Thematic Symmetry of 1 Corinthians 11:1-17 - Interactive

Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.
2 Now I praise you because you remember me in everything
and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you.
3 But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.
4 Every man who has something on his head while praying or prophesying disgraces his head.
5 But every woman who has her head uncovered while praying or prophesying disgraces her head,
for she is one and the same as the woman whose head is shaved.
6 For if a woman does not cover her head,
let her also have her hair cut off;
but if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, let her cover her head.
7 For a man ought not to have his head covered, since he is the image and glory of God;
but the woman is the glory of man.
8 For man does not originate from woman,
but woman from man;
9 for indeed man was not created for the womanís sake,
but woman for the manís sake.
10 Therefore the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.
11 However, in the Lord,
neither is woman independent of man
nor is man independent of woman.
12 For as the woman originates from the man,
so also the man has his birth through the woman;
and all things originate from God.
13 Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not even nature itself teach you
that if a man has long hair,
it is a dishonor to him,
15 but if a woman has long hair,
it is a glory to her?
For her hair is given to her for a covering.
16 But if one is inclined to be contentious, we have no other practice, nor have the churches of God.
17 But in giving this instruction, I do not praise you, because you come together not for the better but for the worse.

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