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Women's heads I. Corinthians. to be uncovered. covered, 6 and women with For a man, indeed, ought their heads uncovered. pot to cover his head, foras
* BE ye followers of me, much as he is the image and even as I also am of Christ. glory of God; but the woman
2 Now I praise you, breth- is the glory of the man. ren, that ye remember me in 8 For the man is not of the all things, and keep the ordi woman; but the woman of the nạnces, as I delivered them to you.
9 Neither was the man cré3 But I would have you ated for the woman; but the know, that the head of every woman for the man. man is Christ; and the head 10 For this cause ought the of the woman is the man; and woman to have power on her the head of Christ is God. head because of the angels
. 4 Every man praying or 11 Nevertheless, neither is prophesying, having his head the man without the woman, covered, dishonoureth his head. neither the woman without the
5 But every woman that man, in the Lord. prayeth or prophesieth with 12 For as the woman is of her head uncovered, dishonour the man, even so is the man eth her head; for that is even also by the woman; but all all one as if she were shaven. things of God.
6 For if the woman be not 13 Judge in yourselves ; is covered, let her also be shorn; it comely that a woman pray but if it be a shame for a wo unto God uncovered : man to be shorn or shaven, let 14 Doth not even nature her be covered.
itself teach you, that if a man * What St. Paul says in the first 16 verses of this chapter amounts to this, that by divine appointment, the man is constituted the head of the woman, or her superior, and as in eastern nations the veil was expressive of the mode esty and subordination of the woman, her throwing it off, and assuming the open, confident appearance of the man, was unbecoming, and in effect, dishonoured the man, her head, or superior; ver. 5. So likewise, the man,
who in the public assemblies ought to appear uncovered and openfaced, by putting on the woman's veil, degraded himself, & thus dishonoured Christ, bis bread, who had constituted him the superior sex; but if any were resolved to be contentious in support of these unbecoming practices, Paul informs them ver. 16, that neither they in Judea, nor the churches of God, have any such custom.
What follows ver. 16, relates to the irregular conduct of the Corinthians at the sacrament. This ordinance had become a scene of riot and disorder ; the provision was carried from home, and the rich collected themselves together around their own food to the exclusion of the poor, and ate and drank to excess ; so that while some were hungry, others were drunken. This conduct Paul censures as criminal, and inconsistent with the solemnities of
the Lord's supper,
Chap. xi. have long hair, it is a shame the Lord that which also I uuto him?
delivered unto you, That the 15 But if a woman have Lord Jesus, the same night in long hair, it is a glory to her; which he was betrayed, took for her hair is given her for a
24 And, when he had given 16 But if any man seem thanks, he brake it, and said, to be contentious, we have Take, eat; this is my body, no such custom, neither the which is broken for you ; this churches of God.
do in remembrance of ine. 17 Now, in this, that I de 25 After the same manner clare unto you, a I praise you
also he took the cup, when he not, that ye come togetlier not had supped, saying, This cup for the better, but for the worse. is the new testament in my
18 For, first of all, when ye blood; this do ye, as oft as ye come together in the church, I drink it, in remembrance of me. hear that there be divisions 26 For as often as ye eat among you; and I partly be. this bread, and drink this cup, lieve it.
ye do shewc the Lord's death 19 For there must be also
till he come. heresies among you, that they 27 Wherefore, whosoever which are approved may be shall eat this bread, and drink made manifest among you.
cup of the Lord, unwor20 When ye come together thily, shall be guilty of the therefore, into one place, this body and blood of the Lord. is not to eat the Lord's supper.b 28 But let a man examine
21 For in eating every one himself, and so let him eat of taketh before other, his own that bread, & drink of that cup. supper; and one is hungry, 29 For he that eateth and and another is drunken. drinketh unworthily, eateth
22 What! have ye not hou and drinketh damnation d to ses to eat and to drink in? or himself, not discerning the despise ye the church of God, Lord's body. and shame them that have not? 30 For this cause many are What shall I say to your shall weak and sickly among you, I praise you in this ? I praise and many sleep.
31 For if we would judge our23 For I have received of selves, we should not
be judged. a In this, that I am about to declare. c Ye do shew, ye openly publish, &c.
d Damnation, judgment or punish6 Your coming together into one ment.' In the next verse Paul says place is it all, that is necessary to
for this cause, i.e. unworthy eating, the right and worthy eating of the they were punished with sickness,
debility and death.
unto go it.
Of spiritual gifts 1. Corinthians. being diverse, &c.
32 But when we are judged, Spirit the word of wisdom; to we are chastened of the Lord, another the word of knowledge that we should not be condemn- by the same Spirit; ed with the world.
9 To another faith by the 33 Wherefore, my brethren, same Spirit; to another the when ye come together, to eat, gifts of healing by the same tarry one for another.
Spirit; 31 And if any man hunger, 10 To another the working let him eat at home; that ye of miracles; to another procome not together unto con- phecy, to another discerning demnation. And the rest will of spirits; to another diverse I set in order when I come. kinds of tongues; to another
the interpretation of tongues. CHAP. XII.
11. But all these worketh 1 Spiritual gifts are diverse, that one and the self-same Spi
7 yet all to profit withal, s rit, dividing to every man sev. and to that end are diversely erally
as he will. bestowed.
