I was in e-conversation with a fashionable jeweler I came across on the web (here). It led me to do some research on what the Bible does say about the beauty we are born with.
Much of the word’s opinion on beauty comes in the form of verses like this:
1 Samuel 16:7 – “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Which is a good point to make. Ultimately beauty is fleeting.
However appearance is not overlooked in the Bible:
Rebekah “was very fair to look upon” (Gen 24:16). Rachel “was graceful and beautiful” (Gen 29:17). Joseph was “handsome and goodlooking” (Gen 39:6). Jacob and Rachel fall in love at first sight (Gen 29) and he happily waits seven years to marry her: “they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her” (Gen 29:20).
As well as Song of Solomon’s obvious enrapture with the beauty of the female form:
How fair and pleasant you are
O loved one, delectable maiden!
You are stately as a palm tree
and your breasts are like its clusters.
I say I will climb the palm tree
and lay hold of its branches.
Oh, may your breasts be like
clusters of the vine,