Bald Women

Erin Davis 07/31/09 | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Category: Myself ; 39 comments

As Let me introduce you to the women of Zion. They're beautiful, and they know it. In fact, they've earned a reputation for flaunting their beauty. And because of that reputation, they arebald woman about to become totally bald. Yikes! It's every girl's worst nightmare, right? Even the most unmanageable mane is better than no hair at all. But baldness is exactly what the women of Zion faced in Isaiah 3:16–25. Their story tells us much about God's perspective on beauty.

Check it out.

The LORD says, "The women of Zion are haughty, walking along with outstretched necks, flirting with their eyes, tripping along with mincing steps, with ornaments jingling on their ankles.

"Therefore the Lord will bring sores on the heads of the women of Zion; the LORD will make their scalps bald."

In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces, the earrings and bracelets and veils, the headdresses and ankle chains and sashes, the perfume bottles and charms, the signet rings and nose rings, the fine robes and the capes and cloaks, the purses and mirrors, and the linen garments and tiaras and shawls.

Instead of fragrance there will be a stench; instead of a sash, a rope; instead of well-dressed hair, baldness; instead of fine clothing, sackcloth; beauty, branding.

Whew! Those gals were in trouble. As a consequence, they were stripped of thier outer beauty. I realize that there are a variety of reasons why women go bald, many of which are very painful. But these women were bald for a very specific reason. What caused their punishment? What angered God so much that He made the women of Zion bald and took away all that made them outwardly beautiful?

The answer is found in verse 16.

The LORD says, "The women of Zion are haughty, walking around with outstretched necks, flirting with their eyes, tripping along with mincing steps, with ornaments jingling on their ankles."

In other words, they were proud. They'd gotten pretty wrapped up in their outer beauty, and it showed. I imagine these girls had started to define themselves by their outer beauty. They did whatever they could to draw attention to themselves. The result was disaster.

I don't think God was angered that the women of Zion were beautiful. He created their beauty after all. I don't really even think He minded that they wore fine clothes and jewelry and took care of their hair. But those things were never meant to consume them or define them. God didn't make these women beautiful so that they could draw attention to themselves, but so that they could bring glory to Him. And He certainly never intended for them to flaunt their beauty in a way that was flirtatious or seductive.

Guess what? His standards haven't changed.

Have you even been haughty because of your beauty? Have you paraded yourself around in a way that was meant to draw attention to yourself? Do you use your beauty to entice the opposite sex?

Guilty? Me too.

What if God imposed the same consequences on us that He did on the women of Zion? What if we updated that list found in verses 18–23 to say, "In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: their fashion and jewelry, their make-up and hair products, their straighteners and curling irons, their fashion magazines and posters of beautiful girls that they have hanging in their rooms."

I don't think those things are bad, and I don't think God does either. But let's heed the warning found by studying the women of Zion and avoid letting outward beauty consume us. Believe me, the alternative of continuing to place to much focus on outer beauty isn't worth the cost. 


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    on Friday, July 31, 2009 at 7:14 pm
    I never thought about it, but I am so guilty of this! And now i know i need to stop showing off whatever i have, thanks, Erin!
    on Friday, July 31, 2009 at 7:55 pm
    wow that is a nightmare! But the Bible does say if your hand causes u to sin than cut it can be the same with hair! lol but wow i wonder if their hair ever grew back...
    on Saturday, August 1, 2009 at 1:00 am
    this was really good thanks! i always catch myself when i notice myself looking in the mirror a little too long but i rarely notice when i use myself seductively... this blog has really helped to open my eyes!! thanks!
    oohhhhhhhh. ouch
    on Saturday, August 1, 2009 at 12:48 pm
    that is a tad convicting. :\
    on Saturday, August 1, 2009 at 11:15 pm
    hey, i know this is REAlly off subject, but could you all pray. i am 16 and my mom left 2 and 1/2 years ago, and my dad got remarried 6 months ago, and now my step mom is leaving. please pray that God would change her mind, and that she would not be soo mad at my dad, she would see things clearly.. Please please please pray!! Thank you!
    ~ in Christ, Trina Hipps
    yes im guilty too!
    on Sunday, August 2, 2009 at 12:18 pm
    yes i at times have been very guitly of flirting or maybe putting too much make up on to draw attention to myself and i dont want to be like those ladies of zion so now im going to be careful how i present myself to people and be beautiful for God and not try to draw the wrong kind of attention.
    on Sunday, August 2, 2009 at 1:31 pm
    Wow, that is so true of so many girls! Luckily, I can actually truthfully say that I am not one of them. :) But my school is filthy with them...
    RE: help
    on Monday, August 3, 2009 at 11:14 am
    Father God, I come before You asking You to intervene in Trina's families life!

