1Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
Being Under Authority
2I praise you because you remember me in everything. You follow closely the teachings that I gave you. 3But I want you to understand this: The head of every man is Christ. And the head of a woman is the man.# This could also mean “her husband.” And the head of Christ is God. 4Every man who prophesies or prays with his head covered brings shame to his head. 5But every woman who prays or prophesies should have her head covered. If her head is not covered, she brings shame to her head. She is the same as a woman who has her head shaved. 6If a woman does not cover her head, it is the same as cutting off all her hair. But it is shameful for a woman to cut off her hair or to shave her head. So she should cover her head. 7But a man should not cover his head, because he is made like God and is God’s glory. But woman is man’s glory. 8Man did not come from woman, but woman came from man. 9And man was not made for woman. Woman was made for man. 10So that is why a woman should have her head covered with something to show that she is under authority. And also she should do this because of the angels.
11But in the Lord the woman is important to the man, and the man is important to the woman. 12This is true because woman came from man, but also man is born from woman. Really, everything comes from God. 13Decide this for yourselves: Is it right for a woman to pray to God without something on her head? 14Even nature itself teaches you that wearing long hair is shameful for a man. 15But wearing long hair is a woman’s honor. Long hair is given to the woman to cover her head. 16Some people may still want to argue about this. But I would add that neither we nor the churches of God accept any other practice.
The Lord’s Supper
17In the things I tell you now I do not praise you. Your meetings hurt you more than they help you. 18First, I hear that when you meet together as a church you are divided. And I believe some of this. 19(It is necessary for there to be differences among you. That is the way to make it clear which of you are really doing right.) 20When you all come together, you are not really eating the Lord’s Supper.# The meal Jesus told his followers to eat to remember him (Luke 22:14–20). 21This is because when you eat, each person eats without waiting for the others. Some people do not get enough to eat, while others have too much to drink. 22You can eat and drink in your own homes! It seems that you think God’s church is not important. You embarrass those who are poor. What should I tell you? Should I praise you for doing this? I do not praise you.
23The teaching that I gave you is the same teaching that I received from the Lord: On the night when Jesus was handed over to be killed, he took bread 24and gave thanks for it. Then he broke the bread and said, “This is my body; it is# Some Greek copies read “it is broken.” for you. Do this to remember me.” 25In the same way, after they ate, Jesus took the cup. He said, “This cup shows the new agreement from God to his people. This new agreement begins with the blood of my death. When you drink this, do it to remember me.” 26Every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you show others about the Lord’s death until he comes.
27So a person should not eat the bread or drink the cup of the Lord in a way that is not worthy of it. If he does he is sinning against the body and the blood of the Lord. 28Everyone should look into his own heart before he eats the bread and drinks the cup. 29If someone eats the bread and drinks the cup without recognizing the body, then he is judged guilty by eating and drinking. 30That is why many in your group are sick and weak. And some of you have died. 31But if we judged ourselves in the right way, then God would not judge us. 32But when the Lord judges us, he disciplines us to show us the right way. He does this so that we will not be destroyed along with the world.
33So my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for each other. 34If anyone is too hungry, he should eat at home. Do this so that your meeting together will not bring God’s judgment on you. I will tell you what to do about the other things when I come.