1 Corinthians

1611 King James Version (KJV)

1 Corinthians 11:4

“Euery man praying or prophecying, hauing his head couered, dishonoureth his head.”

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Other Translations

Every man praying or prophesying, having [his] head covered, dishonoureth his head.
- King James Version

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

  • 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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