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Niqab in the Bible-Part 2

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Continuing on from this post : https://islamicarchives.wordpress.com/2016/12/11/niqab-in-the-bible-covering-of-the-eyes 

Let us continue to examine more Biblical commentaries on this verse

Genesis 20:16  King James Bible

And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver: behold, he is to thee a covering of the eyes, unto all that are with thee, and with all other: thus she was reproved.

Adam Clarke Commentary

Behold, he is to thee a covering of the eyes – It – the one thousand shekels, (not he – Abraham), is to thee for a covering – to procure thee a veil to conceal thy beauty (unto all that are with thee, and with all other) from all thy own kindred and acquaintance, and from all strangers, that none, seeing thou art another mans wife; may covet thee on account of thy comeliness.

 

 

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Genesis 20:16. Behold, I have given thy brother, &c.— There is nothing in the Hebrew for pieces, and therefore nothing certain can be determined as to the quantity of this silver. The opinions of expositors are various respecting this difficult passage. The authors of the Universal History appear to me to have given a just translation of this passage, though contrary to our own: “Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver, or thirty of silver money, and behold it (this present) may serve to buy thee a veil to cover thy eyes, before all those with whom thou shalt converse for the future, as well as before all those who shall be with thee:” thus she was reproved. For a veil was worn in token of subjection to the husband, and that the wife’s chastity might be thereby preserved from the insults and snares of others.

 

 

Joseph Benson’s Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

Genesis 20:16. He, or this, is to thee a covering of the eyes — For the words may be expounded either of the money given to Abraham to buy a veil for the covering of her face, and to be worn in token of her subjection to her husband; or of Abraham, that he must be a covering of her eyes, that she should look at no other, nor desire to be looked at by any other. Yoke- fellows must be to each other for a covering of the eyes. The marriage covenant is a covenant with the eyes, like Job’s; Job 31:1. Thus she was reproved — Or instructed. The Septuagint is και παντα αληθευσον, speak thou the truth in all things, referring, no doubt, to the equivocation she and Abraham had used.

George Haydock’s Catholic Bible Commentary
Thy brother, as thou hast agreed to call thy husband. — Pieces, or sicles of silver, worth a little above 2s. 3d. each; total £113 sterling. — A covering, or veil, to shew thou art married, and prevent thee from being taken by any one hereafter. It was to be so rich, that all might know her quality. St. Paul (1 Corinthians xi. 5, 15.) orders women to be covered. (Calmet)

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible – Unabridged

And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver: behold, he is to thee a covering of the eyes, unto all that are with thee, and with all other: thus she was reproved.

I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver. [The word sheqel (Hebrew #8255) is often omitted: cf. Genesis 37:28; Deuteronomy 22:19; Hosea 3:2.]

He is to thee a covering of the eyes. This is commonly understood to mean a veil to conceal her charms, and be a public manifestation to all that she was a married woman (1 Corinthians 11:10). As Calvin expounds it-`If you were unmarried, you would be exposed to many and great perils. But since God has given you a husband to be the guardian of your chastity, it becomes you to conceal yourself under that covering. Why should you voluntarily lay it aside?’ But not to dwell on the extraordinary amount given, if the money was designed solely for the purchase of a veil, there is no certain evidence that in oriental countries the use of the veil was at any period confined to married women [ k

 

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