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1 Corinthians 11

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1follow me in this attitude, my brethren, as I follow the Christ.
Paul's views on woman in the church
2You do remember and mark my words, I know, and you do keep the rules and the instructions which I lay down. I commend you as an obedient flock, and therefore listen now to another rule, a tradition I wish to be observed in our churches. 3Let men be bareheaded at our meetings, but let the women still wear the head-covering, as has always been the custom, and not thinking themselves free, as they begin to do, appear bareheaded like to men. 4-9And why? There is a reason. If a woman is to appear bareheaded like a man, then let her cut her hair, and wear it in the way that men wear theirs. That would be ugly, you say, and I agree. There is then a difference between the man and the woman; and what is our interpretation of it? Mine is this. Man stands for God; but woman stands for man. The head of the man is the type of Christ governing the body, and the head of Christ is God. The man then in every way stands as the type of the divine, the image and likeness of God, and with unveiled head he stands in the presence of God. 10But woman represents the glory of man; and in the presence of the angels of God man's glory should be veiled. A woman's beauty is her modesty. Her long hair is her glory, because it clothes and covers her. 11The male comes first as the representative of God, and the female next as the representative of man. 12In the second chapter of Genesis the difference made between the creation of man and of woman lies, as I interpret it, in these two different types, the one of God, the other of man; 13-15and so I advise you to keep the old custom whereby men wear their hair short, and bare their heads in prayer or preaching, but women wear their hair long, and in praying or in preaching they keep their heads covered. 16I advise you, I say, to keep this rule, but if you intend to argue the point with me — then I declare I am ignorant of any such custom, and the churches of God know it not!
Divisions and abuses at the Lord's table
17Now in this next point I cannot add any commendation to the advice I am going to give you, for the reason that things are far from well, and that you are receiving harm where you ought to get only good. 18It is an excellent thing that you assemble yourselves together that you may get mutual profit thereby, but not if thereby differences and divisions arise amongst you. This I have heard to be the case, and so in a measure I believe it to be; 19because these divisions, it would seem, have a part to play in our faith, whereby the false are separated from the true, and true faith is tried and tested. 20-21Similarly taking food and drink in common, arriving at this meal hungry and thirsty, is no part of our faith. To dine all together is not to eat the supper of the Lord, especially when some are far better provided than others, and there are great differences in the way you fare at this common feast, and excess even and want are found seated at the same table. 22I like not such customs as that. Why not take your meals in the ordinary way at home? To eat and drink in such a way is to hasten the doom that is coming on all flesh — that doom and judgment of the flesh which is seen in the sickness, the ill-health and the death that still is found amongst your numbers. Now through the eternal body and blood of the Christ we are released from that fate and judgment that come upon the flesh. We look forward to the appearance and coming of the eternal Christ, and we show forth that peculiar death of his which overcame death and releases us from it.
The last supper described
23That is what the Lord Jesus meant by his words at that last supper the night on which they took him, when he handed the cup to his disciples, and broke the bread for them. I taught you his words and his action on that occasion, as they were given me by those who were present. 24After taking the bread, he gave thanks, spoke the usual blessing, and handed it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is surrendered on your behalf. In future, when you break bread thus, and give thanks, remember my body, remember me.” 25-26In handing the cup after dinner, he said, “This is the new covenant, sealed in my blood. In future, whenever you take wine thus together, think of this new covenant, remember my blood.”
Its spiritual meaning explained
27Do you then my brethren, when you come together, eating and drinking, with the intention of carrying out his injunction, and recalling his words, do you really discern beneath this semblance and type of bread and wine the eternal body of Christ to which we belong? Do you really celebrate that wondrous death of his, which differed from all other deaths in that it is to be followed by his second coming and eternal presence in the world? 28Examine yourselves on these points, and assemble together in that spirit only. Otherwise you will only eat and drink the doom of all flesh, as it comes upon the whole world. 29But if you discerned that infinite eternal body, if you understood the meaning of Christ's death in the flesh, and what is signified by the shedding of his blood, and the giving up of his mortal life and material body — 30-31then, my brethren, there would not be so much sickness and disease and death in your midst as there still is. 32-33You would not be bound up with the world in the common doom of perishing mortality, but by first judging yourselves, you would then escape the general ruin. 34Such feasts as you observe, where the eating and drinking predominate over the teaching, have little in keeping with the Lord's supper and this can be avoided by eating first at home, and then when you come together, giving place to one another, and taking the bread and wine as it comes to you. There are other details in connection with this matter which I will arrange when I see you.

1 Corinthians 11

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1Follow my example, just as I follow the example of Christ.
The Report About Head Coverings
2I commend you for remembering what I taught you and for staying true to exactly what I passed on to you. 3But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God. 4Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. 5But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head. It’s the same as having her head shaved. 6If a woman doesn’t cover her head, she might as well have her hair cut off. But if it’s a disgrace for her to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should cover her head.
7A man shouldn’t cover his head, since he’s the likeness and glory of God. But woman is the glory of man. 8Man didn’t come from woman, but woman came from man. 9Also, man wasn’t created for woman, but woman was created for man. 10That’s why a woman should have authority over her own head, because of the angels. 11But here’s how things are for those who belong to the Lord. Woman isn’t independent of man, and man isn’t independent of woman. 12Though woman first came from man, now man is born from woman. And everything comes from God.
13You be the judge. Is it proper for a woman to pray to God without covering her head? 14Doesn’t the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, that’s disgraceful to him, 15but that if a woman has long hair, that’s her glory? Long hair is given to her as a covering. 16If anyone wants to argue about this, let me simply say that we don’t have any other practice, and none of God’s churches do either.
The Report About Selfishness at the Lord’s Supper
17In the following matters, I don’t commend you, because your meetings are doing more harm than good. 18First, here’s what people are telling me. When you get together as a church, you split up into opposing groups. And in some ways, I believe that, 19because those of you who are genuine are bound to stand out as different! 20But when you come together, it’s not the Lord’s Supper that you’re eating. 21As you eat, some of you go ahead and eat your own private meals. Because of this, one person doesn’t get enough to eat, while another gets drunk. 22Don’t you have your own homes to eat and drink in? Or do you think so little of God’s church that you’re prepared to humiliate those who have nothing? What should I say to you? Should I praise you? Certainly not about this!
23I passed on to you what I received from the Lord. On the night the Lord Jesus was handed over to his enemies, he took bread, 24and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, given for you. Every time you eat it, do this in memory of me.” 25In the same way, he took the cup after supper and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Every time you drink it, do this in memory of me.” 26Whenever you eat the bread and drink the cup, you’re announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.
27So eat the bread and drink the cup of the Lord in the right way. Don’t do it in a way that isn’t worthy of him. If you do, you’ll be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28Everyone should examine themselves carefully before they eat the bread and drink from the cup. 29Whoever eats and drinks must recognize the body of Christ. If they don’t, they’ll bring judgment upon themselves. 30That’s why many of you are weak and sick, and a number of you have died. 31We should think more carefully about what we’re doing. Then we wouldn’t be found guilty for this. 32Still, when the Lord judges us in this way, he’s correcting us so that we won’t be judged in the end along with the rest of the world.
33My brothers and sisters, when you meet for the Lord’s Supper, you should all eat together. 34Anyone who’s hungry should eat something at home first. That way, when you meet together, you won’t be judged.
When I come, I’ll give you more directions.