1 Letter to the Corinthians
Women’s dress and Mediterranean customs
1 Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ. 2 I praise you because you remember me in everything, and you keep the traditions that I have given you. 3 However I wish to remind you that every man has Christ as his head, while the wife has her husband as her head; and God is the head of Christ. 4 If a man prays or prophesies with his head covered, he dishonors his head. 5 On the contrary, the woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered, does not respect her head. She might as well cut her hair. 6 If a woman does not use a veil, let her cut her hair; and if it is a shame for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved, then let her use a veil.
7 Men do not need to cover their head, for they are the image of God and reflect his glory, while a woman reflects the glory of man. 8 Man was not formed from woman, but woman from man. 9 Nor did God create man for woman, but woman for man. 10 Therefore, a woman must respect the angels and have on her head the sign of her dependence.
11 Anyway, the Christian attitude does not separate man from woman, and woman from man, 12 and if God has created woman from man, man is born from woman and both come from God.
13 Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a woman to pray without a veil? 14 Common sense teaches us that it is shameful for a man to wear long hair, 15 while long hair is the pride of a woman, and it has been given to her precisely as a veil.
16 If some of you want to argue, let it be known that it is not our cus tom nor the custom in the churches of God.
The Lord’s supper
17 To continue with my advice, I cannot praise you, for your gatherings are not for the better but for the worse.
18 First, as I have heard, when you gather together, there are divisions among you and I partly believe it. 19 There may have to be dif ferent groups among you, so that it be comes clear who among you are genuine.
20 Your gatherings are no longer the Supper of the Lord, 21 for each one eats at once his own food and while one is hungry, the other is getting drunk. 22 Do you not have houses in which to eat and drink? Or perhaps you despise the Church of God and desire to humili ate those who have nothing? What shall I say? Shall I praise you? For this I cannot praise you.
23 This is the tradition of the Lord that I received and that in my turn I have handed on to you; the Lord Jesus, on the night that he was delivered up, took bread and, 24 after giving thanks, broke it, saying, “This is my body which is broken for you; do this in memory of me.” 25 In the same manner, taking the cup after the supper, he said, “This cup is the new Covenant in my blood. When ever you drink it, do it in memory of me.” 26 So, then, whenever you eat of this bread and drink from this cup, you are proclaiming the death of the Lord until he comes.
27 Therefore, if anyone eats of the bread or drinks from the cup of the Lord unworthily, he sins against the body and blood of the Lord.
28 Let each one, then, examine himself before eating of the bread and drinking from the cup. 29 Other wise, he eats and drinks his own condemnation in not recognizing the Body.
30 This is the reason why so many among you are sick and weak and several have died. 31 If we examined and corrected ourselves, the Lord would not have to exercise judgment against us. 32 The Lord’s strokes are to correct us, so that we may not be condemned with this world.
33 So then, brothers, when you gather for a meal, wait for one another 34 and, if someone is hungry, let him eat in his own house. In this way you will not gather for your com mon condem nation. The other instructions I shall give when I go there.