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what verse in the word and I mean king james does it say that a

woman can not wear suposely men clothing

Hi Ron,

You asked about a scripture that mentions women not wearing men's clothing.   This is usually asked in context of denominational rules banning women from wearing pants in church.  This "church" rule is based on the following scripture.  Note that it is not just limited to an appearance before God, and applies equally, both ways:
"The woman shall not wear that which pertains unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord your God." (Deu. 22:5).

Pants did not exist when God gave this instruction (ca. 1451 BC). Men and women both wore loose fitting robes and skirts. In fact, down through history, men and women have often worn identical garments.

"Dressing Gown, Undress Gown, Nightgown, Negligee: Term for a comfortably house garment. In the 17th and 18th centuries it was known as a nightgown and worn by both sexes as in informal house-dress. It was originally based on the Far Eastern kimono or banyan."
"This garment [underclothing], basic for both men and women, was straight cut, usually knee length, and had the elbow length sleeves set straight into the shoulders."

"Nightshirt: It was first found in the late Middle Ages under the term bedshirt; until then people had either slept naked or had kept on their day clothes. The first nightshirts were very capacious, otherwise they were by and large similar to a day shirt. In general the nightshirt prevailed first in the 19th century, in many countries later."

From The Pictorial Encyclopedia of Fashion, Kybalova and Herbenova, Crown Publishers, 1968

"Japanese men wear kimonos, Samoan men wear sarongs, and Bedouin men wear flowing robes. Men from Amazonia, Bali, Egypt, Fiji, Ghana, Greece, Hawaii, India, Kenya, Korea, Samoa, Scotland, and Tibet also wear skirts.

As consumer products, pants show an Indo-European design of equestrian origin: "To judge from their first distribution, trousers were invented about 1000 B.C. in response to the chafing of tender parts incurred in the new art of horseback riding. The man's chemise was then shortened (shirt means 'cut short') to allow the straddling position" (Barber 1994:142)."

Copyright 1998, 1999, 2000 (David B. Givens/Center for Nonverbal Studies)

"Trousers in History"

"In Asia both women and men have always worn pants for warmth, comfort, and convenience. In Rome and Greece women and men wore tunics.
In the fourth century, women in the Western world wore pants, which they adapted from the Persians. At that time, pants were considered unmanly.

By the Middle Ages in Europe women were wearing dresses and men were wearing breeches.
After the French Revolution, men took off their high heels, silk stockings, and wigs and began wearing trousers.
In the nineteenth century women put on trousers to ride horses, but they hid them by wearing full skirts on top.
All trousers were pull-ons until the nineteenth century, when front closures using buttons were introduced.
Jeans were the first trousers to put women and men on equal terms.
Until 1970 it was not fashionable and sometimes against the law to wear pants in offices, classrooms, and restaurants in the U.S."
Copyright 2000-2002 Family Education Network Jan. 4, 2003

When the garments are identical, which one sins by wearing it? Many items of current styles are similar if not identical, from underwear to shirts, cowboy style boots, belts, jeans, hats, caps, t-shirts, athletic clothing, etc. But the "church ban" is primarily against women wearing pants to church services. Secondarily, it is used to ban cross-dressing, where one dresses to look like the opposite sex. When one views the Bible altogether, only the latter appears to be what God considers an abomination.

Pants were at one time, in this country, considered male apparel. That is no longer true. In addition, the dressy pants which some women do wear to some churches, are not made to fit men, in other words, they do not technically "pertain to a man".

As far as changing people's attitudes about church rules regarding women, some of the most heated arguments and extreme emotion we have seen on religious forums have been on these topics. Just because one discovers truth, doesn't mean that churches will change their "traditions".

Clothing is nowhere condemned as an abomination, although we have often seen fashions that are so far from good taste as to be abominable, in our opinion.

God created the first garments for Adam and Eve, "coats of skin".  The word coat is translated from the Heb. kethoneth, a feminine noun meaning tunic or undergarment, a long shirt-like garment. (Gen. 3:21).  No difference in the garments is mentioned or implied.  The same word is used in Lev. 16:4 for a holy garment for Aaron as High Priest.  The same word is used for a woman's garment in Songs 5:3, and 2Sam. 13:18.  

Anytime we take one scripture and ignore the rest, we can get ourselves in trouble with dogma.  God gave us the principle of using the entire Bible, in Isa. 28:9-10.

The sin of homosexuality was not invented in Sodom (Gen. 18:20).  Canaan sexually abused his grandfather Noah, while Noah was too drunk to know what was happening (Gen.9:21-25).   
Wearing clothes, to make one appear to be of the opposite sex, is a common practice among homosexuals, lesbians, transsexuals, and some bi-sexuals.  Deceit is a form of lying.  Homosexuality is condemned as an "abomination", Lev. 20:13.

What the Lord condemns is not about a wife wearing her husband's pajama top to bed, or a husband borrowing his wife's tennis shorts (if they fit) to go get the paper off the front lawn.  What the Lord condemns is men pretending to be women and women pretending to be men, especially for sexual purposes.

We hope this helps.

If you have further questions, feel free to ask.

Mel and Guyna

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