1 Corinthians 11:1-16 Revised Standard Version

11 1  Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

The Covering of Women's Heads

2  I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I have delivered them to you. 3  But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a woman is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. 4  Any man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head, 5  but any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled dishonors her head--it is the same as if her head were shaven. 6  For if a woman will not veil herself, then she should cut off her hair; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her wear a veil. 7  For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. 8  (For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. 9  Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.) 10  That is why a woman ought to have a veil on her head, because of the angels. 11  (Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; 12  for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God.) 13  Judge for yourselves; is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14  Does not nature itself teach you that for a man to wear long hair is degrading to him, 15  but if a woman has long hair, it is her pride? For her hair is given to her for a covering. 16  If any one is disposed to be contentious, we recognize no other practice, nor do the churches of God.

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