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Worship and the Lord’s Supper

11Imitate(A) me, just as I also imitate Christ.

Head Coverings

2Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things and keep the traditions just as I delivered them to you. 3But I want you to know that (B)the head of every man is Christ, (C)the head of woman is man, and (D)the head of Christ is God. 4Every man praying or (E)prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head. 5But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were (F)shaved. 6For if a woman is not covered, let her also be shorn. But if it is (G)shameful for a woman to be shorn or shaved, let her be covered. 7For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since (H)he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. 8For man is not from woman, but woman (I)from man. 9Nor was man created for the woman, but woman (J)for the man. 10For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. 11Nevertheless, (K)neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord. 12For as woman came from man, even so man also comes through woman; but all things are from God.

13Judge among yourselves. Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him? 15But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given [a]to her for a covering. 16But (L)if anyone seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, (M)nor do the churches of God.

Conduct at the Lord’s Supper

17Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse. 18For first of all, when you come together as a church, (N)I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it. 19For (O)there must also be factions among you, (P)that those who are approved may be [b]recognized among you. 20Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper. 21For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and (Q)another is drunk. 22What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise (R)the church of God and (S)shame [c]those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you.

Institution of the Lord’s Supper(T)

23For (U)I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: (V)that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, [d]“Take, eat; this is My body which is [e]broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

26For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death (W)till He comes.

Examine Yourself

27Therefore whoever eats (X)this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and [f]blood of the Lord. 28But (Y)let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29For he who eats and drinks [g]in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the [h]Lord’s body. 30For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many [i]sleep. 31For (Z)if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. 32But when we are judged, (AA)we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.

33Therefore, my brethren, when you (AB)come together to eat, wait for one another. 34But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come.


  1. 1 Corinthians 11:15 M omits to her
  2. 1 Corinthians 11:19 Lit. manifest, evident
  3. 1 Corinthians 11:22 The poor
  4. 1 Corinthians 11:24 NU omits Take, eat
  5. 1 Corinthians 11:24 NU omits broken
  6. 1 Corinthians 11:27 NU, M the blood
  7. 1 Corinthians 11:29 NU omits in an unworthy manner
  8. 1 Corinthians 11:29 NU omits Lord’s
  9. 1 Corinthians 11:30 Are dead

Cross references

  1. 1 Corinthians 11:1 : Eph. 5:1
  2. 1 Corinthians 11:3 : Eph. 1:22; 4:15; 5:23; Col. 1:18; 2:19
  3. 1 Corinthians 11:3 : Gen. 3:16; [Eph. 5:23]
  4. 1 Corinthians 11:3 : John 14:28
  5. 1 Corinthians 11:4 : 1 Cor. 12:10
  6. 1 Corinthians 11:5 : Deut. 21:12
  7. 1 Corinthians 11:6 : Num. 5:18
  8. 1 Corinthians 11:7 : Gen. 1:26, 27; 5:1; 9:6; James 3:9
  9. 1 Corinthians 11:8 : Gen. 2:21–23; 1 Tim. 2:13
  10. 1 Corinthians 11:9 : Gen. 2:18
  11. 1 Corinthians 11:11 : [Gal. 3:28]
  12. 1 Corinthians 11:16 : 1 Tim. 6:4
  13. 1 Corinthians 11:16 : 1 Cor. 7:17
  14. 1 Corinthians 11:18 : 1 Cor. 1:10–12; 3:3
  15. 1 Corinthians 11:19 : Matt. 18:7; Luke 17:1; 1 Tim. 4:1; 2 Pet. 2:1
  16. 1 Corinthians 11:19 : [Deut. 13:3]; Luke 2:35; 1 John 2:19
  17. 1 Corinthians 11:21 : 2 Pet. 2:13; Jude 12
  18. 1 Corinthians 11:22 : 1 Cor. 10:32
  19. 1 Corinthians 11:22 : James 2:6
  20. 1 Corinthians 11:23 : Matt. 26:26–29; Mark 14:22–25; Luke 22:14–23
  21. 1 Corinthians 11:23 : 1 Cor. 15:3; Gal. 1:12; Col. 3:24
  22. 1 Corinthians 11:23 : Matt. 26:26–28; Mark 14:22–24; Luke 22:17–20; 1 Cor. 10:16
  23. 1 Corinthians 11:26 : John 14:3; [Acts 1:11]
  24. 1 Corinthians 11:27 : [John 6:51]
  25. 1 Corinthians 11:28 : Matt. 26:22; 2 Cor. 13:5; Gal. 6:4
  26. 1 Corinthians 11:31 : [Ps. 32:5; 1 John 1:9]
  27. 1 Corinthians 11:32 : 2 Sam. 7:14; Ps. 94:12; [Heb. 12:5–10; Rev. 3:19]
  28. 1 Corinthians 11:33 : 1 Cor. 14:26
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