Q: Scripturally does a wedding ring go on the finger or the nose?

A: In the bible there’s nose rings, there’s finger rings, there’s earrings…
One example of the ring on the finger is a signet ring. It’s a sign of authority that a king uses as his signature. It contains his name, his title, and the region of his authority. Pharoah put his signet ring upon Joseph’s finger.

Genesis 41: 42 And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph’s hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;

Pharoah was a pagan. He put a ring on Joseph’s finger because God had blessed Joseph to have authority.

Some people think that everything that is pagan is a sin. However, its only idolatry that is a sin. Some pagan aka “earthly” things are just cultural expressions.

In Hebrew culture, the wife generally wore a nose ring.

Genesis 24: 47 And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter art thou? And she said, the daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bare unto him: and I put the earring upon her face, and the bracelets upon her hands.

Nose rings are not a commandment, it’s a cultural expression. But the actual Commandment concerning marriage is stop Whoring. Stop having sex outside of covenant.

Where you put the ring doesn’t matter. You don’t even need a ring at all. Keeping your covenant with God is what really matters.

When Israel broke their covenant with God he took all the rings and the prideful beauty and vanity away from their women.

Isaiah 3:18 In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon, 19 The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers, 20 The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings, 21 The rings, and nose jewels, 22 The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins, 23 The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the vails. 24 And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty.

So we see that it wasn’t the jewelry or beauty that was a sin, it was the vanity and the idolatry of the heart that caused God to punish their whole nation.

In the new covenant we are commanded to be modest and humble as both men and women.

1 Timothy 2:I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

In our Assemblies and in our Prayer meetings we are not to bring our cool “swag” and our hats (men), our gold, jewelry, or our costliest clothing (women).

But there is no commandment that we can never wear jewelry, and it doesn’t matter in marriage whether the ring is on the finger, the nose or the ears. There doesn’t have to be a ring at all. The covenant of marriage is in the heart.

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