1Follow my example, just as I follow the example of Christ.
2I praise you for being faithful in remembering me. I also praise you for staying true to all my teachings, just as I gave them to you.3Now I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ. The head of the woman is the man. And the head of Christ is God.4Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered brings shame on his head.5And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered brings shame on her head. It is just as if her head were shaved.6What if a woman does not cover her head? She should have her hair cut off. But it is shameful for her to cut her hair or shave it off. So she should cover her head.7A man should not cover his head. He is the likeness and glory of God. But the woman is the glory of the man.8The man did not come from the woman. The woman came from the man.9Also, the man was not created for the woman. The woman was created for the man.10That's why a woman should have her head covered. It shows that she is under authority. She should also cover her head because of the angels.11But here is how things are for those who belong to the Lord. The woman is not independent of the man. And the man is not independent of the woman.12The woman came from the man, and the man is born from the woman. But everything comes from God.13You be the judge. Is it proper for a woman to pray to God without covering her head?14Suppose a man has long hair. Doesn't the very nature of things teach you that it is shameful?15And suppose a woman has long hair. Doesn't the very nature of things teach you that it is her glory? Long hair is given to her as a covering.16If anyone wants to argue about that, we don't have any other practice. And God's churches don't either.
The Lord's Supper
17In the following matters, I don't praise you. Your meetings do more harm than good.18First, here is what people are telling me. When you come together as a church, you take sides. And in some ways I believe it.19No doubt you need to take sides in order to show which of you God agrees with!20When you come together, it is not the Lord's Supper you eat.21As you eat, each of you goes ahead without waiting for anyone else. One remains hungry and another gets drunk.22Don't you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you think so little of God's church that you shame those in it who have nothing? What should I say to you? Should I praise you for that? Certainly not!23I passed on to you what I received from the Lord. On the night the Lord Jesus was handed over to his enemies, he took bread.24When he had given thanks, he broke it. He said, “This is my body. It is given for you. Every time you eat it, do it in memory of me.”25In the same way, after supper he took the cup. He said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Every time you drink it, do it in memory of me.”26When you eat the bread and drink the cup, you are announcing the Lord's death until he comes again.27So do not eat the bread or drink the cup of the Lord in a way that isn't worthy of him. If you do, you will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.28A person should take a careful look at himself before he eats the bread and drinks from the cup.29Anyone who eats and drinks must recognize the body of the Lord. If he doesn't, God will judge him for it.30That is why many of you are weak and sick. That is why a number of you have died.31We should judge ourselves. Then we would not be found guilty.32When the Lord judges us, he corrects us. Then we will not be judged along with the rest of the world.33My brothers and sisters, when you come together to eat, wait for each other.34Those who are hungry should eat at home. Then when you come together, you will not be judged. When I come, I will give you more directions.
1 Corinthians 11
English Standard Version
1Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. (1Co 4:16)
2Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you. (1Co 4:17; 1Th 3:6; 1Th 4:1; 2Th 2:15; 2Th 3:6)3But 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. (Ge 3:16; 1Co 3:23; Eph 1:22; Eph 4:15; Eph 5:23; Col 1:18)4Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head,5but every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven. (Nu 5:18; De 21:12; Lu 2:36; Ac 21:9; 1Co 14:34)6For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head.7For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man. (Ge 1:26; Pr 12:4)8For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. (Ge 2:21; 1Ti 2:13)9Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. (Ge 2:18)10That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.11Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; (Ga 3:28)12for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God. (Ro 11:36)13Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a wife to pray to God with her head uncovered?14Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him,15but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering.16If anyone is inclined to be contentious, we have no such practice, nor do the churches of God. (1Co 7:17; 1Co 10:32; 1Th 2:14; 2Th 1:4; 1Ti 6:3)
The Lord’s Supper
17But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse.18For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, (1Co 1:10; 1Co 3:3)19for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. (De 13:3; Mt 18:7; Lu 17:1; Ac 20:30; 1Ti 4:1; 2Pe 2:1; 1Jo 2:19)20When you come together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you eat.21For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, another gets drunk. (2Pe 2:13; Jud 1:12)22What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not. (Pr 17:5; Ac 20:28; Jas 2:6)23For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, (Mt 26:26; Mr 14:22; Lu 22:19; 1Co 15:3; Ga 1:12)24and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”25In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”26For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (Joh 21:22)27Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. (Nu 9:10; Nu 9:13; Joh 6:51; Joh 6:53; Joh 13:27)28Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. (2Co 13:5; Ga 6:4)29For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.30That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. (Mt 27:52)31But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. (1Jo 1:9)32But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world. (Pr 3:11; Ro 5:16)33So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another—34if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home—so that when you come together it will not be for judgment. About the other things I will give directions when I come. (1Co 4:19; 1Co 7:17; 1Co 11:21; 1Co 11:22; Tit 1:5)