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1 Corinthians 11 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:1 - Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

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Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:2 - Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:3 - But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife[fn] is her husband,[fn] and the head of Christ is God.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:4 - Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:5 - but every wife[fn] who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:6 - 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.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:7 - For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:8 - For man was not made from woman, but woman from man.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:9 - Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:10 - That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:11 - Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman;
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:12 - for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:13 - Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a wife to pray to God with her head uncovered?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:14 - Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:15 - but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:16 - If anyone is inclined to be contentious, we have no such practice, nor do the churches of God.

The Lord’s Supper

Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:17 - But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:18 - For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part,[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:19 - for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:20 - When you come together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you eat.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:21 - For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, another gets drunk.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:22 - What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not.
(Mat 26:26–29; Mar 14:22–25; Luk 22:14–23 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:23 - For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:24 - and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for[fn] you. Do this in remembrance of me.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:25 - In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:26 - For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:27 - Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:28 - Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:29 - For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:30 - That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:31 - But if we judged[fn] ourselves truly, we would not be judged.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:32 - But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined[fn] so that we may not be condemned along with the world.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:33 - So then, my brothers,[fn] when you come together to eat, wait for[fn] one another—
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:34 - if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home—so that when you come together it will not be for judgment. About the other things I will give directions when I come.
ESV Footnotes
Greek guně. This term may refer to a woman or a wife, depending on the context
Greek aněr. This term may refer to a man or a husband, depending on the context
In verses 5–13, the Greek word guně is translated wife in verses that deal with wearing a veil, a sign of being married in first-century culture
Or messengers, that is, people sent to observe and report
Or I believe a certain report
Some manuscripts broken for
Or as my memorial; also verse 25
Greek have fallen asleep (as in 15:6, 20)
Or discerned
Or when we are judged we are being disciplined by the Lord
Or brothers and sisters
Or share with

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