The Covering Of I Cor 11:5 Is Used For An Occasion

I Corinthians 11:5 certainly teaches a woman should be covered when she prays, the only question is – is the verse talking about an artificial cloth type covering, or is it just speaking of the natural long hair that is required by I Cor 11:5? I suggest we know the covering of I Cor 11:5 is artificial, because it is to cover for an occasion, that occasion being, when a woman prays or prophesies.

Notice an everyday illustration: Suppose a Father said to his daughter, “be sure and have your head covered when you go outside.” Would the Father be commanding his daughter to keep her long hair, or would he be commanding her to put on an artificial covering?

Next let me give a Bible parallel from Esther 6:12 which reads “And Mordecai came again to the king’s gate. But Haman hasted to his house mourning, and having his head covered.” Haman of course covered his head as part of his mourning. We know it was an artificial covering, because it covered for an occasion (his time of mourning). Don’t we?

For the exact same reason, we know the covering of I Cor 11:5 is artificial – because it is to cover for an occasion, that is, when a woman prays or prophesies. Since the long hair does not cover just for an occasion (it is not put-on-able and take-off-able for a prayer), it cannot be the covering of I Cor 11:5, so the chapter must require two different coverings.

We should comply with the teaching of I Cor 11:2-16 just like we would any other passage.

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