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.

New American Standard Bible
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New American Standard 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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But every woman that prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonours her head, for that is even the same as if she were shaven.

King James 2000 Bible
But every woman that prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head: for that is one and the same as if she were shaven.

American King James Version
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.

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.

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.

Darby Bible Translation
But every woman praying or prophesying with her head uncovered puts her own head to shame; for it is one and the same as a shaved [woman].

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.

Webster's Bible Translation
But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered, dishonoreth her head: for that is even all one 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,
Study Bible
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, 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;







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

every
πᾶσα (pasa)
Adjective - Nominative Feminine 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.

woman
γυνὴ (gynē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 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 Greek 4336: To pray, pray for, offer prayer. From pros and euchomai; to pray to God, i.e. Supplicate, worship.

or
(ē)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 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 Greek 4395: From prophetes; to foretell events, divine, speak under inspiration, exercise the prophetic office.

with [her]
τῇ (tē)
Article - Dative 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
κεφαλῇ (kephalē)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2776: From the primary kapto; the head, literally or figuratively.

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

dishonors
καταισχύνει (kataischynei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 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 Greek 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 Greek 2776: From the primary kapto; the head, literally or figuratively.

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

it 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.

just [as if]
αὐτὸ (auto)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative Neuter 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 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 Greek 3587: To shave, shear, cut off the hair. From a derivative of the same as xulon; to shave or 'shear' the hair.
(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?

Dishonoureth her head.--Both among Jews and Greeks the long tresses of a woman were her glory. Only in times of mourning (Deuteronomy 21:12), or when convicted of shameful sin, was a woman to have her hair cut short.

Here, again, the word "head" must be taken in its double significance. A woman with uncovered head dishonours that head itself by making it thus in the sight of others the type of a shame which is really not hers, and as her head typically is her husband, so she dishonours him also.

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." 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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