    The post and of course the last several posts, have been amazing!!
    on Monday, August 3, 2009 at 6:38 pm
    whats wrong with going bald i 've done it a few times BEAUTY IS ONLY SKIN DEEP is what i tell people
    i use to be that way
    on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 6:09 pm
    thank god im not that way anymore omg... i had to have new shoes, clothes, my hair done etc... not just any shoes it had to be name brand... im glad god helped me in that outer apperance issue... thats not what its all about... the only thing that matters is the inside... and we still working on that.. its better
    on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 7:28 pm
    I'm praying for you, Trina.
    on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 8:38 pm
    wow. that is really crazy. i don't know what i would do if i found out that i was loosing my hair. reality check . for sure.

    i like that line.. hope you don't mind if i use it... BEAUTY IS ONLY SKIN DEEP! i really like that!
    not the 1st sierra
    on Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at 5:24 pm
    im confused what do u mean beauty is only skin deep im sry i dont really understand????????
    on Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at 10:51 pm
    I'm praying for you, cinderella
    Beauty is only skin deep...
    on Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 10:59 am
    ...and so is hair for that matter. :)
    on Friday, August 21, 2009 at 2:59 pm
    Thank you soo much this was so eye opening. It is so hard in a culture that promotes this as everything. I know struggel.
    Penelope March
    Baldness in women
    on Friday, August 28, 2009 at 7:05 pm
    How stupid you are to suggest that God makes women go bald because of vanity. The reasons for female baldness are complex and crippling. Alopecia, whether caused by illness, hormonal imbalance, nutritional deficiencies or aging is always DEVASTATING to a woman. To imply that such an awful curse is somehow her fault is evil and cruel. If your God mouths such words, then he is an evil, cruel liar and does not deserve to be believed. Shame on you and "Him."
    Erin Davis
    on Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 8:55 pm
    I am truly sorry that you were offended by this post. It sounds like baldness may be something you have experienced personally. I am sure that that is painful for any woman. My point certainly was not that all baldness is caused by vanity and I have added a statement to the post to clarify that. I was simply using a story from the Bible to illustrate God's distaste for an unhealthy fixation with outer beauty or a desire to flaunt the beauty He has given us. Does that make sense?

    If you do not know God, please let me introduce you to Him. His name is Jesus and He is not cruel. In fact He is compassionate, merciful, holy, and loving.

    I would be thrilled to talk more about Him with you. Please accept my apology for hurting you in any way and know that it was simply a miscommunication. Again, I do not suggest that all baldness is caused by vanity. But in this case, God chose to use baldness (and a variety of other consequences) to wake the women of Zion up to their fixation with outer beauty. I hope you will re-read this post and find the intended meaning.

    I am happy to talk with you further on this or any other topic.

    bald women
    on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 1:40 pm
    What if shaving your head bald is for a good cause? In Singapore, there is a charity called Hair for Hope. They encourage Singaporeans to shave their heads to mentally support the little children who have cancer and are fighting very hard. Most of them lose their hair due to chemo. Is it still biblical if I shave my head to support them? I'm totally cool with shaving, because, as God says, beauty doesn't define us, and we should not let beauty consume us. After all, hair does grow back! (: But I just want to make sure it's biblical before I do it. (:
    Erin Davis
    on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 2:08 pm
    The point of this post is not that being bald is wrong. There is no Biblical evidence for that. I just used this passage in Isaiah to illustrate a time when God punished a group of women for their vanity. He happened to use baldness as their punishment, but that doesn't mean that baldness is always a punishment or that it is wrong.

    Make sense?

    bald women
    on Monday, September 21, 2009 at 1:52 am
    Yup, haha thanks! (: Haha I'm so excited for this charity event! Think I'll be going bald soon! :D
    on Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 4:45 pm
    I dont want to seem mean but did you ask God if he has a different plan?
    praying for you also - lynn
    on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 12:34 pm
    Next time I have an emotion of getting too caught up in myself.. I'll remember this passage. :)
    on Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 4:42 pm
    we have this lady in our church and shes my bff mom but years ago she got this alergie to her own hair and lost it all it just falls out so she cant grow hair she handles it realy well.
    Story to help
    on Monday, April 19, 2010 at 8:40 pm
    My karate teacher tells us storys and here is one that goes with this.

    His mom developed cancer and of course she lost her hair. He called her one day and told her that he was coming to see her in the hospital. She told him not to come because she looked ugly with none of her hair. They argued over it for a few minutes, but finally he said he wouldn't come to make her happy. He regreted that. Three days later she died. He wished that he would of gone no matter what she said. She let vanity get in the way.

    So please don't let vanity get in the way in your life.

