1 Corinthians 11:3
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New International Version
But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.

New Living Translation
But there is one thing I want you to know: The head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.

English Standard Version
But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.

New American Standard Bible
But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.

King James Bible
But 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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But I want you to know that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of the woman, and God is the head of Christ.

International Standard Version
Now I want you to realize that the Messiah is the head of every man, and man is the head of the woman, and God is the head of the Messiah.

NET Bible
But I want you to know that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But I want you to know that the head of every man is The Messiah, and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of The Messiah is God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
However, I want you to realize that Christ has authority over every man, a husband has authority over his wife, and God has authority over Christ.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But I would have you know that the head of every man is the Christ, and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God.

King James 2000 Bible
But 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.

American King James Version
But 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.

American Standard Version
But 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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But 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.

Darby Bible Translation
But I wish you to know that the Christ is the head of every man, but woman's head [is] the man, and the Christ's head God.

English Revised Version
But 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.

Webster's Bible Translation
But 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.

Weymouth New Testament
I would have you know, however, that of every man, Christ is the Head, that of a woman her husband is the Head, and that God is Christ's Head.

World English Bible
But 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.

Young's Literal Translation
and I wish you to know that of every man the head is the Christ, and the head of a woman is the husband, and the head of Christ is God.
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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 3. - But I would have you know; rather, but I wish you to know. That the head of every man is Christ. St. Paul, as was customary with him, applies the loftiest principles to the solution of the humblest difficulties. Given a question as to what is right or wrong in a particular instance, he always aims at laying down some great eternal fact to which the duty or decision is ultimately referable, and deduces the required rule from that fact. The headship of Christ is stated in Ephesians 1:22; Ephesians 4:15; and its application to the superiority of man is laid down also in Ephesians 5:23. The subordinate position of the woman is also stated in 1 Timothy 2:11, 12; 1 Peter 3:1, 5, 6, etc. This, however, is merely an ordinance of earthly application. In the spiritual realm "there is neither male nor female" (Galatians 3:28). The head of the woman is the man. In Christ the distinctions of the sexes are done away. It was, perhaps, an abuse of this principle which had led the Corinthian women to assert themselves and their rights more prominently than decorum warranted. The head of Christ is God. That Christ is "inferior to the Father as touching his manhood," that his mediatorial kingdom involves (so far) a subordination of his coequal Godhead, has been already stated in 1 Corinthians 3:23, and is further found in 1 Corinthians 15:27, 28. This too is the meaning of John 14:28, "My Father is greater than I."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But I would have you to know,.... Though they were mindful of him, and retained in memory many things he had declared among them, and kept the ordinances as delivered to them; yet there were some things in which they were either ignorant, or at least did not so well advert to, and needed to be put in mind of, and better informed about: and as the apostle was very communicative of his knowledge in every point, he fails not to acquaint them with whatsoever might be instructive to their faith, and a direction to their practice:

that the head of every man is Christ; Christ is the head of every individual human nature, as he is the Creator and Preserver of all men, and the donor of all the gifts of nature to them; of the light of nature, of reason, and of all the rational powers and faculties; he is the head of nature to all men, as he is of grace to his own people: and so he is as the Governor of all the nations of the earth, who whether they will or no are subject to him; and one day every knee shall bow to him, and every tongue confess that he is the Lord of all. Moreover, Christ is the head of every believing man; he is generally said to be the head of the church, and so of every man that is a member of it: he is a common public head, a representative one to all his elect; so he was in election, and in the covenant of grace; so he was in time, in his death, burial, resurrection, and ascension to, and entrance into heaven; and so he is now as an advocate and intercessor there: he is the political head of his people, or an head in such sense, as a king is the head of his nation: he is also an economical head, or in such sense an head as an husband is the head of his wife, and as a parent is the head of his family, and as a master is the head of his servants; for all these relations Christ sustains: yea, he is a natural head, or is that to his church, as an human head is to an human body: he is a true and proper head, is of the same nature with his body, is in union to it, communicates life to it, is superior to it, and more excellent than it. He is a perfect head, nothing is wanting in him; he knows all his people, and is sensible of their wants, and does supply them; his eye of love is always on them; his ears are open to their cries; he has a tongue to speak to them, and for them, which he uses; and he smells a sweet savour in them, in their graces and garments, though they are all his own, and perfumed by himself: there are no vicious humours in this head, flowing from thence to the body to its detriment, as from Adam to his posterity, whose head he was; but in Christ is no sin, nothing but grace, righteousness, and holiness, spring from him. There's no deformity nor deficiency in him; all fulness of grace dwells in him to supply the members of his body; he is an one, and only head, and an ever living and everlasting one.

