1try to imitate me, even as I myself try to imitate the Messiah.
2Now I praise you because you have remembered everything I told you and observe the traditions just the way I passed them on to you. 3But I want you to understand that the head of every man is the Messiah, and the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of the Messiah is God. 4Every man who prays or prophesies wearing something down over his head brings shame to his head, 5but every woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled brings shame to her head — there is no difference between her and a woman who has had her head shaved. 6For if a woman is not veiled, let her also have her hair cut short; but if it is shameful for a woman to wear her hair cut short or to have her head shaved, then let her be veiled. 7For a man indeed should not have his head veiled, because he is the image and glory of God, and the woman is the glory of man. 8For man was not made from woman, but woman from man; 9and indeed man was not created for the sake of the woman but woman for the sake of the man. 10The reason a woman should show by veiling her head that she is under authority has to do with the angels. 11Nevertheless, in union with the Lord neither is woman independent of man nor is man independent of woman; 12for as the woman was made from the man, so also the man is now born through the woman. But everything is from God. 13Decide for yourselves: is it appropriate for a woman to pray to God when she is unveiled? 14Doesn’t the nature of things itself teach you that a man who wears his hair long degrades himself? 15But a woman who wears her hair long enhances her appearance, because her hair has been given to her as a covering. 16However, if anyone wants to argue about it, the fact remains that we have no such custom, nor do the Messianic communities of God.
17But in giving you this next instruction I do not praise you, because when you meet together it does more harm than good! 18For, in the first place, I hear that when you gather together as a congregation you divide up into cliques; and to a degree I believe it 19(granted that there must be some divisions among you in order to show who are the ones in the right). 20Thus, when you gather together, it is not to eat a meal of the Lord; 21because as you eat your meal, each one goes ahead on his own; so that one stays hungry while another is already drunk! 22Don’t you have homes to eat and drink in? Or are you trying to show your contempt for God’s Messianic community and embarrass those who are poor? What am I supposed to say to you? Am I supposed to praise you? Well, for this I don’t praise you!
23For what I received from the Lord is just what I passed on to you — that the Lord Yeshua, on the night he was betrayed, took bread; 24and after he had made the b’rakhah he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this as a memorial to me”; 25likewise also the cup after the meal, saying, “This cup is the New Covenant effected by my blood; do this, as often as you drink it, as a memorial to me.” 26For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord, until he comes.
27Therefore, whoever eats the Lord’s bread or drinks the Lord’s cup in an unworthy manner will be guilty of desecrating the body and blood of the Lord! 28So let a person examine himself first, and then he may eat of the bread and drink from the cup; 29for a person who eats and drinks without recognizing the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself. 30This is why many among you are weak and sick, and some have died! 31If we would examine ourselves, we would not come under judgment. 32But when we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined, so that we will not be condemned along with the world.
33So then, my brothers, when you gather together to eat, wait for one another. 34If someone is hungry, he should eat at home, so that when you meet together it will not result in judgment.
As for the other matters, I will instruct you about them when I come.