I am so glad, dear friends, that you always keep me in your thoughts and you are following the Christian teaching I passed on to you.
But there is one thing I want you to know: A man is responsible to Christ, a woman is responsible to her husband, and Christ is responsible to God.
A man dishonors Christ a if he covers his head while praying or prophesying.
But a woman dishonors her husband b if she prays or prophesies without a covering on her head, for this is the same as shaving her head.
Yes, if she refuses to wear a head covering, she should cut off all her hair. And since it is shameful for a woman to have her hair cut or her head shaved, then she should wear a covering. c7
A man should not wear anything on his head when worshiping, for man is God's glory, made in God's own image, but woman is the glory of man.
For the first man didn't come from woman, but the first woman came from man.
And man was not made for woman's benefit, but woman was made for man.
So a woman should wear a covering on her head as a sign of authority because the angels are watching.
But in relationships among the Lord's people, women are not independent of men, and men are not independent of women.
For although the first woman came from man, all men have been born from women ever since, and everything comes from God.
What do you think about this? Is it right for a woman to pray to God in public without covering her head?
Isn't it obvious that it's disgraceful for a man to have long hair?
And isn't it obvious that long hair is a woman's pride and joy? For it has been given to her as a covering.
But if anyone wants to argue about this, all I can say is that we have no other custom than this, and all the churches of God feel the same way about it.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)