1 Corinthians 11

1Do as I do, for I am doing as Christ did. 2You are doing well. You remember everything I told you. And you are doing what I taught you to do. 3But I want you to know this. Christ is the head of every man. The husband is the head of the wife. And God is the head of Christ. 4Any man who talks to God or speaks words from God with his head covered brings shame on his head. 5But any woman who talks to God or speaks words from God with her head not covered brings shame on her head. She is just the same as a woman who has cut off all her hair. 6If a woman does not cover her head, she might as well cut off her hair. But if it is a shame for a woman to cut off her hair, or to shave her head, then she should have her head covered. 7A man does not need to cover his head because he was made like God is. Man is God’s glory. Woman is man’s glory. 8Man was not made from woman, but woman was made from man. 9And man was not made for woman, but woman was made for man. 10She should show this by having her head covered, because of the angels. 11But the Lord did not make woman without man, and he did not make man without woman. 12As woman comes from man, so man is born by woman. And everything comes from God. 13What do you think? Does it look right for a woman to talk to God in public with her head not covered? 14It would be a shame for a man to have long hair. Everyone knows this. 15But long hair is something for the woman to be proud of. Her hair has been given to her for a covering. 16Does anyone still want to quarrel about this matter? This is what we do. And this is what the churches of God do also.

17In the next thing I have to talk about, I cannot say that you are doing well. Your meeting together is more bad than good. 18First, I hear that in the church meeting you divide yourselves into groups. I think this may be true. 19You also have groups of people who do not think the same way. Because of them you will soon learn which people please God the most. 20When you meet together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you eat. 21People take their own food and eat it without waiting. One gets nothing to eat. Another person drinks too much. 22Do you not have your own homes where you can eat and drink? Do you have no respect for the church of God? Do you want to make poor people ashamed? What shall I say to you? Shall I say you are doing well? No, you are not doing well in this matter!

23The Lord gave me what I taught you. This is what it was. On the night when the Lord Jesus was sold to his enemies, he took bread. 24He thanked God for it. Then he broke it and said, ‘Take this bread and eat it. This is my body which is broken for you. Do this so that you will remember me.’ 25In the same way, after they had eaten, he took the cup. He said, ‘This cup is the new agreement made by my blood. Every time you drink from this cup, do it to remember me.’ 26Every time you eat this bread and drink from this cup you tell about the Lord’s death, until he comes again. 27So then, when anyone eats the bread and drinks from the cup in a way that is not right, he has done wrong to the body and blood of the Lord. 28Each one must look into his own heart carefully. When he has done that, he may eat the bread and drink from the cup. 29The person who eats and drinks in a wrong way will be punished. He does not take it as the Lord’s body. 30That is why many of you are weak and sick. Many have died. 31But if we took time to look into our hearts first, then we would not be punished. 32When we are punished, the Lord is teaching us to do right, so that we will not be punished with the rest of the people of the world. 33So, my Christian brothers, when you come together to eat the Lord’s supper, wait on your turn. 34If a man is hungry, he should eat at home. Then when you meet, you will not be found in the wrong. There are other matters. I will talk about them when I come to see you.

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