1 Corinthians 11:5
New International Version
But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is the same as having her head shaved.

New Living Translation
But a woman dishonors her head if she prays or prophesies without a covering on her head, for this is the same as shaving her head.

English Standard Version
but every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven.

Berean Study Bible
And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for it is just as if her head were shaved.

Berean Literal Bible
And every woman praying or prophesying with the head uncovered dishonors her head; for it is one and the same with having been shaven.

King James Bible
But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.

New King James Version
But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved.

New American Standard Bible
But every woman who has her head uncovered while praying or prophesying disgraces her head, for it is one and the same as the woman whose head is shaved.

NASB 1995
But every woman who has her head uncovered while praying or prophesying disgraces her head, for she is one and the same as the woman whose head is shaved.

NASB 1977
But every woman who has her head uncovered while praying or prophesying, disgraces her head; for she is one and the same with her whose head is shaved.

Amplified Bible
And every woman who prays or prophesies when she has her head uncovered disgraces her head; for she is one and the same as the woman whose head is shaved [in disgrace].

Christian Standard Bible
Every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since that is one and the same as having her head shaved.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since that is one and the same as having her head shaved.

American Standard Version
But every woman praying or prophesying with her head unveiled dishonoreth her head; for it is one and the same thing as if she were shaven.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And every woman praying or prophesying, while revealing her head, disgraces her head, for she is equal with her whose head is shaven.

Contemporary English Version
But any woman who prays or prophesies without something on her head brings shame to her head. In fact, she may as well shave her head.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But every woman praying or prophesying with her head not covered, disgraceth her head: for it is all one as if she were shaven.

English Revised Version
But every woman praying or prophesying with her head unveiled dishonoureth her head: for it is one and the same thing as if she were shaven.

Good News Translation
And any woman who prays or proclaims God's message in public worship with nothing on her head disgraces her husband; there is no difference between her and a woman whose head has been shaved.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Every woman who prays or speaks what God has revealed and has her head uncovered while she speaks dishonors the one who has authority over her. She is like the woman who has her head shaved.

International Standard Version
and every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, which is the same as having her head shaved.

Literal Standard Version
and every woman praying or prophesying with the head uncovered, dishonors her own head, for it is one and the same thing with her being shaven,

NET Bible
But any woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered disgraces her head, for it is one and the same thing as having a shaved head.

New Heart English Bible
But every woman praying or prophesying with her head unveiled dishonors her head. For it is one and the same thing as if she were shaved.

Weymouth New Testament
but a woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her Head, for it is exactly the same as if she had her hair cut short.

World English Bible
But every woman praying or prophesying with her head unveiled dishonors her head. For it is one and the same thing as if she were shaved.

Young's Literal Translation
and every woman praying or prophesying with the head uncovered, doth dishonour her own head, for it is one and the same thing with her being shaven,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Roles in Worship
4Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. 5And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for it is just as if her head were shaved. 6If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off. And if it is shameful for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she should cover her head.…

Cross References
Deuteronomy 21:12
then you shall bring her into your house. She must shave her head, trim her nails,

Isaiah 47:2
Take millstones and grind flour; remove your veil; strip off your skirt, bare your thigh, and wade through the streams.

Luke 2:36
There was also a prophetess named Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher, who was well along in years. She had been married for seven years,

Acts 21:9
He had four unmarried daughters who prophesied.

1 Corinthians 11:4
Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head.

1 Corinthians 11:6
If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off. And if it is shameful for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she should cover her head.

1 Corinthians 14:34
Women are to be silent in the churches. They are not permitted to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says.


Treasury of Scripture

But every woman that prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.

or.

Luke 2:36
And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;

Acts 2:17
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

Acts 21:9
And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy.

shaven.

Deuteronomy 21:12
Then thou shalt bring her home to thine house; and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails;









(5) But every woman that prayeth . . . From the hypothetical case of the man praying or preaching with covered head (which was mentioned first for the sake of introducing the antithesis), the Apostle comes now to the actual case of which he has to treat, viz., the woman uncovering her head. At first sight the permission here implied for a woman to pray and teach in public may seem at variance with the teaching in 1Corinthians 14:34, where she is commanded to observe silence, and the injunction in 1Timothy 2:12, that women should not "teach." In these passages, however, it is the public meeting of the whole Church that is spoken of, and in such the women were to be silent--but the meetings spoken of here, though public as distinguished from the private devotions of individuals, were probably only smaller gatherings such as are indicated in Romans 14:5; Colossians 4:5; Philemon 1:2. It has been suggested by some writers that the command in 1Corinthians 14:34, does forbid the practice which is here assumed to be allowable only for the sake of argument; but surely St. Paul would not have occupied himself and his readers here with the elaborate, and merely forensic discussion of the conditions under which certain functions were to be performed which he was about subsequently to condemn, as not allowable under any restriction whatever? . . . Verse 5. - Or prophesieth. Although St. Paul "thinks of one thing at a time," and is not here touching on the question whether women ought to teach in public, it appears from this expression that the rule which he lays down in 1 Corinthians 14:34, 35, and 1 Timothy 2:12 was not meant to be absolute. See the case of Philip's daughters (Acts 21:9 and Acts 2:17). With her head uncovered. For a woman to do this in a public assembly was against the national custom of all ancient communities, and might lead to the gravest misconceptions. As a rule, modest women covered their heads with the peplum or with a veil when they worshipped or were in public. Christian women at Corinth must have caught something of the "inflation" which was characteristic of their Church before they could have acted with such reprehensible boldness as to adopt a custom identified with the character of immodest women. Dishonoureth her head. Calvin, with terse good sense, observes, "As the man honours his head by proclaiming his liberty, so the woman by acknowledging her subjection."

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

every
πᾶσα (pasa)
Adjective - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

woman
γυνὴ (gynē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 1135: A woman, wife, my lady. Probably from the base of ginomai; a woman; specially, a wife.

[who] prays
προσευχομένη (proseuchomenē)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 4336: To pray, pray for, offer prayer. From pros and euchomai; to pray to God, i.e. Supplicate, worship.

or
(ē)
Conjunction
Strong's 2228: Or, than. A primary particle of distinction between two connected terms; disjunctive, or; comparative, than.

prophesies
προφητεύουσα (prophēteuousa)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 4395: From prophetes; to foretell events, divine, speak under inspiration, exercise the prophetic office.

with [her]
τῇ (tē)
Article - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

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

uncovered
ἀκατακαλύπτῳ (akatakalyptō)
Adjective - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 177: Unveiled, uncovered. Unveiled.

dishonors
καταισχύνει (kataischynei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2617: From kata and aischunomai; to shame down, i.e. Disgrace or put to the blush.

her
αὐτῆς (autēs)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Feminine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

head,
κεφαλὴν (kephalēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 2776: From the primary kapto; the head, literally or figuratively.

for
γάρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

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

just [as if]
αὐτὸ (auto)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative Neuter 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

her head were shaved.
ἐξυρημένῃ (exyrēmenē)
Verb - Perfect Participle Middle or Passive - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3587: To shave, shear, cut off the hair. From a derivative of the same as xulon; to shave or 'shear' the hair.


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