A Woman Must Have Long Hair

I Corinthians 11:15 reads “But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.” It seems almost all women today neglect this teaching. They either have short or medium length hair, but very few have truly long hair. Some have said this passage only requires a woman to have hair long enough to distinguish her from a man. But that is not what “long” means. Notice the following definitions for this Greek word translated “long hair” (Strong’s #2863):

· Thayer – to let the hair grow, have long hair

· Wigram-Green – to wear long hair

What if I were to say the definition of “red” is “different than blue”? While it is true red is different than blue, that is not its complete meaning. For something to be called “red,” it must actually be red, not just any color different than blue. Likewise, for a woman’s hair to be “long,” it must actually be long, not just a length different than a man’s hair length. Short is not long; even medium is not long; only long is long. One last thought: Since God said a woman’s hair ought to be long because it is a glory to her, wouldn’t a woman’s love for God suggest she would want to display as much “God desired glory” as possible?


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