Bald, for the Hebrews, was not beautiful (2 Kgs. 2: 23–4), and the mockery of it by the boys provoked a fearful punishment. Plucking out hair was a sign of mourning (Amos 8: 10). Although Hebrews admired men's long hair (2 Sam. 14: 26), Paul disapproves of hair worn long by men (1 Cor. 11: 14). Christian women were expected not to have their hair braided (1 Tim. 2: 9) but long (1 Cor. 11: 15).