[Abram] 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."
~ Genesis 12:11-12 (NKJV)
Though she was about seventy years old, the beauty of Sarah (Sarai) commanded such attention that Abraham feared for his life. Longer age expectancies (Abraham lived to age 175) only partly explains that.
The particular Hebrew noun translated "beautiful countenance" is yâpheh, from the verb yâphâh, meaning to "be bright."
The face of Moses shone when he spent time in the Lord's presence. Perhaps such time is the only beauty treatment we need ever use.
"As an ambassador for the King of kings, whose kingdom is love, joy and peace, your face must be radiant, otherwise your message will not be believed."
~ Basilea Schlink
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