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

New Living Translation
Isn't it obvious that it's disgraceful for a man to have long hair?

English Standard Version
Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him,

New American Standard Bible
Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him,

King James Bible
Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair it is a disgrace to him,

International Standard Version
Nature itself teaches you neither that it is disgraceful for a man to have long hair

NET Bible
Does not nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace for him,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Does not even nature teach you that when a man has grown his hair, it is a disgrace to him?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Doesn't nature itself teach you that it is disgraceful for a man to have long hair?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man lets his hair grow, it is dishonest?

King James 2000 Bible
Does not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man has long hair, it is a shame unto him?

American King James Version
Does not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame to him?

American Standard Version
Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a dishonor to him?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Doth not even nature itself teach you, that a man indeed, if he nourish his hair, it is a shame unto him?

Darby Bible Translation
Does not even nature itself teach you, that man, if he have long hair, it is a dishonour to him?

English Revised Version
Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a dishonour to him?

Webster's Bible Translation
Doth not even nature itself teach you, that if a man hath long hair, it is a shame to him?

Weymouth New Testament
Does not Nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair it is a dishonor to him,

World English Bible
Doesn't even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him?

Young's Literal Translation
doth not even nature itself teach you, that if a man indeed have long hair, a dishonour it is to him?
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 14. - Doth not even nature itself teach you? "Nature" here has much the lame sense as "instinct."

"His fair large front and eye sublime declared
Absolute rule; and hyacinthine locks
Round from his parted forelock manly hung
Clustering, but not beneath his shoulders broad:
She, as a veil, down to the slender waist
Her unadorned golden tresses wore."


(Milton, 'Paradise Lost,' 4:304.)

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Doth not even nature itself teach you,.... By nature is either meant, the law and light of nature, reason in man, common sense, or rather custom, which is second nature; and which, in this case, must be restrained to the Greeks and Jews; for though among the Grecians the men cut their hair, and did not suffer it to grow long, as also did the Jews, yet there were many nations (k) who did not, even at that time, observe such a rule or custom; but as the Jews and Greeks were the persons chiefly, if not solely, known to the Corinthians, the apostle signifies, that the usages of these people might direct and inform them in this matter:

that if a man have long hair it is a shame unto him; he looks unmanly and womanish, and exposes himself to ridicule and contempt.

(k) Alex. ab. Alex. Genial. Dier. l. 5. c. 18. Servius in Virgil. Aeneid. l. 10. prope finem.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. The fact that nature has provided woman, and not man, with long hair, proves that man was designed to be uncovered, and woman covered. The Nazarite, however, wore long hair lawfully, as being part of a vow sanctioned by God (Nu 6:5). Compare as to Absalom, 2Sa 14:26, and Ac 18:18.

1 Corinthians 11:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
Roles in Worship
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, 15but if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her? For her hair is given to her for a covering.…
Cross References
John 8:49
"I am not possessed by a demon," said Jesus, "but I honor my Father and you dishonor me.

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

1 Corinthians 11:15
but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering.
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