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Easton's Bible Dictionary [1]

  • They wore in common an over-garment ("mantle,"  Isaiah 3:22;  1 Kings 19:13;  2 Kings 2:13 ), a loose and flowing robe. The folds of this upper garment could be formed into a lap ( Ruth 3:15;  Psalm 79:12;  Proverbs 17:23;  Luke 6:38 ). Generals of armies usually wore scarlet robes ( Judges 8:26;  Nahum 2:3 ). A form of conspicuous raiment is mentioned in  Luke 20:46; Compare  Matthew 23:5 .

    Priests alone wore trousers. Both men and women wore turbans. Kings and nobles usually had a store of costly garments for festive occasions ( Isaiah 3:22;  Zechariah 3:4 ) and for presents ( Genesis 45:22;  Esther 4:4;  6:8,11;  1 Samuel 18:4;  2 Kings 5:5;  10:22 ). Prophets and ascetics wore coarse garments ( Isaiah 20:2;  Zechariah 13:4;  Matthew 3:4 ).

    Copyright Statement These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., DD Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.

    Bibliography Information Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Apparel'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. 1897.

  • Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types [2]

     Isaiah 3:22 (b) It is evident that the garments referred to in this passage represent and are types of the outward show with which hypocrites adorn themselves, thinking that this outward pretense and sham will influence our Lord in the time of His judgment. White feathers may cover a black skin.

     Isaiah 63:1-2 (b) This apparel of the Lord Himself tells us something of the story of His character. The red garments are a public announcement that the Lord GOD of Heaven will trample His enemies under foot so that the blood will stain His garments. It is an announcement that He will not forever tolerate rebellion in the hearts of men. He will tread the winepress and shed the blood of the enemies in His anger and wrath. Christ wears that same apparel (  Revelation 19:13). He wears this red garment when He comes back to earth to rule the nations with a rod of iron, and GOD will make His enemies His footstool.

     Zephaniah 1:8 (b) The word in this passage probably refers to false doctrines, false beliefs, and false faiths. In the New Testament this same truth is presented in mt22, in the case of the man who wore his own garment when he should have worn the king's garment.

    King James Dictionary [3]

    APPAR'EL, n. L. paro, apparo, to prepare Heb. bara

    1. Clothing vesture garments dress. 2. External habiliments or decorations appearance as, religion appears in the natural apparel of simplicity.

    Glorious in apparel.  Isaiah 63 .

    3. The furniture of a ship, as sails, rigging, anchors, &c.


    1. To dress or clothe.

    They who are gorgeously appareled are in kings court.

     Luke 7 .

    2. To adorn with dress.

    She did apparel her apparel.

    3. To dress with external ornaments to cover with something ornamental to cover, as with garments as, trees appareled with flowers or a garden with verdure. 4. To furnish with external apparatus as ships appareled for sea.

    Webster's Dictionary [4]

    (1): (v. t.) To dress with external ornaments; to cover with something ornamental; to deck; to embellish; as, trees appareled with flowers, or a garden with verdure.

    (2): (n.) External clothing; vesture; garments; dress; garb; external habiliments or array.

    (3): (n.) A small ornamental piece of embroidery worn on albs and some other ecclesiastical vestments.

    (4): (n.) The furniture of a ship, as masts, sails, rigging, anchors, guns, etc.

    (5): (v. t.) To furnish with apparatus; to equip; to fit out.

    (6): (v. t.) To dress or clothe; to attire.

    (7): (v. t.) To make or get (something) ready; to prepare.

    Morrish Bible Dictionary [5]

    See Garments

    Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible [6]

    Apparel . See Dress.

    Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary [7]

    See Linen

    Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature [8]

    International Standard Bible Encyclopedia [9]

    a - par´el  : The English equivalent of six Hebrew and three Greek words, variously signifying all kinds of raiment, chiefly garments costly and beautiful: ornamental (  2 Samuel 1:24 ); royal , as of Ahasuerus ( Esther 6:8 ), of Herod ( Acts 12:21 , ἐσθής , esthḗs ); of kings' daughters (  2 Samuel 13:18 ); priestly (  Ezra 3:10 ); also mourning (  2 Samuel 14:2 ). In  1 Samuel 17:38 ,  1 Samuel 17:39 "apparel" replaces "armor" of King James Version: "Saul clad David with his apparel," probably some close-fitting garment worn under the armor, or sometimes without it. Severe judgment was pronounced on Jewish princes who clothed themselves with "strange" (the King James Version), i.e. "with foreign apparel" (  Zephaniah 1:8; compare  Isaiah 2:6-8 ). "Modest apparel" as against "costly raiment" is commended as suited to Christians ( 1 Timothy 2:9; ἱματισμός , himatismós , and καταστολή , katastolḗ ). Angels are robed in white apparel (  Acts 1:10; compare  Luke 24:4 , "dazzling"). Fig. of the glorious and red (suggestive of the wine-press) apparel of the Messiah (  Isaiah 63:1 ,  Isaiah 63:2 ), and of "a meek and quiet spirit" ( 1 Peter 3:4 ).