1 Corinthians 11:14

“Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Doeth not euen nature it selfe teach you, that if a man haue long haire, it is a shame vnto him?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a dishonor to him?
- American Standard Version (1901)

Does it not seem natural to you that if a man has long hair, it is a cause of shame to him?
- Basic English Bible

Does not even nature itself teach you, that man, if he have long hair, it is a dishonour to him?
- Darby Bible

Doth not even nature itself teach you, that if a man hath long hair, it is a shame to him?
- Webster's Bible

Does not Nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair it is a dishonor to him,
- Weymouth Bible

Doesn't even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him?
- World English Bible

Nether the kynde it silf techith vs, for if a man nursche longe heer, it is schenschipe to hym;
- Wycliffe Bible

doth not even nature itself teach you, that if a man indeed have long hair, a dishonour it is to him?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 11:14


11:14 For a man to have long hair, carefully adjusted, is such a mark of effeminacy as is a disgrace to him.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 11:14


1Co 11:14,15 Doth not even nature itself teach you?, etc. It is nature's arrangement that men should wear short hair, and a woman long. For a man to have long hair and a woman to be shorn are violations of nature's teachings.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 11:14

  • I don 't think it wrong biblicaly for man to have long hair,indeed I got a very long hair
  • James Sober for verse 14
    I don 't get this, do you mean that if you a long hair it 's a sin! Please let me ask all the apostles of Christ and himself had long hair but come think of this Apostle Paul himself had a long hair, so what is the bow of contention now. Personally, I think Paul was referring to this Rasta Hair do but if it 's not so then let God be the Judge. Christ did not teach this but tought holiness and righteousness, which He said expect our righteousness shall exceed that of the scrbes and the pharisees we shall in no case enter into the kingdom of God. I don 't know the hair style of the corinthians at that time but what of we in west Africa. Let God be God .
  • Let us not forget that Jesus himself is portrayed in literally hundreds of pictures and descriptions including the "Shroud of Turin " as having shoulder length or longer hair. Based on this alone I would say it is not shameful to have long hair for a man.
  • Toujoursdan for verse 14
    Leviticus 19:27 says: "Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard. " which means Hebrew men had to have long hair. If it was unnatural for men to have long hair, why would God command it?
  • Abigail for verse 14
    If you 're going to throw Scripture in to prove your opinion you 're treading water. The example some are giving is Samson. One must look at Context first. Samson took a Nazarite vow. There were other stipulations besides long hair for this vow and most of the time a Nazarite was only for a period of time. But Yehovah chose Samson to do a specific role for a specific time in Israel. Most men did not have long hair. Yeshua did not take the Nazarite vow. Therefore, why do you see Him with long hair in movies? Many say He was a rebel. Yeshua was many things but He was not a rebel. He said often, "I only do what my Father tells Me to do. One must study one 's character in order to form an opinion. Yeshua would be saying, "Do as I say. Not as I do. " This would be out of character for Yehovah. He does not lie nor tell you to do differently than Him. In I Corinthians 11 14, Holy Spirit is speaking through Paul concerning authority. Please read it in Context and you 'll see more clearly. Paul is talking about accountability and authority and how that flows in Yehovah 's kingdom.
  • I think it 's easy to major on the minor with these type of issues. It 's much more important that a person be saved and have the Holy Spirit abiding in him and have the Holy Spirit convict him on these issues.If the person will not accept the teaching and conviction of the Holy Spirit then you and I are very nieve to think that we can change a persons lifestyle or appearance. Keep in mind that God does look upon the heart of man and we tend to do the opposite ! So it 's better to pray for people than it is to judge them ! If a saved man remains defiant then this falls strictly between he and God and we only make things worse when we attempt to correct him. Prayer is the answer for all parties in these situations !

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