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1 Corinthians 11 New Matthew Bible (NMB)

11 Follow me, as I do Christ.

He rebukes them for abuse and for disorder concerning the sacrament of the body and blood of Christ, and brings them again to the first institution.

I commend you, brethren, that you remember me in all things, and keep the observances even as I delivered them to you.

I would that you understood that Christ is the head of every man. And the man is the woman’s head. And God is Christ’s head.  Every man praying or prophesying, having anything on his head, dishonours his head. Every woman who prays or prophesies bare-headed dishonours her head, for it is one and the very same thing as if she were shaven. If the woman is not covered, let her also be shorn. If it is dishonourable for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her cover her head. 

A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God. The woman is the glory of the man, for the man is not of the woman, but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman’s sake, but the woman for the man’s sake. 10 For this reason, the woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head – for the angels’ sakes. 11 Nevertheless, neither is the man independent of the woman, nor the woman independent of the man in the Lord. 12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man by the woman; but all is of God.

13 Judge in yourselves if it is befitting that a woman pray to God bare-headed. 14 Or does not nature teach you that it is discreditable for a man if he has long hair, 15 and brings praise to a woman if she has long hair? For her hair is given her to cover her with. 16 If there is anyone among you who is inclined to argue, let him know that we have no such custom, nor do the congregations of God.

17 Now this I warn you of and do not commend: that you come together not for the better, but for the worse. 18 First of all, when you come together in the congregation, I hear that there is dissension among you. And I believe it as to some, 19 for there must be sects among you, so that those who are sound among you may be known.

20 When you come together, a person cannot eat the Lord’s Supper, 21 because everyone begins ahead to eat his own supper. And one is hungry, and another is drunk. 22 Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you think nothing of the congregation of God, and shame those who have not? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? In this I do not praise you.

23 That which I delivered to you, I received from the Lord. For the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and thanked, and broke, and said, Take ye, and eat; this is my body which is broken for you. This do in the remembrance of me. 25 In the same manner he took the cup when supper was done, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood; this do as oft as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you show the Lord’s death till he comes. 27 Therefore whosoever eats of this bread or drinks of this cup unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person therefore examine himself, and thus let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats or drinks unworthily, eats and drinks his own damnation, because he does not discern the Lord’s body. 30 For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. 31 If we truly judged ourselves, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged by the Lord, we are chastened, so that we may not be condemned with the world.

33 Therefore my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. 34 If anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, so that you do not come together unto condemnation.

Other things I will set in order when I come.

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1 Corinthians 11 New International Version (NIV)

11 Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.

On Covering the Head in Worship

I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you. But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man,[a] and the head of Christ is God. Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is the same as having her head shaved. For if a woman does not cover her head, she might as well have her hair cut off; but if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should cover her head.

A man ought not to cover his head,[b] since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. 10 It is for this reason that a woman ought to have authority over her own[c] head, because of the angels. 11 Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. 12 For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God.

13 Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him, 15 but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering. 16 If anyone wants to be contentious about this, we have no other practice—nor do the churches of God.

Correcting an Abuse of the Lord’s Supper

17 In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good. 18 In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. 19 No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God’s approval. 20 So then, when you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat, 21 for when you are eating, some of you go ahead with your own private suppers. As a result, one person remains hungry and another gets drunk. 22 Don’t you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God by humiliating those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? Certainly not in this matter!

23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. 30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31 But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment. 32 Nevertheless, when we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world.

33 So then, my brothers and sisters, when you gather to eat, you should all eat together. 34 Anyone who is hungry should eat something at home, so that when you meet together it may not result in judgment.

And when I come I will give further directions.


  1. 1 Corinthians 11:3 Or of the wife is her husband
  2. 1 Corinthians 11:7 Or Every man who prays or prophesies with long hair dishonors his head. But every woman who prays or prophesies with no covering of hair dishonors her head—she is just like one of the “shorn women.” If a woman has no covering, let her be for now with short hair; but since it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair shorn or shaved, she should grow it again. A man ought not to have long hair
  3. 1 Corinthians 11:10 Or have a sign of authority on her
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