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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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1 Corinthians 11:1-34

11  Become imitators of me, even as I am of Christ.+  Now I commend YOU because in all things YOU have me in mind and YOU are holding fast the traditions+ just as I handed [them] on to YOU.  But I want YOU to know that the head of every man is the Christ;+ in turn the head of a woman is the man;+ in turn the head of the Christ is God.+  Every man that prays or prophesies having something on his head shames his head;+  but every woman that prays or prophesies+ with her head uncovered* shames her head,+ for it is one and the same as if she were a [woman] with a shaved head.*+  For if a woman does not cover herself, let her also be shorn; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to be shorn or shaved,+ let her be covered.+  For a man ought not to have his head covered, as he is God’s image+ and glory;+ but the woman is man’s glory.+  For man is not out of* woman, but woman out of* man;+  and, what is more, man was not created for the sake of the woman, but woman for the sake of the man.+ 10  That is why the woman ought to have a sign of authority* upon her head+ because of the angels.+ 11  Besides, in connection with [the] Lord neither is woman without man nor man without woman.+ 12  For just as the woman is out of the man,+ so also the man is through the woman;+ but all things are out of God.+ 13  Judge for YOUR own selves: Is it fitting for a woman to pray uncovered to God? 14  Does not nature itself teach YOU that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him; 15  but if a woman has long hair, it is a glory+ to her? Because her hair is given her instead of a headdress.*+ 16  However, if any man seems to dispute+ for some other custom,+ we have no other, neither do the congregations of God. 17  But, while giving these instructions, I do not commend YOU because it is, not for the better, but for the worse that YOU meet together.+ 18  For first of all, when YOU come together in a congregation, I hear* divisions* exist among YOU;+ and in some measure I believe it. 19  For there must also be sects*+ among YOU, that the persons approved may also become manifest among YOU.+ 20  Therefore, when YOU come together to one place, it is not possible to eat* the Lord’s evening meal.*+ 21  For, when YOU eat [it],* each one takes his own evening meal beforehand, so that one is hungry but another is intoxicated. 22  Certainly YOU do have houses for eating and drinking, do YOU not?+ Or do YOU despise the congregation of God and make those who have nothing+ ashamed? What shall I say to YOU? Shall I commend YOU? In this I do not commend YOU. 23  For I received from the Lord* that which I also handed on to YOU, that the Lord Jesus in the night+ in which he was going to be handed over took a loaf 24  and, after giving thanks, he broke it+ and said: “This means* my body+ which is in YOUR behalf. Keep doing this in remembrance+ of me.” 25  He did likewise respecting the cup+ also, after he had the evening meal, saying: “This cup means the new covenant+ by virtue of my blood.+ Keep doing this, as often as YOU drink it, in remembrance+ of me.” 26  For as often+ as YOU eat this loaf and drink this cup, YOU keep proclaiming the death+ of the Lord, until he arrives.+ 27  Consequently whoever eats the loaf or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will be guilty+ respecting the body and the blood+ of the Lord. 28  First let a man approve himself after scrutiny,+ and thus let him eat of the loaf and drink of the cup. 29  For he that eats and drinks eats and drinks judgment+ against himself if he does not discern the body. 30  That is why many among YOU are weak and sickly, and quite a few are sleeping+ [in death]. 31  But if we would discern what we ourselves are, we would not be judged.+ 32  However, when we are judged,+ we are disciplined by Jehovah,*+ that we may not become condemned+ with the world.+ 33  Consequently, my brothers, when YOU come together to eat [it],+ wait for one another. 34  If anyone is hungry, let him eat at home,+ that YOU may not come together for judgment.+ But the remaining matters I will set in order when I get there.


Or, “unveiled.”
That is, as punishment for immorality.
Or, “man does not belong to.”
Or, “woman belongs to.”
Or, “permitted freedom.”
Or, “given her as a covering.”
Or, “keep on hearing.”
Or, “splits.” Gr., skhi′sma·ta, “schisms.”
“Sects.” Gr., hai·re′seis; Lat., he′re·ses.
Or, “there is no eating of.”
Lit., “supper pertaining to the Lord.”
Or, “when he eats [it].”
“The Lord,” אAB; J13,14, “Jehovah.”
Lit., “is.” Gr., e·stin. See Mt 26:26 ftn.
See App 1D.