The most beautiful woman in the Bible:
The Bible is a collection of stories about the lives of different people.
It gives detailed information about people, including their physical appearance.
Beauty is an ancient concept appreciated and pursued by people of the old and the present generation.
Everyone God created is beautiful. However, some people’s beauty is outstanding.
Although the Bible did not mention a particular woman as the most beautiful, it acknowledges the beauty of some women who lived in the past.
Keep reading this article to discover the most beautiful woman in the Bible and other women praised for their physical appearance.
What is beauty from a biblical perspective?
It’s lovely to be drop-dead gorgeous. In fact, a woman like Esther became queen because she was more beautiful than all the young girls who contested the post in her time.
However, the Bible does not settle only for physical appearance as beauty. The definition of real beauty from a biblical perspective is a blend of physical looks and godly character.
In fact, virtue is the standard of biblical beauty; the Bible places it above height, skin tone, curves, fashion, and self-confidence.
Even though physical appearance plays a crucial role in qualifying a woman as beautiful, it is fleeting as old age creeks in.
Proverbs 31:30 says, “Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”
The Apostle Peter also encourages women not to be carried away by outward beauty while ignoring incorruptible beauty.
“Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God” (1 Peter 3:3-4).
However, it is worthy of note that Peter was not condemning bodily adornment.
Instead, he was advocating balance and even priorities.
We must prioritize goldy virtues while maintaining outward beauty.
Who is the most beautiful woman in the Bible?
As we have said earlier, every woman God created is beautiful in her unique way. The Bible says God put much effort into creating each of us. “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Psalm 139:14).
Also, after God created Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, He paused, took a good look at His wonderful work, and said they were very good (Genesis 1:31). Therefore, we are all perfect in God’s eyes. However, humans have created a yardstick for measuring beauty. And that yardstick is physical appearance, including facial look, height, and body structure. So, we will pick the most beautiful woman in the Bible based on human standards and what the Bible says about her.
The Bible is silent about who the most beautiful woman is. But Sarah ticks all the boxes to be the beauty queen of the Bible.
Sarah, the most beautiful woman in the Bible
The Bible mentions several beautiful women. But Sarah, Abraham’s wife, stands out. Two events established and cemented her position as the queen of all beautiful women in the Bible.
Firstly, the Bible reveals how beautiful Sarah was when she and Abraham migrated to Egypt during a severe famine in Canaan.
Abraham called Sarah aside to discuss his worries. Abraham confessed to his wife that her beauty could get him into trouble. In his own words, “And it came to pass, when he was close to entering Egypt, that he said to Sarai, his wife, “Indeed I know that you are a woman of beautiful countenance. Therefore it will happen, when the Egyptians see you, that they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. Please say you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that I may live because of you.” (Genesis 12:11-1).
Sarah was so beautiful that Abraham knew other men would be grievously jealous of him, even to the extent of killing him, so he asked her to pretend to be his sister.
Apparently, Abraham was correct.
The Egyptians confirmed she was a beautiful woman.
Even the princes of the land commended her to Pharoah and took her to his palace to wed. However, God intervened and didn’t allow Pharoah to touch her.
The most fascinating thing about this is that Sarah was sixty-five years old when this happened.
Although she was old, she never lost her spark. She remained captivating, sweeping men off their feet when women her age would be covered with wrinkles.
The second event that proved Sarah’s beauty happened in Genesis 20:1–16 when Abraham journeyed to Gerar.
The Bible records that Abimelech, king of Gerar, sent and took Sarah because she was beautiful, and Abraham claimed again she was his sister instead of his wife. Sarah was over eighty years old when this happened.
Now, imagine how beautiful she was for a king to take her.
Kings are known for going for the best women. Therefore, it means Sarah was still beautiful to have attracted the king.
But Sarah was not only physically attractive. She also met God’s standard of beauty.
She was godly and virtuous.
It will take a loving and understanding wife to leave her comfort zone to follow her husband to an uncertain location because God called him. However, Sarah followed Abraham when God told Him to leave Haran and go to land He would show him.
Sarah also proved she was genuinely interested in helping her husband have a seed.
Out of her concern, she suggested that Abraham have a child with Hagar, her handmaid.
A typical woman would be jealous and never share her husband with another woman. However, she willingly allowed Him to have a son with another woman in a bid to fast-track God’s promise from coming to pass.
God rewarded her with a son, Isaac, and made her the mother of all nations.
Other beautiful women in the Bible
There are other beautiful women in the Bible worthy of note who passed the test of physical looks and inner beauty. Let’s examine their lives.
