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

New Living Translation
And isn't long hair a woman's pride and joy? For it has been given to her as a covering.

English Standard Version
but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering.

New American Standard Bible
but if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her? For her hair is given to her for a covering.

King James Bible
But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her as a covering.

International Standard Version
nor that hair is a woman's glory, since hair is given as a substitute for coverings.

NET Bible
but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And whenever a woman grows her hair, it is a glory to her, because her hair is given to her in place of a covering.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Doesn't it teach you that it is a woman's pride to wear her hair long? Her hair is given to her in place of a covering.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But if a woman lets her hair grow, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given her for a covering.

King James 2000 Bible
But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.

American King James Version
But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.

American Standard Version
But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if a woman nourish her hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering.

Darby Bible Translation
But woman, if she have long hair, [it is] glory to her; for the long hair is given [to her] in lieu of a veil.

English Revised Version
But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.

Webster's Bible Translation
But if a woman hath long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.

Weymouth New Testament
but that if a woman has long hair it is her glory, because her hair was given her for a covering?

World English Bible
But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her, for her hair is given to her for a covering.

Young's Literal Translation
and a woman, if she have long hair, a glory it is to her, because the hair instead of a covering hath been given to her;
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 15. - It is a glory to her. Because it is at once beautiful and natural; and as Bengel says, "Will should follow the guidance of nature."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But if a woman have long hair,.... And wears it, without cutting it, as men do:

it is a glory to her; it is comely and beautiful; it is agreeable to her sex, she looks like herself; it becomes and adorns her:

for her hair is given her for a covering; not instead of a covering for her head, or any other part of her body, so that she needs no other: we read indeed of the daughter of Nicodemus ben Gorion, that she was obliged to make use of her hair for a covering in such a sense (l);

"it happened to R. Jochanan ben Zaccai that he rode upon an ass, and went out of Jerusalem, and his disciples went after him; he saw a young woman gathering barley corns out of the dung of the Arabian cattle; when she saw him, , "she covered herself with her hair", and stood before him:''

but this covering was made use of, not of choice, but by force, through her poverty, she having no other; this was not the custom of the nation, nor was the hair given to women for a covering in this sense, nor used by them as such, unless by Eve before the fall; but is rather an indication that they want another covering for their head, it not being so decent that their long hair should be seen. The Jewish women used to esteem it an immodest thing for their hair to be seen, and therefore they took care, as much as possible, to hide it under another covering;

"one woman, whose name was Kimchith, had seven sons, and they all ministered in the high priesthood; the wise men said unto her, what hast thou done, that thou art so worthy? she replied to them, all my days the beams of my house never saw , "the plaits of my hair" (m);''

that is, they were never seen by any person, even within her house.

(l) T. Bab. Cetubot, fol. 66. 2.((m) T. Bab. Yoma, fol. 47. 1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. her hair … for a covering—Not that she does not need additional covering. Nay, her long hair shows she ought to cover her head as much as possible. The will ought to accord with nature [Bengel].

1 Corinthians 11:15 Additional Commentaries
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Roles in Worship
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. 16But if one is inclined to be contentious, we have no other practice, nor have the churches of God.
Cross References
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 11:16
If anyone wants to be contentious about this, we have no other practice--nor do the churches of God.
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But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.

covering. or, veil.

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