„Let your beauty be not just the outward adorning of braiding the hair, and of wearing jewels of gold, or of putting on fine clothing; but in the hidden person of the heart, in the incorruptible adornment of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God very precious.“

1 Peter 3:3-4 ( World English Bible http://biblehub.com/web/1_peter/3.htm)

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