonnets on their heads, and shall have linen breeches on their loins; they shall not gird themselves with any thing that causes sweat.
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    .)Honestly are we lovers of God or of men? I am sharing from my own experiences on this matter because I to thought for many years that I was a ‘CHRISTIAN’ and I lived a holy live. Oh how ignorant we are of the truth and how little respect we actually have for God. Up until the 1900s all woman and female children wore dresses, long skirts. We are ones again adapting to the world and trying to justify our actions but in actual fact we are going against the Word of God.1 John 2:4 1 John 2:4He that said, I know him, and keeps not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
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    1 John 2:4 1 John 2:4He that said, I know him, and keeps not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
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    . He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. Ask God to lead you to the truth and don’t listen to people when it is contradictory to the Word of God, and always go back to the Word and ask God give the Wisdom of discernment. Why do we as ladies feel the need to wear make up, jewels, costly attire, get our hair done, spending so much unnecessary money on all these things when we can help the needy.Jesus came to set an example for us. How did he live?
  • Warhound98512
    I know ignorance is not the beholder’s fault, but it is not above the law. People are so willing to accept the Word no matter what it states. I hate this fact, it makes me feel as though Christianity is a radical faith waiting to happen due to a mistranslation in the future. Looking back at the original Hebrew text Moses used the word “geber” for man in this verse. Geber means strong man or warrior. And the Hebrew word for “pertaineth” was something along the lines of “kealy,” which means a tool or implement. We must another word for “man” in Hebrew was “ ‘iysh.” ‘Iysh means man, or male. That being said, we can make a fair assumption that Moses was speaking about women not wearing a warrior’s clothing. This assumption would fit Old Testament Law, being as these laws were in place to prevent the worship of Idols. Many times a woman would wear armor when entering Venus’s temple. Whether I am right or not is beside the point anyway, Old Testament Law is not something enforced today, thanks to Jesus :)
  • Warhound98512
    I would also like to point this as a problem with the topic of homosexuality in the Bible. The New Testament has been mistranslated in this matter as well :/ I’m sorry that I do not have any direct links, nor do I have the time to compose a worthy comment (Highschool student with an IPhone), but if you are willing to find the real Truth that God intended in the Word, please type “Would Jesus discriminate?” into the search engine of your preference and find this site. The information is very interesting, and the author of the site uses the original Greek text of 1st Corinthians, 1st Timothy, and Romans to clear up the mistranslation that has misrepresented Christianity as a hate group :/ thank you for being open minded about these things.
  • wiseman
    What i like about GOD is that no one can trick or bribe him. All women who wear clothes that shapes their body, is the same as half naked. Like those who wear clothes that shows their breast and they say is cleavage, my dear, your completely lost. a women should cover her body properly well so that no man can look at woman and start to covet. Do the research of all tight or skinny trousers that you all say is for women to wear, the kingdom of darkness says those trousers belong to them. All ladies, cover your body well so that no man can last on you. because is a sin to for a man to last on you who are half naked. so how many man do you want to see them lives a sinful life because of your wicked way of dressing? By the way, don’t forget that you women who makes man to last, you belong to the world of jezebel because of leading man in to a sin My answer to you ladies who wear trousers is that, why don’t you ask yourself about all powerful women of GOD who preaches the word, you can’t find them on the alter wearing trousers because GOD honor those who keep his commandments and obey them. so this means GOD anointed them more by trust in them because of they obey the law. If i see someone living a sinful life and i keep quite, i will also be punished for that. this is the reason im saying women should cover their body properly well by not wear clothes that shapes their body or tight up their body. so ladies, you can be naked in your home, and if you want someone to see your naked body it will be your self in the mirror or your husband only. remember that non of the law of Moses given by GOD is vanished. Matthew 5:17 Matthew 5:17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
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    So if you thought that the laws in the old testament is cancelled by new testament, your wrong. Matthew 5:18 Matthew 5:18For truly I say to you, Till heaven and earth pass, one stroke or one pronunciation mark shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
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  • renea8181
    With allI cho these different comments im reading, it just let me know many of them are not true, Wrong and it shows a lot of people are confused. Every comment cant be right, this can become very confusing for a person who doesn’t really know the truth. its more hurtful than helpful. So with that being said ill leave it all here and remind myself that I live under the law of christ, therefore ill submit myself unto God, allow the holyspirit to santify me and allow the word to cleanse me and in that trust the holyspirit to lead me into all truth of the word, because in him is no confusion. No one has all the answers to the word of God but the spirit ofGod. So who better to trust. P.s I wear womens pants and he has not convicted my heart about it. Yet he convicts me on other things, prays thru me and speaks to me so, although I may not have all clarity on scripture YET! Hes giving it and im sure it will line up with how HE deals with me in my walk. Not how i choose to walk outside of him..

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