1Follow my example, just like I follow Christ’s.
Appropriate dress in worship
2I praise you because you remember all my instructions, and you hold on to the traditions exactly as I handed them on to you. 3Now I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God. 4Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered shames his head. 5Every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered disgraces her head. It is the same thing as having her head shaved. 6If a woman doesn’t cover her head, then she should have her hair cut off. If it is disgraceful for a woman to have short hair or to be shaved, then she should keep her head covered. 7A man shouldn’t have his head covered, because he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is man’s glory. 8Man didn’t have his origin from woman, but woman from man; 9and man wasn’t created for the sake of the woman, but the woman for the sake of the man. 10Because of this a woman should have authority over her head, because of the angels. 11However, woman isn’t independent from man, and man isn’t independent from woman in the Lord. 12As woman came from man so also man comes from woman. But everything comes from God. 13Judge for yourselves: Is it appropriate for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14Doesn’t nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him; 15but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? This is because her long hair is given to her for a covering. 16But if someone wants to argue about this, we don’t have such a custom, nor do God’s churches.
The community meal
17Now I don’t praise you as I give the following instruction because when you meet together, it does more harm than good. 18First of all, when you meet together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and I partly believe it. 19It’s necessary that there are groups among you, to make it clear who is genuine. 20So when you get together in one place, it isn’t to eat the Lord’s meal. 21Each of you goes ahead and eats a private meal. One person goes hungry while another is drunk. 22Don’t you have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you look down on God’s churches and humiliate those who have nothing? What can I say to you? Will I praise you? No, I don’t praise you in this.
23I received a tradition from the Lord, which I also handed on to you: on the night on which he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread. 24After giving thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this to remember me.” 25He did the same thing with the cup, after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Every time you drink it, do this to remember me.” 26Every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you broadcast the death of the Lord until he comes.
27This is why those who eat the bread or drink the cup of the Lord inappropriately will be guilty of the Lord’s body and blood. 28Each individual should test himself or herself, and eat from the bread and drink from the cup in that way. 29Those who eat and drink without correctly understanding the body are eating and drinking their own judgment. 30Because of this, many of you are weak and sick, and quite a few have died. 31But if we had judged ourselves, we wouldn’t be judged. 32However, we are disciplined by the Lord when we are judged so that we won’t be judged and condemned along with the whole world. 33For these reasons, my brothers and sisters, when you get together to eat, wait for each other. 34If some of you are hungry, they should eat at home so that getting together doesn’t lead to judgment. I will give directions about the other things when I come.