1 Corinthians 11:16

“But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But if any man seeme to be contentious, we haue no such custome, neither the Churches of God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But if one is inclined to be contentious, we have no other practice, nor have the churches of God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But if any man seemeth to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But if any man will not be ruled in this question, this is not our way of doing things, and it is not done in the churches of God.
- Basic English Bible

But if any one think to be contentious, *we* have no such custom, nor the assemblies of God.
- Darby Bible

But if any man seemeth to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.
- Webster's Bible

But if any one is inclined to be contentious on the point, we have no such custom, nor have the Churches of God.
- Weymouth Bible

But if any man seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither do God's assemblies.
- World English Bible

But if ony man is seyn to be ful of strijf, we han noon siche custom, nethir the chirche of God.
- Wycliffe Bible

and if any one doth think to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the assemblies of God.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

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.


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.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 11:16

  • Stephen ojok for verse 16
    There 's something to consider in paul 's saying,as people of God we all know how women who are in the house of God ought to adorn themselves potraying man as men potrays God paul clearly stated that women has to cover because of the angels. So what would it potrays then if she is shorn? Paul was not utterly saying that a woman should shave.even naturally, its only for some circumstances that a woman shaves
  • T. Milton Brown for verse 16
    I must say that each of those that wrote a comment, created more confusion than clarification! Each one needs to edit themselves and re word their comments in order to clarify what they are attempting to clarify.
  • Mike Irby for verse 16
    I believe Paul is saying If it causes you to stumble wearing or not wearing we have no such practice It is not a law It is also worth noting that Paul said if it is ok for a woman to have shorn hair or a shaved head then this obviously would not apply Consider scripture verses that teache men not to trim their beards or shave their heads Thirdly those who would contend women should wear head coverings should also contend that Jesus did not have long hair though Jesus is commonly portrayed that way in our culture In this passage Paul says it dishonors a man to have long hair This is ammo for the contentious Lastly This passage dispels another false teaching Many teach women should not prophesy in church They are mistaken according to this passage were they are only encouraged to cover their head while prophesying or praying
  • Harry johnson for verse 16
    Apostle Paul wouldn't have said a woman's long hair is her glory and for a covering,why would he go against his teaching, He is not that kind of a man.
  • Ken Bergstrom for verse 16
    One should not explain away the passage of 1 Cor. 11, but explain what Paul is trying to teach. This passage is not difficult to understand, people just explain it away so they don't have to live under its teaching.
  • Ben weaver for verse 16
    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".

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