1 Corinthians 11:5

“But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But euery woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head vncouered, dishonoureth her head: for that is euen all one as if she were shauen.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But every woman who has her head uncovered while praying or prophesying disgraces her head, for she is one and the same as the woman whose head is shaved.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But every woman praying or prophesying with her head unveiled dishonoreth her head; for it is one and the same thing as if she were shaven.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But every woman who does so with her head unveiled, puts shame on her head: for it is the same as if her hair was cut off.
- Basic English Bible

But every woman praying or prophesying with her head uncovered puts her own head to shame; for it is one and the same as a shaved [woman].
- Darby Bible

But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered, dishonoreth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaved.
- Webster's Bible

but a woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her Head, for it is exactly the same as if she had her hair cut short.
- Weymouth Bible

But every woman praying or prophesying with her head unveiled dishonors her head. For it is one and the same thing as if she were shaved.
- World English Bible

But ech womman preiynge, or profeciynge, whanne hir heed is not hilid, defoulith hir heed; for it is oon, as if sche were pollid.
- Wycliffe Bible

and every woman praying or prophesying with the head uncovered, doth dishonour her own head, for it is one and the same thing with her being shaven,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 11:5


11:5 But every woman - Who, under an immediate impulse of the Spirit, (for then only was a woman suffered to speak in the church,) prays or prophesies without a veil on her face, as it were disclaims subjection, and reflects dishonour on man, her head. For it is the same, in effect, as if she cut her hair short, and wore it in the distinguishing form of the men. In those ages, men wore their hair exceeding short, as appears from the ancient statues and pictures.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 11:5


1Co 11:5 Every woman that prayeth or prophesieth, etc. With the customs and ideas which existed in the East in that age it would be an unseemly act, and would bring reproach. The veil was regarded as a badge of subordination, and if not worn would imply that the woman did not yield deference to her husband. Almost all women are still veiled in the presence of men in the East. For that is even all one as if she were shaved. For a woman's head to be shaven was usually a sign of shamelessness (See Meyer). The uncovered head in an assembly was also unbecoming.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 11

  • Bruce
    Martha: but whom say ye that I am? Thou art The Christ,The Son of The living God. Blessed art thou,Simon Barjonah:for flesh and blood hath not
    Revealed it unto thee,but My Father which is in Heaven.Matthew16:15-17
    The Son can do nothing of Himself but what he seeth The Father do/V:30
    I can of my own self do nothing:---I seek not my own will but,the will of The Father which sent me.John 5:19,30.
  • Martha
    @ Rose John 14:8-9

    8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
    9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?
  • A disciple
    "Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another." In the same spirit as, "love suffers long and is kind;" we should be careful not to find fault with each other, but rather to support each other in the Lord; with the same good mind toward them as the Lord has. Inasmuch as we have a fear and dread of the Supreme Greatness of God we should reverence His image in all men.
  • Rose
    Martha, But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in Heaven. This was Jesus speaking to his disciples before he sent them out to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. They believed in God , but refused to believe Jesus came as the Son of God, to do the work of God, his Father in Heaven. Jhon 14:20 I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you .
  • Martha
    @Bruce...Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
  • Bruce
    Martha:Yes,Trinity=Three in Heaven:The Father,The Word and The Holy Ghost: and these three are one. / and The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us---John1:14 /In whom we have redemption through his blood,even the forgiveness of sins:Colossians1:14/--- washed us from our sins in his ownblood: Revelation1:5 / Baptized with The Holy Ghost Matthew3:11 / changed 1Corinthians5:17 / ; 66 Books=1Bible

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