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1 Corinthians 11:1-34

11  Be imitators of me in the same way as I am of Christ. 2*  And I praise you that you thoroughly remember me and stick to the correct line as I passed it on to you. 3*  But I want you to know that every man’s head is the Christ, and a woman’s head the man, and the Christ’s head God. 4  Any man praying or prophesying with anything on his head is disgracing his head. 5  But a woman praying or prophesying with her head uncovered is disgracing her head, for it is one and the same thing as a shaved woman. 6  For if a woman is not covered, let her have her hair cut too; but if having her hair cut or shaved is disgraceful for a woman, let her be covered. 7  For a man ought not to have his head covered, he being the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man, 8  for man does not have his being out of woman but woman out of man; 9  for, also, man was not created on account of the woman but a woman on account of the man. 10  For this reason the woman ought to have a safeguard over her head because of the angels. 11  There is not in the Lord, though, woman apart from man nor man apart from woman; 12  for as the woman comes out of the man, so does the man too come through the woman; and everything comes out of God. 13*  Judge in your own consciences: is it proper for a woman to pray uncovered to God? 14  Does not even 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 she is given her hair to serve as a wrap? 16  But if anybody sees fit to be disputatious,—we do not have such a custom, and neither do God’s churches. 17*  But this injunction I give without praise for your way of coming together not for the better but for the worse: 18  for, in the first place, when you come together in a church meeting I hear there are divisions among you; and to some extent I believe it, 19*  for there do have to be factions among you in order that it may become apparent among you which ones are of the right kind. 20  So when you meet together there is no eating a supper of the Lord’s, 21  for each one is getting a start in the eating to take his own supper, and one goes hungry and another has had too much drink. 22  Why, have you no houses for eating and drinking? or are you despising the church of God and shaming those who have nothing? What am I to say to you? am I to praise you over this? I do not. 23  For I received from the Lord that same thing that I handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night when he was to be arrested, took bread 24  and gave thanks and broke it and said “This is my body that goes for you; do this in remembrance of me”; 25  in the same way the cup too, after eating the supper, saying “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, as often as you drink, in remembrance of me.” 26  For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you are announcing the death of the Lord, until he come. 27  Consequently one who eats the Lord’s bread or drinks his cup in unworthy fashion will be liable for the body and blood of the Lord. 28  But let a man see how he is to be rated, and in such fashion eat from the loaf and drink from the cup; 29  for he who eats and drinks is eating and drinking a judgment upon himself when he does not distinguish the body. 30  That is why there are among you many weakly and sick, and a number have gone to their rest. 31  But if we saw how we stood, we should not be judged; 32  but in being judged we are being disciplined by the Lord, in order that we may not be condemned with the world. 33  Consequently, my brothers, when you come together to eat wait for each other. 34*  If anybody is hungry let him eat at home, in order that your coming together may not run you into judgment. And as to the rest I will give directions when I shall come.

Footnotes

11:2 Lit. you all-round remember me
11:3 Or a woman’s head the husband
11:13 Lit. in yourselves
11:17 Lit. But enjoining this I do not praise (var. But this I enjoin not praising) that (or because) you come together
11:19 Var. that along with the rest it may
11:34 Lit. that you may not come together into judgment