THE FIRST EPISTLE
PAUL THE APOSTLE
1 Corinthians 11 ©
1 The apostle exhorts the Corinthians to imitate him, and praises them that they kept his institutions. 3 Reforms certain misuses which were found in their assemblies; first, that in praying and prophesying, the men had their heads covered, and the women uncovered. 4 Which he proves to be unseemly, both for the men, because they are the head of the woman, and for the women who, seeing they are subject to the man, ought to cover their heads for a sign thereof; or otherwise that both men and women dishonor their head. 14 And do contrary to nature. 18 Afterward that there were divisions in their assemblies. 20 And, moreover, that the Lord’s Supper was not rightly observed amongst them, forasmuch as the rich in particular kept feasts beforehand, whereby some came drunk to the Lord’s Supper. 23 To reform those misuses, he sets before them the institution of the Lord’s Supper and the signification of the same. 26 And teaches to what end and in what manner it must be held. 29 And what judgments they are to expect, and were already sent by God upon some of them who did not use the same aright. 33 Finally he teaches how they shall amend those misuses.
BE ye followersa of me, even as I also am of 1Christ.
Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me 2in all things, and keep 3the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.
But I would have 4you know, thatb5the head 6of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; andc the head of Christ is 7God.
Every man 8praying or 9prophesying, having his 10head covered, 11dishonoureth his head.
But every 12woman 13that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered 14dishonoureth her head: for that is 15even all one as if she were shaven.
For if the woman be not covered, 16let her also be shorn: butd if it be a shame for a woman to be 17shorn or 18shaven, let her be covered.
For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuche as he is 19the image and 20glory of God: but the woman is the 21glory of the man.
Forf the man is not 22of the woman; but the woman of the man.
Neither was the man created 23for the woman; but the woman 24for the man.
For this cause ought the woman to have 25power on her head 26because of the angels.
27Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, 28in the Lord.
For as the woman is 29of the man, even so is the man also 30by the woman; but 31all things of God.
32Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?
Doth not even 33nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame 34unto him?
But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for 35a covering.
Butg if any man seem to be 36contentious, we have no 37such custom, neither 38the churches of God.
39Now in this that I 40declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not 41for the better, but for the worse.
For first of all, when ye come together 42in the church, 43I hear that there be 44divisions among you; and 45I partly believe it.
Forh there 46must be also 47heresies 48amongi you, that they 49which are approved may be 50made manifest among you.
When ye come together therefore into one place, 51this 52is not to eat the Lord's supper.
For 53in eating 54every one taketh 55before other 56his own supper: and 57one is hungry, and another is drunken.
What? have ye 58not houses to eat and to drink in? or 59despise ye the church of God, and 60shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? 61I praise you not.
62For I have received 63of the Lord that which also I 64delivered unto you, 65Thatj the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new 66testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
For as often as ye eat 67this bread, and drink 68this cup, 69ye do shew the Lord’s death 70tillk he come.
Whereforel whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, 71unworthily, shall be 72guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
Butm let a man 73examine himself, and so let him 74eat 75of that bread, and drink 76of that cup.
For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh 77damnation to himself, 78not discerning the Lord's body.
79For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many 80sleep.
Forn if we would 81judge ourselves, we should not 82be judged.
83But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together 84to eat, 85tarry one for another.
And if any man hunger, 86let him eat at home; that ye come not together 87unto condemnation. 88And the rest will I set in order when I come.