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

  • Steve morrow
    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 --- 1 TIMOTHY 4:7 BUT REFUSE PROFANE AND OLD WIVES FABLES AND EXERCISE THYSELF RATHER UNTO GODLINESS
  • Lu2677
    A woman's hair is her glory, we DO know why. 1Cor.11:15 "it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering." The hair should cover her head,which is about to the jawline for the head to be covered, bangs would not be involved. No where does it say it is a sin to cut a woman's hair. Scripture does not tell why it affects angels. V.10
  • Lu2677
    Julius, Your answer for "uncovered" is verse 15.(And if a woman does not have hair that is long enough to cover her head she should cover it with something else,when she prays because of angels in verse 10) "Cover" a man should not have hair long enough to cover his head, it dishonors his head, verse 4.
  • Irene123
    Julius - v. 4 - this was the Corinthian church, which was fairly new at this time. They had come out of EXTREME idolatry, which included long uncut hair on men - which God (not man) considered a 'covering'. The rulers (Emperors, kings,) of that day wore their hair cut short. And the Roman soldiers followed suit. Example: museum busts of aforementioned. Now remember - this is God's standard. cont.
  • Julius
    What is the meaning of these words COVER and UNCOVER as used in 1 Corinthians 11 : 4 - 5?
  • Wayne
    John 10:36, Christ states He is the Son of God. Couldn't be planer.

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