1 Corinthians 11:3
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.

Berean Study Bible
But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.

Berean Literal 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 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.

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.

Contemporary English Version
Now I want you to know that Christ is the head of all men, and a man is the head of a woman. But God is the head of Christ.

Good News Translation
But I want you to understand that Christ is supreme over every man, the husband is supreme over his wife, and God is supreme over Christ.

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.

New Heart 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.

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.

New American Standard 1977
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.

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.
Study Bible
Roles in Worship
2Now I commend you for remembering me in everything and for maintaining the traditions, just as I passed them on to you. 3But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. 4Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head.…
Cross References
Genesis 3:16
To the woman He said: "I will sharply increase your pain in childbirth; in pain you will bring forth children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you."

1 Corinthians 3:23
and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.

Ephesians 1:22
And God put everything under His feet and made Him head over everything for the church,

Ephesians 4:15
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Christ Himself, who is the head.

Ephesians 5:23
For the husband is head of the wife, just 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 firstborn from among the dead, so that in all things He may have preeminence.

Colossians 2:19
and he loses connection to the head, from whom the whole body, supported and knit together by its joints and ligaments, 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 hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, …

Ephesians 4:15
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

Ephesians 5:23
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

and the head of the.

Genesis 3:16
Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

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

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

and the head of Christ.

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

1 Corinthians 15:27,28
For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith, all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him…

Isaiah 49:3-6
And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified…







Lexicon
But
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

I want
Θέλω (Thelō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2309: To will, wish, desire, be willing, intend, design.

you
ὑμᾶς (hymas)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

to understand
εἰδέναι (eidenai)
Verb - Perfect Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 1492: To know, remember, appreciate.

that
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

the
(hē)
Article - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

head
κεφαλὴ (kephalē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2776: From the primary kapto; the head, literally or figuratively.

of every
παντὸς (pantos)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

man
ἀνδρὸς (andros)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 435: A male human being; a man, husband. A primary word; a man.

is
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

Christ,
Χριστός (Christos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5547: Anointed One; the Messiah, the Christ. From chrio; Anointed One, i.e. The Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.

and
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

[the] head
κεφαλὴ (kephalē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2776: From the primary kapto; the head, literally or figuratively.

of [the] woman
γυναικὸς (gynaikos)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1135: A woman, wife, my lady. Probably from the base of ginomai; a woman; specially, a wife.

[is] man,
ἀνήρ (anēr)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 435: A male human being; a man, husband. A primary word; a man.

and
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

[the] head
κεφαλὴ (kephalē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2776: From the primary kapto; the head, literally or figuratively.

of Christ
Χριστοῦ (Christou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5547: Anointed One; the Messiah, the Christ. From chrio; Anointed One, i.e. The Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.

[is] God.
Θεός (Theos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.
(3) But I would have you know.--After the general commendation in the previous verse, the reproof for neglecting, or desiring to neglect, his precepts in one particular case, is thus introduced. The subject treated of, viz., the uncovering of their heads by women in assemblies for worship, was of ephemeral moment, and as we all now would regard it, of trivial importance. Every circumstance, however, which could in the least degree cause the principles of Christianity to be perverted or misunderstood by the heathen world was of vital importance in those early days of the Church, and hence we find the Apostle, who most fearlessly taught the principles of Christian liberty, condemning most earnestly every application of those principles which might be detrimental to the best interests of the Christian faith. To feel bound to assert your liberty in every detail of social and political life is to cease to be free--the very liberty becomes a bondage.

The head of every man is Christ.--The Apostle does not merely treat of the outward practice on which his advice has been sought, but proceeds to lay down the principles which are opposed to the principle of that absolute and essential equality, which, found its expression and assertion in the practice of women uncovering their heads in public assemblies.

The allusion here is not to Christ as the Head of the whole human race and of all things (as in Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:16; Colossians 2:10), but as the Head of "the Body," the Christian Church: and this thought introduces the general argument regarding the practical subordination of woman, by reminding the Corinthians that though there is in the Church a perfect spiritual equality (as taught in Galatians 3:28), yet that it is an equality which is of order and not of disorder--that it is an equality which can only be preserved by remembering that each is not an isolated irresponsible atom, but a part of an organic whole. There is a Head to the Church, therefore it is not a machine composed of various parts, but a body consisting of various members. As there is a subordination of the whole body to Christ, so there is in that body a subordination of woman to man. The last clause, "the Head of Christ is God," gives (as is St. Paul's custom, see 1Corinthians 3:23; 1Corinthians 8:6; 1Corinthians 15:25) completeness to the thought. As the Head of the Church--i.e., as the man Christ Jesus--Christ is subordinate to the Father, and, indeed, perhaps the idea is carried farther into the mystery of the divine nature itself, as consisting of three Persons co-eternal and co-equal, yet being designated with an unvarying sequence as "first," and "second," and "third."

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." 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.
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