Follow my example, just as I follow the example of Messiah.
I praise you because you remember me in all things, and hold to the traditions just as I handed them on to you.
But I want you to know that the Messiah is the head of
every man, the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of the
A man praying or prophesying
with his head covered dishonors
5 But a woman praying or prophesying with her head uncovered
dishonors her head, because it is the equivalent of having her head shaved.
6 For if
a woman’s head is not covered, then let her hair be cut off. But if it is
shameful for a woman to have her hair cut off or shaved, then she should
have her head covered.
7 A man should not have his head covered, because he
is the image and glory of God, but the woman is the glory of the man. 8 For man
is not from woman, but woman from man; 9 and man was not created for the
woman, but woman for the man.
10 So the woman ought to have a sign of
authority on her head, because of the angels.
 11 Nevertheless the woman is
not independent of the man, nor the man independent of the woman, in the
12 For as woman came from the man, so man comes through woman, but everything comes from God. 13 Decide for yourselves: is it
appropriate for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered?
14 Does not
even common sense teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him?
15 But if a woman has long hair it is a glory to her, because her hair is given to
her as a covering.
16 If anyone wants to argue about this, we have no other
practice, nor do the churches of God.
17 In giving you the instructions which follow I do not praise you, because
when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse.
18 First of all,
when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among
you, and I partly believe it.
19 For there must be divisions among you so that
those who are approved may become known.
20 So then when you
meet together it is not really the lord’s supper that you are eating, 21 because
when it is time to eat each one takes his own supper first, leaving one hungry
and another drunk. 22 What? Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do
you show contempt for God’s church and shame those who have nothing?
What should I tell you? Should I praise you? In this I certainly do not praise
23 For I received from the lord what I handed on to you: the lord Jesus, on
he was betrayed, took bread. 24 When he had given thanks, he
broke it and said, “This bread represents my body, which is for you. Do this
in memory of me.” 25 In the same way he took the cup after supper, with these words: “This cup represents the New Covenant ratified by my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in memory of me.”
26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink from
this cup, you are proclaiming the lord’s death until he comes. 27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks from the lord’s cup in an
unworthy way will be guilty of the body and blood of the lord. 28 Let each
person first examine themselves, and then eat the bread and drink from the
cup. 29 For the person who eats and drinks without regard for the body eats and
drinks judgment on himself. 30 This is the reason why many of you are weak
and sick, and some have fallen asleep in death. 31 But if we examined ourselves
rightly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are
disciplined by the lord, so that we will not be condemned along with the
world. 33 So my brothers and sisters, when you come together to eat the lord’s
supper, wait for one another. 34 If anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, so that your coming together will not bring judgment. About the other matters, I will instruct you when I come.
Prophesying has the general sense of encouraging and edifying (see 14:3).
The exact point in relation to the angels is disputed by commentary.
The Thursday evening before his Friday crucifixion, followed by his resurrection on the third
day, Sunday (Lk. 24:21; cp. 9:22; 13:32; 18:33). That Friday in the year of the crucifixion was the 15
day of Nisan, and the Passover meal had been eaten by Jesus and the nation when the 15
th began at
Indicating an indefinite frequency, certainly not just once a year since this is a new Christian
celebration. The Jehovah’s Witness practice of excluding ordinary members (other than the so-called
144,000) from the communion is in fact a way (not intentional) of excommunicating them! It is fanciful
to base a whole “two-class” system in the church on the passages in Rev. 7, 14. Jesus and Paul would
have argued against this vehemently.
The lord’s supper was obviously not once a year, but at church meetings. Paul had to pay
urgent attention to correcting the abuse of the lord’s supper by letter, and he was going to visit them
within a year.