1 Corinthians 11:13
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New International Version
Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered?

New Living Translation
Judge for yourselves. Is it right for a woman to pray to God in public without covering her head?

English Standard Version
Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a wife to pray to God with her head uncovered?

New American Standard Bible
Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered?

King James Bible
Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered?

International Standard Version
Decide for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered?

NET Bible
Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Judge among yourselves; is it right for a woman to pray to God while revealing her head?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Judge your own situation. Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Judge in yourselves: is it honest that a woman pray unto God uncovered?

King James 2000 Bible
Judge for yourselves: is it proper that a woman pray unto God uncovered?

American King James Version
Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray to God uncovered?

American Standard Version
Judge ye in yourselves: is it seemly that a woman pray unto God unveiled?

Douay-Rheims Bible
You yourselves judge: doth it become a woman, to pray unto God uncovered?

Darby Bible Translation
Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman should pray to God uncovered?

English Revised Version
Judge ye in yourselves: is it seemly that a woman pray unto God unveiled?

Webster's Bible Translation
Judge in yourselves: Is it comely that a woman should pray to God uncovered?

Weymouth New Testament
Judge of this for your own selves: is it seemly for a woman to pray to God when she is unveiled?

World English Bible
Judge for yourselves. Is it appropriate that a woman pray to God unveiled?

Young's Literal Translation
In your own selves judge ye; is it seemly for a woman uncovered to pray to God?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

11:2-16 Here begin particulars respecting the public assemblies, ch. 1Co 14. In the abundance of spiritual gifts bestowed on the Corinthians, some abuses had crept in; but as Christ did the will, and sought the honour of God, so the Christian should avow his subjection to Christ, doing his will and seeking his glory. We should, even in our dress and habit, avoid every thing that may dishonour Christ. The woman was made subject to man, because made for his help and comfort. And she should do nothing, in Christian assemblies, which looked like a claim of being equal. She ought to have power, that is, a veil, on her head, because of the angels. Their presence should keep Christians from all that is wrong while in the worship of God. Nevertheless, the man and the woman were made for one another. They were to be mutual comforts and blessings, not one a slave, and the other a tyrant. God has so settled matters, both in the kingdom of providence and that of grace, that the authority and subjection of each party should be for mutual help and benefit. It was the common usage of the churches, for women to appear in public assemblies, and join in public worship, veiled; and it was right that they should do so. The Christian religion sanctions national customs wherever these are not against the great principles of truth and holiness; affected singularities receive no countenance from any thing in the Bible.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - Is it comely, etc.? An appeal to the decision of their instinctive sense of propriety.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Judge in yourselves,.... The apostle having gone through a variety of reasoning and arguments, showing the superiority of the man to the woman, by which he would prove, that the one should be covered, and the other uncovered, returns to his subject again, and appeals to the common sense and understanding of the Corinthians, and makes them themselves judges of the matter; suggesting that the thing was so clear, and he so certain of what he had advanced being right, that he leaves it with them, not doubting but that they would, upon a little reflection within themselves, join with him in this point:

is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered? in you judgment you can never think so, however pleasing and gratifying such a sight may be, to the lust of the flesh, and to the lust of the eye; he does not mention prophesying, only instances in praying; but it is to be understood of one, as of another; and his meaning is, that it is an uncomely thing in a woman to appear in public service with her head uncovered, whether it be in joining in the public prayers, or in singing of psalms, or in hearing the word expounded; and though the apostle does not put the case of the man's praying to God, or prophesying in his name with his head covered, yet his sense is the same of that, as of the woman's.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. Appeal to their own sense of decorum.

a woman … unto God—By rejecting the emblem of subjection (the head-covering), she passes at one leap in praying publicly beyond both the man and angels [Bengel].

1 Corinthians 11:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
Roles in Worship
12For as the woman originates from the man, so also the man has his birth through the woman; and all things originate from God. 13Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him,…
Cross References
Luke 12:57
"Why don't you judge for yourselves what is right?

1 Corinthians 11:14
Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him,

1 Corinthians 14:34
Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says.
Treasury of Scripture

Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray to God uncovered?

1 Corinthians 10:15 I speak as to wise men; judge you what I say.

Luke 12:57 Yes, and why even of yourselves judge you not what is right?

John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

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