The Greek word “ἐγκομβόομαι”

Limited to 1 Pet. 5:5, the Greek verb “enkomboomai” meant “”cover oneself with” or “clothe oneself with.”  Christians should “clothe themselves with” humility.

In commenting on this word Spicq (1:404) said:  “A denominative verb formed from kombos, ‘knot, buckle,’ this biblical hapax means ‘attach, fasten.’  It evokes the large apron that workers or slaves fitted or fastened to their tunics to protect them.”  This term tells us a “Christian should present himself before his neighbor in an attitude of modesty, reserve, and self-renunciation, thanks to a humility that is solidly fitted and manifest” (ibid).