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 11:3

  • In Hebrew had means prime, i.e Prime Minister is above minister. Rosh Memchala - means HEad of the Government - Prime Minister. It also means beginning. Like Rosh Hashana is the beginning of Year.
  • Trinitarian Alert:Well,Paul wrote this years after Jesus 's death so lets compare scripture rather than leaning on our own reasoning. This passage says that God is the head of his son, Christ. Ok, lets go right to the source himself,Jesus,and see what he has to say. At John 14:28 Jesus conferms that his Father is greater than he is.If Jesus were God, how do trinitarians explain this?
  • Ben Weaver for verse 3
    The word "head / Gr. kephale" is rather difficult to interpret. One description in The Gr. Lexicon is "top" as the first in a series. The same Gr. word, "kephale" is also translated to "sum" of money as the source for obtaining something,i.e. "With a great sum, have I obtained this freedom". Today, we might say "The head of a river" referring to its source or beginning. In creation, Adam was the source of Eve's creation, hense, "The head of the woman is the man". This interpretation is supported by vs. 8-9. Notice! not every woman, just Eve. Why, "The head of EVERY man is Christ? This word for "man" is elswhere used as both male and female. Christ is the only source of connection to the Father for every person, male and female, hense "the head of every man. The next six vs. refer to Adam's race, then, from v. 10 on to those "In the Lord" who is now the head / source to the Creator. The first human race failed. Willing to be corrected.

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