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   The Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
The First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians
[1]    BE ye imitators of me, even as I also am of Christ.
[2]    Now I praise you that ye remember me in all things, and hold fast the traditions, even as I delivered them to you.
[3]  But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
[4]  Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoreth his head.
[5]  But every woman praying or prophesying with her head unveiled dishonoreth her head; for it is one and the same thing as if she were shaven.
[6]  For if a woman is not veiled, let her also be shorn: but if it is a shame to a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be veiled.
[7]  For a man indeed ought not to have his head veiled, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.
[8]  For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man:
[9]  for neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man:
[10]  for this cause ought the woman to have a sign of authority on her head, because of the angels.
[11]  Nevertheless, neither is the woman without the man, nor the man without the woman, in the Lord.
[12]  For as the woman is of the man, so is the man also by the woman; but all things are of God.
[13]  Judge ye in 1 yourselves: is it seemly that a woman pray unto God unveiled?
[14]  Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a dishonor to him?
[15]  But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.
[16]  But if any man seemeth to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.
[17]    But in giving you this charge, I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better but for the worse.
[18]  For first of all, when ye come together in 2 the church, I hear that divisions 3 exist among you; and I partly believe it.
[19]  For there must be also factions 4 among you, that they that are approved may be made manifest among you.
[20]  When therefore ye assemble yourselves together, it is not possible to eat the Lord’s supper:
[21]  for in your eating each one taketh before other his own supper; and one is hungry, and another is drunken.
[22]  What, have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church 5 of God, and put them to shame that have 6 not? What shall I say to you? shall 7 I praise you? In this I praise you not.
[23]  For I received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which he was betrayed 8 took bread;
[24]  and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, This is my body, which is 9 for you: this do in remembrance of me.
[25]  In like manner also the cup, after supper, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood: this do, as often as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
[26]  For as ofter as ye eat this bread, and drink the cup, ye proclaim the Lord’s death till he come.
[27]  Wherefore whosoever shall eat the bread or drink the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord.
[28]  But let a man prove himself, and so let him eat of the bread, and drink of the cup.
[29]  For he that eateth and drinketh, eateth and drinketh judgment unto himself, if he discern 10 not the body.
[30]  For this cause many among you are weak and sickly, and not a few sleep.
[31]  But if we discerned 11 ourselves, we should not be judged.
[32]  But when 12 we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.
[33]  Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, wait one for another.
[34]  If any man is hungry, let him eat at home; that your coming together be not unto judgment. And the rest will I set in order whensoever I come.
Note 1. Or, among. [back]
Note 2. Or, in congregation. [back]
Note 3. Gr. schisms. [back]
Note 4. Gr. heresies. [back]
Note 5. Or, congregation. [back]
Note 6. Or, have nothing. [back]
Note 7. Or, shall I praise you in this? I praise you not. [back]
Note 8. Or, delivered up. [back]
Note 9. Many ancient authorities read is broken for you. [back]
Note 10. Gr. discriminate. [back]
Note 11. Gr. discriminated. [back]
Note 12. Or, when we are judged of the Lord, we are chastened. [back]


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