What are Lawful Garments?
Clean garments are identified by what is according to the law. Garments or apparel contrary to the law are unlawful. Unlawful apparel includes clothing made of wool and linen woven together.
Edification on Fringes
According to the Lord, we are to wear fringes with at least one thread of blue in each fringe.
Speak unto the children of Israel,……. and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue:
The amount of fringes required by the Lord depends on the type of garment being worn, whether clothing with four quarters at the ends or no quarters at the ends of the garment:
If you’re clothing that has four quarters(corners) at the ends of the garment, fringes are required for the four quarters of the garment totaling four fringes in the corners of the garment to fulfill the law:
Thou shalt make thee fringes upon the four quarters of thy vesture, wherewith thou coverest thyself.
Examples of 4 quartered vesture:
2. On the other hand, if you have a garment that has no quarters of its borders, then just put fringes (at least two) in the borders of the garment to fulfill the law:
Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue:
Examples of quarter-less borders on a garment:
It is not a requirement that the whole border of the garment be fringed to fulfill the law. One just has to put fringes (at least two) in the borders of the garment with a thread of blue in each fringe to fulfill the law.
Where Fringes must be placed on Garments
According to Numbers 15:38 fringes must be placed in the "borders"H3671 of your garments. Meaning the bottom edge at the ends of your garment:
From H3670; an edge or extremity; specifically.. (of a garment or bed clothing) a flap, (of the earth) a quarter, : - + bird, border, corner, end, , X quarters, skirt, uttermost part, wing ([-ed]).
1 the farthest or outermost point or section; termination
2 the greatest or most intense degree
1 most remote or outermost; farthest:
Concerning what color blue is according to scripture:
The word for blue is different than the word for purple in the scriptures. The word for "purple " is the word ארגמן H173 in the scriptures. The word תכלת H8504 means "blue" as it says in the scriptures.
And blue H8504, and purple H713, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats
Strong's Definition: Probably for H7827; the cerulean mussel, that is, the color (violet) obtained therefrom or stuff dyed therewith: - blue
In simplicity, the definitions shows the word for purple is not the same word as the word for blue in the scriptures nor in the Hebrew language. The word תכלת H8504 is describing "the cerulean mussel" and if you google what it looks like, the mussel is in different kinds (shades) of blue. It ranges from dark blue, light blue, and up to a dark violet color, which contains blue and red of a mixed shade. The color violet is actually made with blue. The dark blue colors are very close to dark violet colors. The color "indigo" is a good example of how blue and violet are so close together.
Also the color "Cerulean" is blue:
The fact that the definition has "violet" and "blue" just shows that fringes can range in different colors of blue through reddish-blue making violet. We just have to be sure we have some kind of blue/reddish-blue (Violet shade) thread in our fringes. At least one thread has to be a blue. If you want to wear "cerulean blue" it is righteous. If you want to wear another kind of blue in the spectrum of blue or violet, it is still blue like the law commands so it is righteous. You are not breaking the law once you have on at least one thread (ribband H6616) of blue in the fringe to fulfill the righteousness of the law.
We are not to make the likenesses of any creatures nor put them upon our clothing.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
From H4327; something portioned (that is, fashioned) out, as a shape, that is, (indefinitely) phantom, or (specifically) embodiment, or (figuratively) manifestation (of favor): - image, likeness, similitude.
It is a custom of the nations to make the likenesses of creatures upon their clothing.
Jasher 74: 14
And king Azdrubal had a very beautiful daughter, whose name was Ushpezena, and all the men of Africa embroidered her likeness on their garments, on account of her great beauty and comely appearance.
Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
For the customs of the people are vain:....
On the other hand for believers it is not lawful to paint images of any creatures.
And had it been lawful for us to paint, as some artist, the tale of thy piety, would not the spectators have shuddered at the mother of seven sons suffering for righteousness' sake multitudinous tortures even unto death?
Clean materials for Garments
In scripture, garments include headdress (wraps/caps), shirts, coats, undergarments, belts, underwear, dresses, skirts, robes and pants. Garments do not include socks, gloves, and shoes so they may be interwoven of any appropriate material. Our garments must not be made of wool and linen together, but they can be made of any other appropriate material woven together.
Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woollen and linen together.
For edification, If you have a linen shirt and a woolen undershirt, it's lawful because the two materials are not woven together.
Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee.
Socks & Shoes
According to Hebrew definition, law, and precepts, socks and shoes are lawful to be of any mixed fabrics or appropriate materials. To confirm the edification, it is written "our garments H899 and our shoes H5275.."Joshua 9:11, which substantiates that garments and shoes are two different words, nor do they have the same meaning. Also bed sheets, towels, curtains, and pillow cases can be of any appropriate material according to the law since they are not garments or apparel.
from 898; a covering, i.e. clothing; also treachery or pillage:— apparel, cloth(-es, ing), garment, lap, rag, raiment, robe, X very (treacherously), vesture, wardrobe.
from 5274; BDB Definition: sandal, shoe. Strong's Definition: properly, a sandal tongue; by extens. a sandal or slipper (sometimes as a symbol of occupancy, a refusal to marry, or of something valueless):— dryshod, (pair of) shoe((-latchet), -s).
Here are examples of the differentiation between shoes and garments, to understand they are not viewed in the same light according to the law.
And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
(This is because the shoes were unclean, yet when one is not in an holy place, it was no transgression of the law to wear the same shoes seeing as though Moses kept those shoes on to go deliver the Children of Israel.)
And these bottles of wine, which we filled, were new; and, behold, they be rent: and these our garments
and our shoes are become old by reason of the very long journey.
Notice they mention their garments and shoes, because shoes and garments are not one in the same. This example confirms that garments according to the law do not include footwear.
But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe,G4749 and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes G5266 on his feet:
(notice the robe is the garment and the shoes are for footwear.)
from 4724; equipment, i.e. (specially), a "stole" or long-fitting gown (as a mark of dignity):— long clothing (garment), (long) robe.
from 5265; something bound under the feet, i.e. a shoe or sandal:— shoe
Sock are not mentioned as garments in the sight of Alahayim because they are considered footwear, hence there is not transgression if they be of mixed fabrics of appropriate materials. As it is written, "where there is no law, there is no transgression." High heels are lawful to wear. Sisters, need only be mindful that they be worn in modest fashion as is becoming of women professing piety without the intent to deceive the mind of a man by outward attraction. This helps avoid the spirit of fornication because evil women, according to Reuben, use the wiles of outward attractions to draw men unto themselves being overcome by the spirit of fornication:
Testament of Rueben 5
1 For evil are women, my children; and since they have no power or strength over man, they use2 wiles by outward attractions, that they may draw him to themselves. And whom they cannot 3 bewitch by outward attractions, him they overcome by craft. For moreover, concerning them, the angel of THE LORD told me, and taught me, that women are overcome by the spirit of fornication more than men, and in their heart they plot against men; and by means of their adornment they deceive first their minds, and by the glance of the eye instill the poison, and then through the accomplished 4 act they take them captive. For a woman cannot force a man openly, but by a harlot’s 5 bearing she beguiles him. Flee, therefore, fornication, my children, and command your wives and your daughters, that they adorn not their heads and faces to deceive the mind: because every woman 6 who useth these wiles hath been reserved for eternal punishment. For thus they allured the Watchers who were before the flood; for as these continually beheld them, they lusted after them, and they conceived the act in their mind; for they changed themselves into the shape of men, and 7 appeared to them when they were with their husbands. And the women lusting in their minds after their forms, gave birth to giants, for the Watchers appeared to them as reaching even unto heaven.