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

  • Michael
    Men with long hair is something some Christians don't like at all. So I thought I'd have to cover this issue to get rid of all misconceptions concerning this by some so controversial issue. Some even say that it's unbiblical to have long hair and refer to the verse that saids: Does not even nature itself teach you, that if a man has long hair, it's a shame unto him?
  • Ray321
    Romans 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. I will always feed my enemies with God's WORD. Jesus never gave up on sinners.
  • BSP
    Verse 3: Every being created has a head that they are to be subject to. This shows how Jehovah God is a God of order.
  • Ray321
    Its amazing that people don't understand the writings of Apostle Paul, even Apostle Peter had a hard time understanding Paul. Peter had to eat his pride and admit that Paul was chosen from Jesus and that we have to believe and follow his epistles or destruction may come to us. Paul in the book of Corinthians is our Apostle for this period of time today. For by Grace are we saved, not by works.
  • Steve morrow
    2 PETER 3:16 AS ALSO IN ALL HIS EPISTLES SPEAKING IN THEM OF THESE THINGS IN WHICH ARE SOME THINGS --- HARD --- TO BE UNDERSTOOD WHICH THEY THAT ARE UNLEARNED AND UNSTABLE WREST AS THEY DO ALSO THE OTHER SCRIPTURES UNTO THEIR OWN DESTRUCTION
  • Ray321
    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. It's the same with Apostle Paul. Jesus taught Paul mysteries and revelations. Therefore Jesus wants us to follow Paul because Paul is following Jesus. Simple

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