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

  • Martha
    @ Rose John 14:8-9

    8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
    9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?
  • A disciple
    "Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another." In the same spirit as, "love suffers long and is kind;" we should be careful not to find fault with each other, but rather to support each other in the Lord; with the same good mind toward them as the Lord has. Inasmuch as we have a fear and dread of the Supreme Greatness of God we should reverence His image in all men.
  • Rose
    Martha, But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in Heaven. This was Jesus speaking to his disciples before he sent them out to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. They believed in God , but refused to believe Jesus came as the Son of God, to do the work of God, his Father in Heaven. Jhon 14:20 I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you .
  • Martha
    @Bruce...Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
  • Bruce
    Martha:Yes,Trinity=Three in Heaven:The Father,The Word and The Holy Ghost: and these three are one. / and The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us---John1:14 /In whom we have redemption through his blood,even the forgiveness of sins:Colossians1:14/--- washed us from our sins in his ownblood: Revelation1:5 / Baptized with The Holy Ghost Matthew3:11 / changed 1Corinthians5:17 / ; 66 Books=1Bible
  • Martha
    @Bruce...the scripture you gave John 5:7 was well said but you didn't finish the scripture. You left out: "And these three are one"! Sounds like one God to me!
    1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

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