1 Corinthians 11:10

“For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For this cause ought the woman to haue power on her head, because of the Angels.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Therefore the woman ought to have {a symbol of} authority on her head, because of the angels.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

for this cause ought the woman to have `a sign of' authority on her head, because of the angels.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For this reason it is right for the woman to have a sign of authority on her head, because of the angels.
- Basic English Bible

Therefore ought the woman to have authority on her head, on account of the angels.
- Darby Bible

For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head, because of the angels.
- Webster's Bible

That is why a woman ought to have on her head a symbol of subjection, because of the angels.
- Weymouth Bible

For this cause the woman ought to have authority on her head, because of the angels.
- World English Bible

Therfor the womman schal haue an hilyng on hir heed, also for aungelis.
- Wycliffe Bible

because of this the woman ought to have [a token of] authority upon the head, because of the messengers;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 11:10


11:10 For this cause also a woman ought to be veiled in the public assemblies, because of the angels - Who attend there, and before whom they should be careful not to do anything indecent or irregular.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 11:10


1Co 11:10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on [her] head. She ought to have on her head the veil, the badge of submission to authority. Because of the angels. This clause has puzzled the critics. The idea probably is: "There should be no violation of decorum, such as a bareheaded woman in a public assembly would be, lest it offend the ministering angels which are always present, though unseen".

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 11

  • Jettie Hess
    Am finding your words confusing. 1st Corinthians Chapter 11 is meaningful to those who respect and love the Lord. As far as communion, every time we partake of the bread and drink from the cup, we are re-telling the message of the Lord's death, that He has died for us. This too, is to be done respectfully, and is something we are asked to do until He comes again.
  • Dr John Court.
    No transubstantiation here. !!!
    Yet another totally absurd notion confected by men dressed in rich vestments to give the impresion off power. Instead why not invoke the fulness of God the Holy Spirit!!??
  • Ben Weaver
    Vs.11-12 describe how our new testament life "In the Lord" required both a fallen human representative, (Mary a woman) and also Jesus a man, so that the Word could be made flesh,(see Jn.1:14) whereas, in the former creation, (see v.8) man (Adam) was not made of a woman. This was all in God's purpose. to connect Almighty God with fallen humanity, both male and female by Jesus, the second Adam.
  • Ben Weaver
    Verse 3 starts with "but" which changes thought flow to Paul's answer to their question. The Gr. word for head means "source or supply" (see "sum" Acts 22:28.) The present context describes Adam being the substance for Eve's being, and that "in the Lord" (see v.11) Christ is the life source for both. (every man.) There is no indication to "head" meaning superior role, rather like a river's head.
  • Ben Weaver
    As part of Paul's response to their questions; (see Ch.7:1) verses 2 thru 9 are referring to first creation, and 10 to 16 about being "In the Lord."(v.11) Let the woman be covered" is a fitting symbol for non-Christian- God fearing women, indicating the fall of mankind. In Jesus, such separation is overcome, therefore the churches have no such custom. Bible head covering always indicates failure.
  • Ben Weaver
    Frequently misinterpreted passage! The Greek had no indication to a symbol, but simply stated, Because of the angels, (see Heb. 1:14) the woman ought to have power (jurisdiction, rule, or right) on/over her head. Rev. 2:26 uses the same two Gr. words as: "I will give him power over the nations." Our verses 2 thru 9 are referring to original lost creation, thereafter to being in the Lord. vs.11

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