Instructions about Head Coverings

Now I praise you[a] because you remember me in everything and hold fast to the traditions(A) just as I delivered(B) them to you. But I want you to know that Christ is the head(C) of every man, and the man is the head of the woman,[b](D) and God is the head of Christ.(E) Every man who prays or prophesies with something on his head dishonors(F) his head. Every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since that is one and the same as having her head shaved.(G) For if a woman doesn’t cover her head, she should have her hair cut off. But if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, let her head be covered.

A man should not cover his head, because he is the image(H) and glory of God.(I) So too, woman is the glory of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman came from man.(J) Neither was man created for the sake of woman, but woman for the sake of man. 10 This is why a woman should have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. 11 In the Lord, however, woman is not independent of man, and man is not independent of woman. 12 For just as woman came from man, so man comes through woman, and all things come from God.(K)

13 Judge(L) for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not even nature itself teach(M) you that if a man has long hair it is a disgrace(N) to him, 15 but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory?(O) For her hair is given to her[c] as a covering. 16 If anyone wants to argue about this, we have no other[d] custom, nor do the churches of God.

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Footnotes

  1. 11:2 Other mss add brothers,
  2. 11:3 Or the husband is the head of the wife
  3. 11:15 Other mss omit to her
  4. 11:16 Or no such

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