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Must Women Cover Themselves

Why do some Christians think that women should cover their heads with cloths either most of the time, or during prayer? How do we know that the verses they are using for this practice mean cloth for covering, instead of hair?

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Firstly, man and woman in 1 Cor 11 is probably better translated as husband and wife.

Secondly, God covers Jesus, Jesus covers the husband, the husband covers the wife. If there is proper servitude, everything works well, and it sounds like good insurance to me.

If a woman is not married, cover yourself properly with Jesus.
---aka_joseph on 5/1/10


Christian women wore headcoverings not too long ago, and many denominations still do, so saying a headcovering is an ancient culture is not correct. But even so, there is nothing in the bible that states that we are not to follow ancient cultures, but that we are to follow God's plan.When you start putting the idea of culture, it is a slippery slope that can be used to do away with any of God's commandments. Christians are to be followers of God, regardless of the culture they are in.
---Jill on 5/1/10


Ancient cultures had their own ideas/ways of proper dressing/fashion for temple worship (short/long hair, beards, robes, etc.). Paul never told anyone to violate these codes of propriety/tradition (but often addressed these matters in his letters).

WE do not belong to "ancient cultures". We should make sure to COMPLETELY distinguish ourselves from these ancient cultures that refused to completely shed/discard their old worship traditions...we are OF CHRIST, not OF ANCIENT CULTURES.

James 2:12
"So speak and so act...the LAW OF LIBERTY".

...the "DEPTHS of God" (1 Corinthians 2:10).
---more_excellent_way on 9/13/09


Where are all the scriptures that make this mandatory for women?. I can think of only one in the New Testament that mentions this specifically.
---Donna66 on 9/12/09


I am a full time veiling woman. I have found that I am walking in this wonderful unbelievable victory in so many ways, I don't have space here to list them. Just try it for one day and see what a difference a veil can make to your life. Pray about this scripture, I was at my wits end with everything, then God gave me this teaching. You can't take this covering off my head. Demons hate it. I am walking in such victory now, my health, my teenage children, my husband, our home...what a blessing. Please just try it once and see.
---Juliet on 9/12/09




I never saw what the problem was with head coverings for women I have over the years through the debates recognise that for a woman to be in obedience to her husband and God she should be covered in prayer times only.

However The people that suggest that women not be covered whilst in prayer will also agree that one can divorce remarry regardless, have to pray in tongues, speak in tongues, suggest on don't need to marry, one can marry a non believer,can wear tattoo's ,piercings, men can have long hair...................
---Carla3939 on 7/11/09


In the Strongs Vines Expository dictionary it means to cover with a veil, a piece of cloth, other then your hiar. Yes some women do this today done by a charity veil,snoods,or bandanas. I headcover with snoods or scarf's because God commanded me to.I also wear dresses or skirts as well most of the time.
---candice on 7/9/09


Hi, thank you obewan, I wasn't sure just how they felt, you have offered a good perspective that I didn't have--thanks. :)
---Mary on 6/27/09


I have never heard of Christians having women cover their heads for prayer. I do know that the O.T. priests, Jesus, and the early church followers all used Talits (prayer shaws) to cover their heads while in prayer - both men and women. Some Christians do so today. This represents keeping Satan from entering into your thoughts while in prayer, so to focus on God only. It also represents the covering of God on our lives. This all comes from Hebreic (Jewish) history.
---Leslie on 6/27/09


Hi, I personally feel sorry for girls that I see growing up wearing head scarves--don't they suffer from extremely low self-esteem? Maybe I'm wrong on that--feel free to tell me if they don't but that's just my opinion, thanks and God bless y'all :)
---Mary on 6/26/09
That might be the case with some Muslim women who have to be covered anytime anywhere in public. However, the Plymouth Brethern women I knew had good self-esteem. They were also humble before an almighty God and were some of the most spititual women I have ever met. I don't think submission to Christ and low self-esteem go together at all. The women at our PB fellowship only covered during the worship service or communion.
---obewan on 6/26/09




Hi, I personally feel sorry for girls that I see growing up wearing head scarves--don't they suffer from extremely low self-esteem? Maybe I'm wrong on that--feel free to tell me if they don't but that's just my opinion, thanks and God bless y'all :)
---Mary on 6/26/09


