I always assumed that כל כבודה בת מלך פנימה (Tehillim 45:14) refers to a girl remaining at home, and that is how the mefarshim seem to explain it (Ibn Ezra and Radak). However, I hear it used primarily as a reference to the way girls must dress.

Is there a source for such an explanation?

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    – mevaqesh
    Oct 24, 2017 at 23:40
  • Is there a source for such an explanation do you mean that it refers to dress elusively, or that it refers to general modesty which includes modest dress?
    – mevaqesh
    Oct 24, 2017 at 23:42
  • Maybe it's a nasal letter-flip with the singular of פנינים and it refers to a jewel, like the verses surrounding it. Remember Kevuddah means "wealth" like Judges 18:21 וַיָּשִׂימוּ אֶת-הַטַּף וְאֶת-הַמִּקְנֶה וְאֶת-הַכְּבוּדָּה לִפְנֵיהֶם (not unlike the the usage in a couple weeks וּמֵאֲשֶׁר לְאָבִינוּ עָשָׂה אֵת כָּל-הַכָּבֹד הַזֶּה). Indeed the Targum to that verse translates Kol Kevuddah as כל שפר ארג נכסי, a phrase familiar to us from the Ketubbah where the husband promises to pay off the Ketubbah from all his wealth. (Even if פנימה does mean inside, recall the queen didn't control land.)
    – Double AA
    Oct 25, 2017 at 12:44

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Just read the end of the verse .. "ממשבצות זהב לבושה ".. you can see it refers to the dress.

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    You need to add more detail to your answer. Oct 25, 2017 at 11:18
  • see commentators, that explain ממשבצות זהב לבושה to mean the reward or the result of כל כבודה בת בלך מנימה, not an elaboration.
    – Hershy S.
    Nov 8, 2017 at 2:39
  • see the מצודות דוד: "כל כבודה" - כל אשה מכובדה ובת מלך היושבת פנימה בחדרה לפי רוב כבודה אשר לבושה עשוי ממשבצות זהב Nov 12, 2017 at 7:52

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