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

  • Wayne
    John 10:36, Christ states He is the Son of God. Couldn't be planer.
  • Wayne
    Irene, just think you need to do some Bible study with a more open and questioning mind and heart. Seems you are troubled by "Father, Son, Holy Ghost", etc. Must be a problem for you. GB
  • Irene123
    To Martha on 1 Jn. 5-7 I appreciated your support of the Word of God. Just pray for those on here, as you would others only God can reach them. They love to debate that's why they are on here.
  • Irene123
    Gen. 1 - To Bruce; Apology/clarification - I didn't read your message about 'Elohiym' right; I must have confused you - and I am sorry for that.
  • Bruce
    Irene: I assumed with your Bible study and you wouldn't need an explanation. Elohiym is a Name of God pronounced El-o-heem. It is plural meaning more than One. Like:we,us,our,them---In the beginning Elohiym created the Heaven and the Earth. Elohiym said,let Us make man in Our Image,after Our likeness. / There are Three in Heaven--- . There are different spellings for Elohiym for different meaning.
  • Irene123
    The word Elohim isn't - Eloheem ............

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