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1 Corinthians 11:2-16 (English Standard Version)

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2 Now I commend you 1because you remember me in everything and 2maintain the traditions 3even as I delivered them to you. 3 But I want you to understand that 4the head of every man is Christ, 5the head of a wifea is her husband, and 6the head of Christ is God. 4 Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head, 5 but every wifeb who prays or 7prophesies 8with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same 9as if her head were shaven. 6 For 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. 7 For a man ought not to cover his head, since 10he is the image and glory of God, but 11woman is the glory of man. 8 For 12man was not made from woman, but woman from man. 9 Neither was man created for woman, but 13woman for man. 10 That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.c 11 Nevertheless, 14in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; 12 for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And 15all things are from God. 13 Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a wife to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him, 15 but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering. 16 16If anyone is inclined to be contentious, we have no such practice, nor do 17the churches of God.
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