"The Doctrine of Head Covering Finally Exposed"

1 Corinthians 11 has caused much confusion in congregations throughout the world. Some teach that women should wear some type of hat, scarf, or veil over the head when praying and prophesying while the men must be uncovered.

Some teach that both men and women in the congregation should cover their heads at all times because we are a nation of priest. Then some believe that no one should wear any type of physical head covering.

There are some teachings that say a woman (even if unmarried) must be under a male's headship, or "spiritual covering" to be able to pray or prophecy .

This study will show the reason why "1 Corinthians 11" is a source of confusion for many.

Let The Scriptures Speak!

Paul (Sha'uwl) addresses contentions within the Corinth Congregation that were causing division among the brethren. If you look at it, this is the exact same issue that we are having today about the wearing of a physical head covering. Paul (Sha'uwl) took advantage of the physical head covering situation to teach a very powerful spiritual principle on authority.

1 Corinthians 11 (King James Version)

1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ (The Messiah). 2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.

Let's look at the definition of the word ordinances:

Look at the Greek Interlinear Bible

Note: The word "traditions" should have been rendered as a better translation of the word "ordinances".

The doctrine of a physical head covering as spoken in 1 Corinthians 11 CANNOT be found in the Torah or The Law except for those that served in the priestly office. All Levites were not priest.

He (Paul) starts off addressing spiritual authority, then the natural order of head covering in nature, and lastly Paul talks about anyone being contentious. Grasp this concept clearly for Paul is addressing the physical aspects of wearing head covering from a spiritual and natural perspective.

1 Corinthians 11 (King James Version)

3 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. (Pay attention to "The Head")

The strong concordance number for "The Head" is #2776. (Notice the inconsistency in the translation)

4 Every man praying or prophesying, having {his} head covered, dishonoureth his head. (The word "his" is italicized therefore it was added by the translators. Take it out!)

5 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. (The word "her" is italicized therefore it was added by the translators. Take it out!)

6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn (hair cut short): but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.

7 For a man indeed ought not to cover {his} head forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. (The word "his" is italicized therefore it was added by the translators. Take it out!)

See for yourself 1 Corinthians 11: 3, 4, 5, 7 should read:

3 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.

4 Every man praying or prophesying, having the head covered, dishonoureth his head.

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

6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.

7 For a man indeed ought not to cover the head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.

8 For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man.

9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.

10 For this cause ought the woman to have "power" on the head because of the angels.

Let's look up the word "Power"

Let's look up that same word "Power" from The Greek Interlinear Bible

1 Corinthians 11:10 better translates as:

10 For this cause ought the woman to have authority over the head because of the messengers. (This statement let us know that Paul is talking about a spiritual head covering and not a physical head covering.)

11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.

12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.

In verse 13, Paul explains the head covering issue to us by using nature as an analogy of covering. He is not talking about a physical head covering, or veil, when he speaks of a woman having her head covered, because in verse 15 he clearly states that a woman's hair is given for a covering.

13 Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?

14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?

15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.

16 But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.

Contentious of what? The spiritual order of things from verses 1-12? NO! This is not a custom, we can all agree on this.

Contentious of what? The natural order of things from verses 13-15? NO! This is not a custom, we can all agree on this too.

Contentious of what? The custom of wearing of a physical head covering! YES! We have no such custom, neither does the churches.

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