If women cover their heads they are being obedient to God and their husbands, If they do not they are being obedient to God and their husbands. You either way you are to cover or not cover which is the truth. The bible states to cover!
---Carla3939 on 6/24/09


Some churches in which women cover their heads in church also speak of women needing a "covering" (i.e. the authority of a man) in everyday life.
As a single woman depending on God, I rejected this teaching. Was this a teaching of the "shepherding" movement only? Is it taught still today?
---Donna66 on 6/11/09
It is still taught today. I was in a Plymouth Bretheren - (Mennonite) church for 13 years. It was voluntary, but some of the women wore head coverings. For some it was a little round doilie, for others it was a long flowing full scarf. It was supported with scripture and related to submission.
---obewan on 6/22/09


Everything today is just too much, or not required, we're not to dress up, were not to cover, we can wear tattoo's, piercings, we're not to marry, we can re-marry, we're not to pay tithes, we're not to regard one another higher than ourselves.................! what else is there left to do or not to?
---Carla3939 on 6/20/09


Some churches in which women cover their heads in church also speak of women needing a "covering" (i.e. the authority of a man) in everyday life.
As a single woman depending on God, I rejected this teaching. Was this a teaching of the "shepherding" movement only? Is it taught still today?
---Donna66 on 6/11/09


The only Christian women I have ever seen use a head covering are pentecostals, but even then rarely.
---Jim on 6/10/09


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Of course women don't need to cover themselves anymore than an man does.
---Fran on 6/10/09


When we follow procedures (comply with "protocol"), we glorify ourselves because we perform the proper gestures that will provide us with a higher STATUS (PRIDE).

Just because Jesus WAS glorified, that does not mean that it's now our turn to be glorified.

Paul and the apostles spoke to ANCIENT CULTURES who were making the transition from the old worship to the new and only understood ancient lifestyles/ways (goat herders, cattle, etc.) and had ancient "chauvinist" attitudes/traditions about women, etc., but gestures and procedures cannot make a MODERN DAY CHRISTIAN behave in a Godly manner ("fruit of light", Ephesians 5:8).
---more_excellent_way on 6/9/09


Thank you all for your responses.
---Amanda on 6/9/09


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"Coverings" were only for ancient cultures (Israelites, Hebrews/Jews, Greeks, etc.), NOT CHRISTIANS of modern times (after JESUS came and was GLORIFIED).\\

more excellent way, are you saying that St. Paul wrote his words about women covering their heads BEFORE Jesus came and was glorified?
---Cluny on 6/8/09


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Ancient primitive cultures used to wear head coverings (similarly, Adam and Eve wore something to "cover up" their carnality), but we are not a primitive culture (neither should we have anything to "cover up").

We (modern day Christians) should be "good and right and true" (Ephesians 5:8 and 9) and be of pure/contrite heart.

"Coverings" were only for ancient cultures (Israelites, Hebrews/Jews, Greeks, etc.), NOT CHRISTIANS of modern times (after JESUS came and was GLORIFIED).

John 7:39
"for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified".
---more_excellent_way on 6/8/09


THe verse is located in 1 Corinthians 11.
Paul says each church hould judge for itself whether a woman should pray and such with her covered.
For a better reference see verses 13 through 16.
Some miss this particular part of this and say that women have to but it isn't an actual command from God.
---miche3754 on 6/8/09


The word rendered "covering" in most English Bibles means "veil" in Greek.

Now, if you mean that "veil" means the same thing as "hair," go to it!
---Cluny on 6/8/09


I had a pastor once preach out of one of the epistles to the Corinthians, can't remember which one. There is a verse in one of them where it says women should cover their heads while praying, so as not to confuse the angels.

After that sermon, almost all of the women began wearing headcoverings. We had hats of all types, plus prayer caps that some women made. It was an interesting time. And, we were a Baptist church.
---Trish9863 on 6/7/09


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I've never met a Christian woman who thinks she needs to have her hair covered for any reason. Some women do wear hats to church, but that is a tradition. What denomination teaches this?
---SusieB on 6/7/09


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