“but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering”?(1 Co 11:15).
If long hair was given to women as a covering, what about the women who have short hair? Do they have to cover their heads in worship? If women with long hair do not need to cover their heads, why did Apostle Paul say, “If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off”?
- “If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she should cover her head”?(1 Co 11:6).
If a woman with long hair does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off because it is written, “If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off.” And if she has her hair cut, she comes to have short hair and eventually has to cover her head. Therefore, the words, “Long hair is given to her as a covering,” do not mean that those women with long hair do not need to cover their heads.
Let us find out a more precise meaning of this by comparing it with another translation of the Bible.
1 Co 11:13-16 Contemporary English Version
- Ask yourselves if it is proper for a woman to pray without something on her head. Isn’t it unnatural and disgraceful for men to have long hair? But long hair is a beautiful way for a woman to cover her head. This is how things are done in all of God’s churches, and that’s why none of you should argue about what I have said.
1 Co 11:13-16 Today’s English Version
- Judge for yourselves whether it is proper for a woman to pray to God in public worship with nothing on her head. Why, nature itself teaches you that long hair on a man is a disgrace, but on a woman it is a thing of beauty. Her long hair has been given her to serve as a covering. But if anyone wants to argue about it, all I have to say is that neither we nor the churches of God have any other custom in worship.
The words of 1 Co 11:13-16 strongly recommend that women cover their heads and men do not. The words, “Long hair was given to her as a covering,” mean that it is a woman’s original nature to cover her head with long hair, and that this original nature of women shows that women should cover their heads.
Though both Cain and Abel worshiped God, God looked with favor only on Abel’s offering. When we worship God according to God-given laws and regulations, He looks with favor on our worship and ultimately we can receive blessings. However, if we worship God, ignoring God-given laws and regulations, God will not look with favor on our worship like Cain’s offering.?The Church of God has worship services according to the laws and regulations recorded in the Bible.