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

  • Steve morrow
    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 --- 1 TIMOTHY 4:7 BUT REFUSE PROFANE AND OLD WIVES FABLES AND EXERCISE THYSELF RATHER UNTO GODLINESS
  • Lu2677
    A woman's hair is her glory, we DO know why. 1Cor.11:15 "it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering." The hair should cover her head,which is about to the jawline for the head to be covered, bangs would not be involved. No where does it say it is a sin to cut a woman's hair. Scripture does not tell why it affects angels. V.10
  • Lu2677
    Julius, Your answer for "uncovered" is verse 15.(And if a woman does not have hair that is long enough to cover her head she should cover it with something else,when she prays because of angels in verse 10) "Cover" a man should not have hair long enough to cover his head, it dishonors his head, verse 4.
  • Irene123
    Julius - v. 4 - this was the Corinthian church, which was fairly new at this time. They had come out of EXTREME idolatry, which included long uncut hair on men - which God (not man) considered a 'covering'. The rulers (Emperors, kings,) of that day wore their hair cut short. And the Roman soldiers followed suit. Example: museum busts of aforementioned. Now remember - this is God's standard. cont.
  • Julius
    What is the meaning of these words COVER and UNCOVER as used in 1 Corinthians 11 : 4 - 5?
  • Wayne
    John 10:36, Christ states He is the Son of God. Couldn't be planer.

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