1 Corinthians 11:4

“Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Euery man praying or prophecying, hauing his head couered, dishonoureth his head.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Every man who has {something} on his head while praying or prophesying disgraces his head.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoreth his head.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Every man who takes part in prayer, or gives teaching as a prophet, with his head covered, puts shame on his head.
- Basic English Bible

Every man praying or prophesying, having [anything] on his head, puts his head to shame.
- Darby Bible

Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoreth his head.
- Webster's Bible

A man who wears a veil when praying or prophesying dishonors his Head;
- Weymouth Bible

Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head.
- World English Bible

Ech man preiynge, or profeciynge, whanne his heed is hilid, defoulith his heed.
- Wycliffe Bible

Every man praying or prophesying, having the head covered, doth dishonour his head,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 11:4


11:4 Every man praying or prophesying - Speaking by the immediate power of God. With his head - And face. Covered - Either with a veil or with long hair. Dishonoureth his head - St. Paul seems to mean, As in these eastern nations veiling the head is a badge of subjection, so a man who prays or prophesies with a veil on his head, reflects a dishonour on Christ, whose representative he is.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 11:4


1Co 11:4 Every man praying or prophesying. The last word means speaking by inspiration. Having [his] head covered, dishonoureth his head. He dishonors his head by covering what God would have exposed. Some hold that the head dishonored is Christ. I agree rather with Meyer and Schaff, that it is his own. Heathen priests of Rome covered their heads. So do modern Jews.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 11:4

  • Yediydyah for verse 4
    Paul was a Jew and as all Jews do when they pray they use the Tallit or prayer shawl during services at the temple and i assume this is the way Paul prayed in the Synagogue I did the same for 20 years following Judiasm This must have been a revelation to Paul now having Moshiach Messiah been revealed as head of the Church Jesus Christ the Messiah is our Covering What about the going into the closet that is using the prayer shawl in prayer If there is a Messianic Rabbi out there that can explain this deviation from the faith of the Hebrews
  • Alexander Christian for verse 4
    Come on, really? The truth is exactly the opposite. Head of people approaching the Holiness OUGHT to be covered continually: Leviticus 10:6, 21:10 and Ezekiel 24:17. People are seriously warned to pay their best possible attention and to take the best possible care with interpreting the Law and God's will. According to that warning, this so-called apostle Paul is a creature from the deepest Hell: he turned upside down everything he ever could. Matthew 5:19.

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