12 For as the body is one,& NOW, concerning spiritual hath many members, and all gifts, brethren, I would not the members of that one body, have you ignorant.
being many, are one body; so 2 Ye know that ye were also is Christ. Gentiles, carried away unto 13 For by one Spirit are we these dumb idols, even as ye all baptized into one body, were led.
whether we be Jews or Gen3 Wherefore I give you to tiles, whether we be bond or understand, that no man speak- free; and have been all made ing by the Spirit of God calleth to drink into one Spirit. Jesus accursed; and that no 14 For the body is not one man can say, that Jesus is the member, but many. Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. 15 If the foot shall
Be. 4 Now, there are diversities cause I am not the hand, I am of gifts, bnt the same Spirit. not of the body; is it, there
5 And there are differences fore, not of the body? of administrations, but the 16 And if the ear shall say, same Lord.
Because I am not the eye, I am 6 And there are diversities not of the body; is it, thereof operations, but it is the fore, not of the body? same God which worketh all 1“ If the whole body were in all.
an eye, where were the hear✓ But the manifestation of ing: If the whole were hear, The Spirit is given to every ing, where were the srpelling? man to profit withal.
18 But now hath God set 8 For to one is given by the the members every one of them
charity, in the body as it hath pleased governments, diversities of him.
tongues. 19 And if they were all one 29 Are all apostles ? are all member, where were the body? prophets ? are all teachers ?
20 But now are they many are all workers of miracles ? members, yet but one body. 30 Have all the gifts of
21 And the eye must not healing ? do all speak with say unto the hand, I have no tongues ? do all interpret? need of thee; nor again, the 31 But covet earnestly the head to the feet, I have no need best gifts; and yet shew I un
to you a more excellent way. 22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which
CHAP. XIII. seem to be more feeble, are ne 1 All gifts, how excellent socessary :
ever, are nothing worth with23 And those members of out charity: 4 the praises the body, which we think to be thereof. less honourable, upon these we THOUGH I speak with bestow more abundant honour; the tongues of men and of anand our uncomely parts have gels, and have not charity, I more abundant comeliness. am become as sounding brass,
24 For our comely parts or a tinkling cymbal. have no need; but God hath 2 And though I have the tempered the body together, gift of prophecy, and underhaving given more abundant stand all mysteries, and all honour to that part which knowledge; and though I have lacked :
all faith, so that I could re25 That there should be no move mountains, and have not schism in the body; but that charity,a I am nothing. the members should have the 3 And though I bestow all same care one for another. my goods to feed the poor,
26 And whether one mem and though I give my body to ber suffer, all the members suf- be burned, and have not charfer with it; or one member be ity, it profiteth me nothing. honoured, all the members re 4 Charity suffereth long, joice with it.
27 Now ye are the body of a Charity, in this and the followChrist, and members in par- ing chapter, does not, as some think, ticular.
signify only giving alms to the poor, 28 And God hath set some
or having a favourable opinion of in the church; first, apostles; will, which on all occasions is ready
others; but it signifies love or good secondarily, prophets; thirdly, to express itself in acts of kindness teachers; after that miracles; and compassion. Christian charity is then gifts of healings, helps, fully explained, ver. 47, of this ch,
commended. and is kind; charity envieth FOLLOW after charity,d uot; charity vaunteth not it- and desire spiritual gifts, but self, is not puffed up, rather that ye may prophesy.
5 Doth not behave itself 2 For he that speaketh in unseemly, seeketh not her own, an unknown tongue, speaketh is not easily provoked, think not unto men, but unto God; eth no evil;
for no man understandeth him, 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, howbeit in the spirit he speakbut rejoiceth in the truth; eth mysteries.
✓ Beareth all things, be. 3 But he that prophesieth lieveth all things, hopeth all speaketh unto men to edificathings, endureth all things. tion, and exhortation, and
8 Charity never faileth; comfort. but whether there be prophe . 4 He that speaketh in an cies, they shall fail; whether urknown tongue edifieth him. there be tongues, they shall self; but he that prophesieth cease; whether there be know- edifieth the church. ledge, it shall vanish away. 5 I would that ye all spake
9 For we know in part, and with tongues; but rather that we prophesy in part.
ye prophesied : for greater is 10 But when that which is he ibat prophesieth, than he perfect is come, then that that speaketh with tongues, which is in part shall be done except he interpret, that the away.
church may receive edifying. 11 When I was a child, I 6 Now, brethren, if I come spake as a child, I understood unto you, speaking with as a child, I thought as a child; tongues, what shall I prefit but, when I became a man, 1 you, except I shall speak to put away childish things. you either by revelation, or by
12 For now we see through knowledge, or prophesying, or a glass darkly; but then face by doctrine ? to face; now I know in part; 7 And even things without but then shall I know even as life giving sound, whether pipe also I am known.
or harp, except they give a 13 And now abideth faith, distinction in the sounds, how hope, charity, these three; shall it be known what is pipbut the greatest of these is ed or harped ? charity.
8 For 'if the trumpet give CHAP. XIV.
an uncertain sound, who shall 1 Prophecy is commended, 2, 3, prepare himself to the battle?
4 and preferred before speak 9 So likewise, you, except ing with tongues. 31 women are forbidden to speak a Charity, love or benevolence ; in the church,
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