The climax principle asserts that a sequence of similar phrases
should be interpreted climactically even if the words
and grammatical constructs used do not directly suggest this. That is
the fact of the sequence justifies
reading into the Biblical text
a climactic interpretation
even if no other textual source justifies it. For this reason we consider
the climax method a distinct and separate method.
the gifts the Jews received when leaving Egypt
is written in a climactic manner as shown. For convenience
we have inserted the Rashi comments clarifying the nature of the climax
And the people of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed from the Egyptians
just as gold is more important than silver, so too the
clothes were more important and useful than gold. Hence
they are mentioned last.
Rashi does not clarify further why clothing is more important than gold. Perhaps it is the
simple theme that money is an end - the important thing is what you buy with the money.
On a deeper level I think the intent is that Egyptians had special types of clothes
which were good for marriages and businesses. Here is one small example. Isiah mentions
the exposes clothing. Apparently exposes were clothing with patterns of exposed holes
so that a woman wearing them as lingerie would attract her husband. It could be conjectured
that the Egyptians had clothing for marriage and business which helped people who
wore them achieve their ends. In other words the Egyptians were national leaders in clothing manufacturer
and their clothing products were highly regarded.