    Sister in Christ,
    neha kuril
    on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 8:35 am
    i went bald n i am 18 n its one of the best gifts i gave to myself ........
    I am bald and Jesus has given me so much peace!
    on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 5:55 pm
    I am totally bald..have Alopecia...just wanted to share this with you...I believe I lost my hair due to relying all on my own strength during a very stressful time and not relying totally on Jesus!!! I prayed one night for Him to either heal me or give me peace...immediately unbelievable peace came over me and I still have it till this day...that was 5 years ago...I don't believe He gave me this disease...He allowed it...but has helped me get through it...and He is healing me..I am growing hair back!!! GOD IS SOOOO FAITHFUL IN GOOD TIMES AND IN THE BAD TIMES...YOU CAN TRUST HIM!!! I DID...
    Erin Davis
    on Monday, January 10, 2011 at 1:23 pm
    Thank you for sharing your testimony. I am encouraged by your faith and joy!

    Erin Davis
    i am bald and beautiful
    on Friday, April 15, 2011 at 11:35 am
    i'd have no problem if he imposed the punishing of having the women of Zion go bald since i'm bald myself. lol
    Much Love
    on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 1:35 pm
    I stumbled across this website as I have a friend who suffers from alopecia. I must say as a man in my 20s I think bald women are beautiful. I don't want to say something as crass as it is only hair, but I think a woman without hair is so distinctive; it accentuates your smile, eyes, as it does for my friend. It is very elegant. It is about time we move past this socially constructed idea of beauty, and realise that it is subjective. Much love to all of you women going through hair loss. I think you are all beautiful anyway. Sorry if I was off topic which I suspect I was, something about the Lord making women bald....load of rubbish. I would love to see one of these vain celebrities go through it. It seems like only the nice people who suffer, like my friend.
    Erin Davis
    on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 2:44 pm
    What sweet sentiments you made about your friend. I hope you read this post and realized the point was not that God makes people bald. There is a story in the Old Testament where God struck a tribe of women with baldness along with other consequences for their vanity. However I certainly was not saying that baldness is always or even often a curse from God.

    Thanks for encouraging your friend and pointing out that beauty doesn't only come in one package. Guys like you are much needed.

    Grace and Peace!

    Bald Women
    on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 10:20 pm
    I love this post you wrote. I'm sorry to bother you, but would you mind if I used this pic for a story I'm writing. I'm 13 and I'm writing a story about a girl with cancer and I wanted to use this as my cover. But not as the official. I just want to use it as the title on this fun website where you can write stories and other things. If you accept I will give you the credit for the cover. Please and Thank You! -De'anna
    Carrie, with the LYWB team
    re: Bald Woman
    on Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    So glad the post was helpful to you. I’m sorry we aren’t able to give you permission to use the picture on this post. I wish we could, but we pay for all our pictures (from various stock photo places). Since its been a while since this post was written we don’t even have record of where we purchased it.

    Blessings to you this Thanksgiving Day, friend ~
    on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 3:48 am
    Uhm, I'm pretty offended that women who decide to cut off their hair are considered "ugly"
    Sarah, with the LYWB team
    on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 9:38 pm
    No intent was ever made that women who decide to cut their hair are ugly. Please don't take any offense.
    Old Testament Regulations
    on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm
    Thing to remember about Old Testament regulations is due to Jesus Christ those regulations been removed.
    on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 5:30 pm
    stumbled on this site, thought you may be able to answer a question,Isiah 45:7 GOD says " I CREATE EVIL" if Jesus is FULLY GOD , does he CREATE evil too,that would be all evil things that has ,is and will happen on this planet, yes i suppose he would be the person to make freinds with if you were a chinese dissident having electrodes applied to you,or watching some nazis making a lamp shade out of your sins in a nazi death camp, but one question ,if he is the one creating the pain ,albeit outsourcing the dirty work to a willing contractor ,apart from having from the only alternative being more torture ,WHY OH WHY OH WHY would anyone in their right mind describe that as LOVE ? of course i love you i have stop torturing you ? yes his ways are beyond our ways obviously, the person who suggested baldness as a curse ,personifies the very process, they havnt been removed if you dont accept christ though ,it is possible that any of the old testament curses could be applied ,leviticus 26:29 I will MAKE them EAT the flesh of their sons and daughters, THATS DINNER SORTED THEN . so God said that ,therefore so does christ if you do not accept him, ,GOD ISNT CRUEL? I CANT IMAGINE ANYTHING MORE EVIL ONE BEING WOULD MAKE ANOTHER DO, IF ANY HUMAN JUDGE HANDED OUT THAT AS A PUNISHMENT ,NO MATTER HOW HEINOUS THE CRIME,YOU WOULD DESCRIBE HIM AS A SICK TWISTED , EVIL SADIST ,
    on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 5:43 pm
    apologies that was lampshade of your skin,prized possessions of nazis ,yeh god isnt cruel ,do you get a emotional lobotomy when you become a "christian" ? or have you not read your own Word ?
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