1 Corinthians 11:3

“But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But I would haue you knowe, that the head of euery man is Christ: and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But it is important for you to keep this fact in mind, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God.
- Basic English Bible

But I wish you to know that the Christ is the head of every man, but woman's head [is] the man, and the Christ's head God.
- Darby Bible

But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
- Webster's Bible

I would have you know, however, that of every man, Christ is the Head, that of a woman her husband is the Head, and that God is Christ's Head.
- Weymouth Bible

But I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God.
- World English Bible

But Y wole that ye wite, that Crist is heed of ech man; but the heed of the womman is the man; and the heed of Crist is God.
- Wycliffe Bible

and I wish you to know that of every man the head is the Christ, and the head of a woman is the husband, and the head of Christ is God.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 11:3


11:3 I would have you know - He does not seem to have given them any order before concerning this. The head of every man - Particularly every believer. Is Christ, and the head of Christ is God - Christ, as he is Mediator, acts in all things subordinately to his Father. But we can no more infer that they are not of the same divine nature, because God is said to be the head of Christ, than that man and woman are not of the same human nature, because the man is said to be the head of the woman.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 11:3


1Co 11:3 But I would have you know, etc. The order of rank is that Christ is the center, with the Father above and man below him; and in the family the man is first and the woman second. That is nature's order.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 11

  • Ann Hering
    1,2 Corinthians is written to the church of God at Corinth, a Jewish Little Flock church. These people are prophesying because the completed Word of God did not exist yet. 1Cor 11:1-16 instructs these Jewish men who prophesy to shave their head, like Paul did, and the women, who prophesied, to have their hair as a covering. These ordinances were in the transition from law to grace. Not for today!
  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 11:17 now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not that you come together not for the better but for the worse --11:18-- for first of all when you come together in the church I hear that there be divisions among you and I partly believe it --11:19-- for there must also be heresies among you that they which are approved may be made manifest among you
  • 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.

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