The Principle and Sign of Headship
Corinthians 11:2-16


The Principle of Headship (11:2-3)

 2 Now I praise you, that in all things ye are mindful of me; and that as I have directed you, ye keep the directions. 3 But I wish you to know that the Christ is the head of every man, but woman’s head is the man, and the Christ’s head God. 


The Sign of Headship (11:4-10)

When are Headcoverings to be used? (11:4-6)

4 Every man praying or prophesying, having anything on his head, puts his head to shame. 5 But every woman praying or prophesying with her head uncovered puts her own head to shame; for it is one and the same as a shaved woman6 For if a woman be not covered, let her hair also be cut off. But if it be shameful to a woman to have her hair cut off or to be shaved, let her be covered. 

Why are Headcoverings to be used? (11:7-10)

7 For man indeed ought not to have his head covered, being God’s image and glory; but woman is man’s glory. 8 For man is not of woman, but woman of man. 9 For also man was not created for the sake of the woman, but woman for the sake of the man. 10 Therefore ought the woman to have authority on her head, on account of the angels. 

(The Dependence of the Man and the Woman on Each Other) (11:11-12)

11 However, neither is woman without man, nor man without woman, in the Lord. 12 For as the woman is of the man, so also is the man by the woman, but all things of God. 


A Closing Word for the Conscience on the Subject of Headship (11:13-16)

13 Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman should pray to God uncovered? 14 Does not even nature itself teach you, that man, if he have long hair, it is a dishonour to him? 15 But woman, if she have long hair, it is glory to her; for the long hair is given to her in lieu of a veil. 16 But if any one think to be contentious, *we* have no such custom, nor the assemblies of God.