1 Corinthians

1611 King James Version (KJV)

1 Corinthians 11:16

“But if any man seeme to be contentious, we haue no such custome, neither the Churches of God.”

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Other Translations

But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.
- King James Version

But if one is inclined to be contentious, we have no other practice, nor have the churches of God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But if any man seemeth to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But if any man will not be ruled in this question, this is not our way of doing things, and it is not done in the churches of God.
- Basic English Bible

But if any one think to be contentious, *we* have no such custom, nor the assemblies of God.
- Darby Bible

But if any man seemeth to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.
- Webster's Bible

But if any one is inclined to be contentious on the point, we have no such custom, nor have the Churches of God.
- Weymouth Bible

But if any man seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither do God's assemblies.
- World English Bible

But if ony man is seyn to be ful of strijf, we han noon siche custom, nethir the chirche of God.
- Wycliffe Bible

and if any one doth think to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the assemblies of God.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 11:16


11:16 We have no such custom here, nor any of the other churches of God - The several churches that were in the apostles' time had different customs in things that were not essential; and that under one and the same apostle, as circumstances, in different places, made it convenient. And in all things merely indifferent the custom of each place was of sufficient weight to determine prudent and peaceable men. Yet even this cannot overrule a scrupulous conscience, which really doubts whether the thing be indifferent or no. But those who are referred to here by the apostle were contentious, not conscientious, persons.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 11:16


1Co 11:16 But if any man seemeth to be contentious. If, in spite of nature's lessons, a man contentiously opposes, let him know that We have no such custom, neither the churches of God. No such customs exists in the churches. Many suppose that "custom" refers to being contentious. I think, rather, that it refers to covering the head, etc. The lesson of this whole passage is that we must not defy existing social usages in such a way as to bring reproach on the church.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 11

  • Richard Harvie
    We must remember that St.paul was NOT divine and that his commandment to shave off a womans hair who prays without her head being covered is plainly ridiculous. Indeed it behoves Christians to return to Christ's commandments of non-judgemental unconditional love if Christianity has any chance of surviving into the future--and foresake their sin-seeing habits!
  • Teri
    Let everything be done decently and in order. i think that we are getting back to bare bones times ahead, gathering in homes or small groups is the way the church began. We can believe for miracles and see the Holy Spirit move wherever three or more agree...let's stay strong.
  • Ivy Johnson
    Our Lord s Supper: should be: Revered: Respect: Reverence: Home: House of God: Even a Shack: Building does not Matter: GOD s HOLY: AWESOME:PRESENCE IS THERE! Old Days: Brush Arbour Meetings: was held in Dirt Floor Shacks: God always Showed-up: Miracles: Healings: Holy Spirit Baptism: Demons Cast Out: etc: God the Holy Spirit has Left these MEGA BUILDINGS: The Falling Away is now RAMPANT APOSTASY!
  • Kaneleus
    i think that it is talking about how a woman should cover their head because if you are a woman if you do not cover their head their should be shame are be shave or shorn
  • Bonita
    The Bible says as often as you do this it’s not just for pass over
  • Cate mansfield
    Yes I would have the same understanding as Ray Smith in that eat drink and be merry at home if you so wish. Not in the house of our Lord. In his house its done as a rememberance to God and Jesus Christ in whom we respect.

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