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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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