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

  • A disciple
    Barbara; but if anyone seems to be contentious about it; "We have no such tradition!" I think that there are many things we COULD do as signs and for teaching in the statutes that Moses gave to the children of Israel; as long as we can confirm them by the manner of life that shows the grace of God in the Gospel of Christ REALLY true and fulfilled, an evidence of the Presence of His Spirit in us.
  • Dennis James
    Alleluia Glory To God
  • Barbara Rodgers

    The Bible says that it is a sham for a woman to pray uncovered and it is a shame for a man to pray covered and their hair is the covering that God has given them. Therefore if people say it is ok for a woman to pray uncovered then it would be ok for the man to pray covered. It is a shame, and we are pleasing ourselves when we go against what God has said, who is the one we will stand before.
  • Kufre
    covering of hair by women, the bible did not out rightly condemned it as sin, in verse 13, the bible tells us to judge in ourselves whether it is comely for that a woman should pray unto God uncovered. It is left for us to judge it. If it was a sin, the bible would have condemned it straight ahead.
  • Ray321
    Romans 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. I will always feed my enemies with God's WORD. Jesus never gave up on sinners.
  • BSP
    Verse 3: Every being created has a head that they are to be subject to. This shows how Jehovah God is a God of order.

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