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1Imitate#Eph. 5:1 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 #Eph. 1:22Eph 4:15Eph 5:23Col. 1:18Col 2:19the head of every man is Christ, #Gen. 3:16(Eph. 5:23)the head of woman is man, and the #John 14:28head of Christ is God. 4Every man praying or #1 Cor. 12:10prophesying, 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 #Deut. 21:12shaved. 6For if a woman is not covered, let her also be shorn. But if it is #Num. 5:18shameful for a woman to be shorn or shaved, let her be covered. 7For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since #Gen. 1:2627Ge 5:1Ge 9:6James 3:9he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. 8For man is not from woman, but woman #Gen. 2:21–231 Tim. 2:13from man. 9Nor was man created for the woman, but woman #Gen. 2:18for the man. 10For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. 11Nevertheless, #(Gal. 3:28)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 to her for a covering. 16But #1 Tim. 6:4if anyone seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, #1 Cor. 7:17nor 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, #1 Cor. 1:10–12|NoBook| 3:3I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it. 19For #Matt. 18:7Luke 17:11 Tim. 4:12 Pet. 2:1there must also be factions among you, #(Deut. 13:3)Luke 2:351 John 2:19that those who are approved may be 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 #2 Pet. 2:13Jude 12another is drunk. 22What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise #1 Cor. 10:32the church of God and #James 2:6shame 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
23For #1 Cor. 15:3Gal. 1:12Col. 3:24I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: #Matt. 26:26–28Mark 14:22–24Luke 22:17–201 Cor. 10:16that 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, “Take, eat; this is My body which is 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 #John 14:3(Acts 1:11)till He comes.
Examine Yourself
27Therefore whoever eats #(John 6:51)this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28But #Matt. 26:222 Cor. 13:5Gal. 6:4let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 30For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. 31For #(Ps. 32:51 John 1:9)if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. 32But when we are judged, #2 Sam. 7:14Ps. 94:12(Heb. 12:5–10Rev. 3:19)we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.
33Therefore, my brethren, when you #1 Cor. 14:26come 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.
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