And the head of the woman is the man, The man is first in order in being, was first formed, and the woman out of him, who was made for him, and not he for the woman, and therefore must be head and chief; as he is also with respect to his superior gifts and excellencies, as strength of body, and endowments of mind, whence the woman is called the weaker vessel; likewise with regard to pre-eminence or government, the man is the head; and as Christ is the head of the church, and the church is subject to him, so the husband is the head of the wife, and she is to be subject to him in everything natural, civil, and religious. Moreover, the man is the head of the woman to provide and care for her, to nourish and cherish her, and to protect and defend her against all insults and injuries.

And the head of Christ is God; that is, the Father, not as to his divine nature, for in respect to that they are one: Christ, as God, is equal to his Father, and is possessed of the same divine perfections with him; nor is his Father the head of him, in that sense; but as to his human nature, which he formed, prepared, anointed, upheld, and glorified; and in which nature Christ exercised grace on him, he hoped in him, he believed and trusted in him, and loved him, and yielded obedience to him; he always did the things that pleased him in life; he prayed to him; he was obedient to him, even unto death, and committed his soul or spirit into his hands: and all this he did as to his superior, considered in the human nature, and also in his office capacity as Mediator, who as such was his servant; and whose service he diligently and faithfully performed, and had the character from him of a righteous one; so that God is the head of Christ, as he is man and Mediator, and as such only.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. The Corinthian women, on the ground of the abolition of distinction of sexes in Christ, claimed equality with the male sex, and, overstepping the bounds of propriety, came forward to pray and prophesy without the customary head-covering of females. The Gospel, doubtless, did raise women from the degradation in which they had been sunk, especially in the East. Yet, while on a level with males as to the offer of, and standing in grace (Ga 3:28), their subjection in point of order, modesty, and seemliness, is to be maintained. Paul reproves here their unseemliness as to dress: in 1Co 14:34, as to the retiring modesty in public which becomes them. He grounds his reproof here on the subjection of woman to man in the order of creation.

the head—an appropriate expression, when he is about to treat of woman's appropriate headdress in public.

of every man … Christ—(Eph 5:23).

of … woman … man—(1Co 11:8; Ge 3:16; 1Ti 2:11, 12; 1Pe 3:1, 5, 6).

head of Christ is God—(1Co 3:23; 15:27, 28; Lu 3:22, 38; Joh 14:28; 20:17; Eph 3:9). "Jesus, therefore, must be of the same essence as God: for, since the man is the head of the woman, and since the head is of the same essence as the body, and God is the head of the Son, it follows the Son is of the same essence as the Father" [Chrysostom]. "The woman is of the essence of the man, and not made by the man; so, too, the Son is not made by the Father, but of the essence of the Father" [Theodoret, t. 3, p. 171].

1 Corinthians 11:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Roles in Worship
2Now I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you. 3But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ. 4Every man who has something on his head while praying or prophesying disgraces his head.…
Cross References
Genesis 3:16
To the woman he said, "I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you."

1 Corinthians 3:23
and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.

Ephesians 1:22
And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,

Ephesians 4:15
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

Ephesians 5:23
For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.

Colossians 1:18
And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.

Colossians 2:19
They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.
Treasury of Scripture

But 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.

the head of every.

Ephesians 1:22,23 And has put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head …

Ephesians 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, …

Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head …

Philippians 2:10,11 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, …

Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, …

Colossians 2:10,19 And you are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power…

and the head of the.

Genesis 3:16 To the woman he said, I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your …

Ephesians 5:22,24 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Lord…

Colossians 3:18 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

1 Timothy 2:11,12 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection…

1 Peter 3:1,5,6 Likewise, you wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, …

and the head of Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:23 And you are Christ's; and Christ is God's.

1 Corinthians 15:27,28 For he has put all things under his feet. But when he said all things …

Isaiah 49:3-6 And said to me, You are my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified…

Isaiah 52:13 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and …

Isaiah 55:4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and …

Isaiah 61:1-4 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on me; because the LORD has anointed …

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given to me …

John 3:34-36 For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God: for God gives not …

John 5:20-30 For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all things that himself …

John 14:28 You have heard how I said to you, I go away, and come again to you. …

John 17:2-5 As you have given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal …

Ephesians 1:20-22 Which he worked in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and …

Philippians 2:7-11 But made himself of no reputation, and took on him the form of a …

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