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Head Covering

Head Coverings: A Biblical Thing?

Yes, they are a Biblical thing. Let’s look at the extremely contraversial, 1 Corinthians 11:4-6
“Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.”

The common excuse women (and some men) give for this is that a woman’s hair is her covering.

Let’s look at it logically. If a woman prays without a head covering, she should be shaved. Therefore, if she should be shaved, she couldn’t have already been shaved. It’s kind of hard to shave and shaved head. They say that hair is her covering... So if she doesn’t have hair (ie.. a covering), she should be shaved. But how can you shave the head, if there is no hair to shave?!

Paul is speaking of women who DO have hair, and hair can’t be the covering. If it were a covering, then men should be bald.

Now, I’m going to address this right away. Later in the chapter, it states that hair is given to a woman as a covering. But as we have already seen, hair can’t be the covering spoken of in verse 6.

Let’s do this in a very simple way:

The term “covered” in verse 6, in Greek, is “katakaloopto”, meaning “to cover wholly, i.e. veil:-cover, hide”

1 Corinthians 11:15, states, in part, “for her hair is given her for a covering.”

The term “covering” in verse 15, in Greek, is “peribolahyon”, meaning “something thrown around one, i.e. a mantle, veil:-covering, vesture.”

There is a clear difference. One is to “cover wholly”, and the other is “thrown around”, like a thin, quick covering, while the “covered” in verse 6 is a more in-depth covering, like to cover wholly.