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1 Corinthians, Chapter 11

   1: So take me for your example, even as I take Christ for mine.
   2: Now I am pleased to see that you keep me in memory in all things, and that you give attention to the teaching which was handed down from me to you.
   3: But it is important for you to keep this fact in mind, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God.
   4: Every man who takes part in prayer, or gives teaching as a prophet, with his head covered, puts shame on his head.
   5: But every woman who does so with her head unveiled, puts shame on her head: for it is the same as if her hair was cut off.
   6: For if a woman is not veiled, let her hair be cut off; but if it is a shame to a woman to have her hair cut off, let her be veiled.
   7: For it is not right for a man to have his head covered, because he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.
   8: For the man did not come from the woman, but the woman from the man.
   9: And the man was not made for the woman, but the woman for the man.
   10: For this reason it is right for the woman to have a sign of authority on her head, because of the angels.
   11: But the woman is not separate from the man, and the man is not separate from the woman in the Lord.
   12: For as the woman is from the man, so the man is through the woman; but all things are from God.
   13: Be judges yourselves of the question: does it seem right for a woman to take part in prayer unveiled?
   14: Does it not seem natural to you that if a man has long hair, it is a cause of shame to him?
   15: But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given to her for a covering.
   16: But if any man will not be ruled in this question, this is not our way of doing things, and it is not done in the churches of God.
   17: But in giving you this order, there is one thing about which I am not pleased: it is that when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse.
   18: For first of all, it has come to my ears that when you come together in the church, there are divisions among you, and I take the statement to be true in part.
   19: For divisions are necessary among you, in order that those who have God's approval may be clearly seen among you.
   20: But now, when you come together, it is not possible to take the holy meal of the Lord:
   21: For when you take your food, everyone takes his meal before the other; and one has not enough food, and another is the worse for drink.
   22: What? have you not houses to take your meals in? or have you no respect for the church of God, putting the poor to shame? What am I to say to you? am I to give you praise? certainly not.
   23: For it was handed down to me from the Lord, as I gave it to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night when Judas was false to him, took bread,
   24: And when it had been broken with an act of praise, he said, This is my body which is for you: do this in memory of me.
   25: In the same way, with the cup, after the meal, he said, This cup is the new testament in my blood: do this, whenever you take it, in memory of me.
   26: For whenever you take the bread and the cup you give witness to the Lord's death till he comes.
   27: If, then, anyone takes the bread or the cup of the Lord in the wrong spirit, he will be responsible for the body and blood of the Lord.
   28: But let no man take of the bread and the cup without testing himself.
   29: For a man puts himself in danger, if he takes part in the holy meal without being conscious that it is the Lord's body.
   30: For this cause a number of you are feeble and ill, and a number are dead.
   31: But if we were true judges of ourselves, punishment would not come on us.
   32: But if punishment does come, it is sent by the Lord, so that we may be safe when the world is judged.
   33: So then, my brothers, when you come together to the holy meal of the Lord, let there be waiting for one another.
   34: If any man is in need of food, let him take his meal in his house; so that you may not come together to your damage. And the rest I will put in order when I come.

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