“Leah’s eyes were delicate, but Rachel was beautiful of form and appearance” (Genesis 29:17)
Rachel was the daughter of Laban, Jacob’s maternal uncle.
Jacob fell in love with Rachel and desired to marry her.
Jacob first encountered Rachel when he arrived in Paddan-Aram, seeking refuge from his brother Esau.
He immediately felt a strong affection for her and offered to work for Laban for seven years in exchange for her hand in marriage.
Laban agreed to Jacob’s request but substituted Rachel with her older sister Leah on the wedding night.
Jacob ended up marrying Leah without his knowledge due to the veil covering her face. He then agreed to work an additional seven years to marry Rachel.
Rachel would have been extremely gorgeous for Jacob to have decided to serve his uncle for fourteen years to have her hand in marriage.
“And Mordecai had brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter, for she had neither father nor mother. The young woman was lovely and beautiful…” (Esther 2:7)
Esther, whose original name was Hadassah, was a Jewish orphan raised by her cousin Mordecai. They were among the Jews exiled to Persia after the Babylonian captivity.
King Ahasuerus (Xerxes) wanted to marry a new queen after he had divorced Queen Vashti for disobeying his order.
A beauty pageant was organized for all the beautiful virgin ladies in the country.
Only Esther’s beauty caught the attention of King Ahasuerus (Xerxes), who chose her as his queen out of the numerous girls who contested the position.
Esther was not only beautiful but brave and godly.
She risked her life to save her people from the evil plan of Haman, a high-ranking official who devised a plot to annihilate the Jewish people throughout the Persian Empire. He convinced the king to issue a decree to exterminate.
When Mordecai learned of the decree, he urged Esther to use her position as queen to intercede for her people.
Esther initially hesitated due to the danger but eventually displayed great courage, deciding to approach the king without being summoned, which could result in her death.
As a result of her courage, the king had Haman hanged on the very gallows that Haman had prepared for Mordecai.
He then granted Mordecai and Esther authority to issue a counter-decree allowing the Jews to defend themselves against their enemies.
The Jewish people were saved from destruction.
“Now the young woman was very beautiful to behold, a virgin; no man had known her. And she went down to the well, filled her pitcher, and came up.” (Genesis 24:16)
Rebecca is the wife of Isaac and the mother of Esau and Jacob.
Her story begins when Abraham’s servant is sent to find a suitable wife for Abraham’s son, Isaac.
The servant encounters Rebecca at a well and recognizes her as a potential wife for Isaac. He gives her gifts, and she agrees to accompany him to Isaac.
What did Rebecca do to win their heart? She gave them water to drink and did the same to all their camels.
This act of kindness was rare at that time as water was scarce, and it took great effort to draw water from usually deep wells.
These confirm that Rebecca had both inner and outward beauty.
She was so ravishing that Isaac became comforted by his mother’s death immediately after she came into his life.
Her love quenched the thirst for love and closed the vacuum Sarah’s death dug in his heart.
Tamar (David’s daughter)
“In the course of time, Amnon son of David fell in love with Tamar, the beautiful sister of Absalom son of David.” (2 Samuel 13:1)
Tamar was so beautiful that her step-brother, Amnon, could not stop thinking about her. However, his feelings for her soon escalated into full-blown lust.
His lust for her became uncontrollable to the extent that he raped and defiled her.
It seems beauty runs in her family.
The Bible described Tamar’s brother, Absalom, as exceptionally handsome.
In 2 Samuel 14:25, it is written: “Now in all Israel there was no one so much to be praised for his handsome appearance as Absalom. From the sole of his foot to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him.”
“On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, seven eunuchs who served in the presence of King Ahasuerus, to bring Queen Vashti before the king, wearing her royal crown, in order to show her beauty to the people and the officials, for she was beautiful to behold.” (Esther 1:10-11)
Vashti is a figure mentioned in the Book of Esther in the Bible.
She was the queen and wife of King Ahasuerus (also known as King Xerxes) during the Persian Empire.
She was so beautiful that her husband utilized any opportunity to show her off.
King Ahasuerus hosted a grand feast for his officials and nobles.
He requested that Queen Vashti appear before the guests during the feast, presumably to display her beauty. Vashti, however, refused the king’s command.
Following Vashti’s removal, the king’s advisers suggested a search for a new queen from among the young virgins in the kingdom. Esther, a Jewish woman, was one of the candidates chosen to participate in this process.
She eventually won the contest and was crowned queen in place of Vashti.