1 Corinthians

1611 King James Version (KJV)

1 Corinthians 11:5

“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.”

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Other Translations

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

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
    The Lord Said, As Often as You Eat this Bread--- (Verse 26)As Often, is More then Once a Year. Some Every Month, or Every Week or 6 Times a Year. They are Showing The Lord's Death Till He Returns. You are to Search Your Heart to See if You have Sinned(Verse 27-29)They Go to Church to Worship and Sing Praises to God. And More Fellowship After Services. Christ and The Disciples Eat Together Often
  • Albett
    No, you're not correct. This is speaking on two things. People shouldn't go to church to have a feast, as many of these churches do. They bring food, just to hang out together to eat, in CHURCH. God does not like that. Also, churches who think they do good in God's eyes, when they have bread and wine, every Sunday. That's dead wrong. The bread and wine is only to be taken at Passover, annually.
  • Bruce
    Yes, It's Very Right. Some that have Money Made it a Picnic. The Others had No Money or Food. If I'm One of The Poor I Would be in Sin for Sure. I would Want Some of that Food. I would be Mad because They have and I Don't. If I had a Chance I would Steal something and then I would Lie. Church Dinners are OK. Everyone Can Eat
  • Lorrie
    Am I correct in that these paticular scriptures is in regards to The Lords Supper and not fellowshipping dinners at the church?
  • Steve morrow
    1 COR 11:3but 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 COR 8:5for though there be that are called gods whether in heaven or in earth as there be gods many and lords many8:6BUT TO US THERE IS BUT ONE GOD THE FATHER OF WHOM ARE ALL THINGS AND WE IN HIM AND ONE LORD JESUS CHRIST BY WHOM ARE ALL THINGS AND WE BY HIM
  • Bruce
    Ray: Any Comment, Question, Thought is Helpful to All of Us. We are Iron Sharpening Iron. My Grandmother would not Eat at Church so I didn't. When they came together One would Bring Food,sit there and Eat Verse 21,Verse 22 One would feel Ashamed because they're to Poor. Today We have Church dinners,it's for Rich or Poor All can Eat. There should Never be a Charge or Combined with The Lord's Supper

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