Veils Hats Coverings

17 November 2010

1 Corinthians 11 has always been one of those sections in the Bible that gets mixed messages. It says

2 Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things and keep the traditions just as I delivered them to you. 3 But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. 4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonours his head.5 But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonours her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved. 6 For if a woman is not covered, let her also be shorn. But if it is shameful for a woman to be shorn or shaved, let her be covered. 7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. 8 For man is not from woman, but woman from man. 9 Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man. 10 For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. 11 Nevertheless, neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord. 12 For as woman came from man, even so man also comes through woman; but all things are from God. 
13 Judge among yourselves. Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonour 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 anyone seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, nor do the churches of God.
I have always interpreted these verses to mean simply that in the presence of God especially prayer a woman should cover her head. However as you read on to Verse 15 it says a woman's hair is her covering. I used to attend a church where women wore veils over their hair and not their faces. Other churches I have attended the ladies wore hats of varying degrees. My current church does not stipulate any actual head covering for women at all. Should women cover their heads in church or in their everyday lives?

Check out below links
Ladies Church Hats Make Comeback
Head Covering according to Wikipedia
Bible Research The Woman's Headcovering

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