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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
View Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 11:16
11:16 We have no such custom here, nor any of the other churches of God - The several churches that were in the apostles' time had different customs in things that were not essential; and that under one and the same apostle, as circumstances, in different places, made it convenient. And in all things merely indifferent the custom of each place was of sufficient weight to determine prudent and peaceable men. Yet even this cannot overrule a scrupulous conscience, which really doubts whether the thing be indifferent or no. But those who are referred to here by the apostle were contentious, not conscientious, persons.
View People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 11:16
1Co 11:16 But if any man seemeth to be contentious. If, in spite of nature's lessons, a man contentiously opposes, let him know that We have no such custom, neither the churches of God. No such customs exists in the churches. Many suppose that "custom" refers to being contentious. I think, rather, that it refers to covering the head, etc. The lesson of this whole passage is that we must not defy existing social usages in such a way as to bring reproach on the church.
ben weaver's comment on 2011-12-10 19:20:34:
I feel called to oppose the often traditional teaching of this passage. My interpretation is based on this epistle rather than a study of historical culture. In the early part of this letter, Paul says he has determined to know nothing save Jesus Christ and Him crucified. He seems to refute worldly wisdom and THINGS that cause divisions. Then, beginning at ch.7:1, he yields to their more worldly questions and explains both sides of various issues, dividing them with words like "nevertheless" which we find in our v.11. Being "IN THE LORD" is a life connection with our God that other religious cultures (like Muslims & Jews) do not have, therefore it is proper for them to practice the principles described in our vs.3 thru 9. With this view, we do not need to wrest vs. 11 & 16. Also, the word "HEAD" is defined as source in vs. 8&9. Lets keep our focus on Jesus Christ and Him crucified rather than religious symbols that relate to those who are not "IN THE LORD".
ben weaver's comment on 2011-01-01 21:20:43:
The earlier writings state "We have no such custom". The churches of God did not hold to such an established practice as was just defined as being for those of the first creation (vs.8 &9). For women who are "IN THR LORD",(V.11) as with men the life connection with God is now through Jesus, not Adam and Eve. Maybe non-Christian religions should wear a symbol of a sin barrier between the creator and fallen humanity.
Ben Weaver's comment on 2010-12-10 18:32:27:
The Gr. word for custom is "Sunetheia" and its definition is "An established custom or practice". Contention does not fit this definition. The K.J.V. and other early translations agree with the Gr. in having Paul write "We have no such custom" whereas modern renderings reverse this message to say "We have no custom other than this". When we take "head" of v. 3 to mean superior or chief, instead of source in the order of creation, as described in vs. 7-9, we create a problem. Verse 10 is also frequently twisted to say the opposite of what Paul wrote. Why don't we do word studies instead of defending traditional interpretations? Jesus told the well-meaning Pharisees, "You have made the word of God of none effect through your tradition. May our Lord direct and bless.
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