1 Corinthians 11: Keep the traditions just as I delivered them to you

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1 Corinthians 11
1
Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
2
Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things and keep the traditions just as I delivered them to you.
3
But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.
4
Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head.
5
But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved.
6
For if a woman is not covered, let her also be shorn. But if it is shameful for a woman to be shorn or shaved, let her be covered.
7
For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man.
8
For man is not from woman, but woman from man.
9
Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man.
10
For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.
11
Nevertheless, neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord.
12
For as woman came from man, even so man also comes through woman; but all things are from God.
13
Judge among 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 anyone seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, nor do the churches of God.
17
Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse.
18
For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it.
19
For there must also be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you.
20
Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord's Supper.
21
For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk.
22
What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you.
23
For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;
24
and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me."
25
In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."
26
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes.
27
Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28
But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
29
For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
30
For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.
31
For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.
32
But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.
33
Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.
34
But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come.

1 Corinthians 11:1-3

2. The head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God

1 Corinthians 11:1-3
1
Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
2
Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things and keep the traditions just as I delivered them to you.
3
But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.

  1. Who are we to imitate?
    • 1 Corinthians 11:1
      Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
  2. What did Paul praise them for?
    • 1 Corinthians 11:2
      Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things and keep the traditions just as I delivered them to you.
  3. What did he want them to know?
    • 1 Corinthians 11:3
      But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.

1 Corinthians 11:4-9

3. For man is not from woman, but woman from man. Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man

1 Corinthians 11:4-9
4
Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head.
5
But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved.
6
For if a woman is not covered, let her also be shorn. But if it is shameful for a woman to be shorn or shaved, let her be covered.
7
For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man.
8
For man is not from woman, but woman from man.
9
Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man.

  1. If a man prays with his head covered, who does he dishonor? Who is his head?
     
    • 1 Corinthians 11:4
      Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head.
  2. If a woman prays with her head uncovered, what is it to her?
    • 1 Corinthians 11:5-6
      5
      But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved.
      6
      For if a woman is not covered, let her also be shorn. But if it is shameful for a woman to be shorn or shaved, let her be covered.
  3. Who is the image and glory of God? Who is the glory of man?
    • 1 Corinthians 11:7
      For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man.
  4. Did man come from woman, or did woman come from man?
    • 1 Corinthians 11:8
      For man is not from woman, but woman from man.
  5. Was man created for the woman, or was the woman created for the man?
    • 1 Corinthians 11:9
      Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man.

1 Corinthians 11:10-16

4. But if anyone seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, nor do the churches of God

1 Corinthians 11:10-16
10
For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.
11
Nevertheless, neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord.
12
For as woman came from man, even so man also comes through woman; but all things are from God.
13
Judge among 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 anyone seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, nor do the churches of God.

  1. What should the woman have?
    • 1 Corinthians 11:10
      For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.
  2. Is man or woman independent of each other?
    • 1 Corinthians 11:11
      Nevertheless, neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord.
  3. Who came from whom, and who came through whom?
    • 1 Corinthians 11:12
      For as woman came from man, even so man also comes through woman; but all things are from God.
  4. How should we judge this?
    • 1 Corinthians 11:13
      Judge among yourselves. Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered?
  5. What does nature teach us?
    • 1 Corinthians 11:14
      Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him?
  6. What is long hair for a woman?
    • 1 Corinthians 11:15
      But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering.
  7. Did Paul accept any other tradition from contentious people?
    • 1 Corinthians 11:16
      But if anyone seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, nor do the churches of God.

1 Corinthians 11:17-22

5. Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse

1 Corinthians 11:17-22
17
Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse.
18
For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it.
19
For there must also be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you.
20
Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord's Supper.
21
For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk.
22
What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you.

  1. How was Paul addressing them about their coming together?
    • 1 Corinthians 11:17
      Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse.
  2. What had he heard about their assemblies (coming together)?
    • 1 Corinthians 11:18
      For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it.
  3. How are those who are approved recognized?
    • 1 Corinthians 11:19
      For there must also be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you.
  4. What were they doing to negate the Lord's Supper?
    • 1 Corinthians 11:20-21
      20
      Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord's Supper.
      21
      For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk.
  5. What did Paul instruct them to do to resolve this?
    • 1 Corinthians 11:22
      What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

6. For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes

1 Corinthians 11:23-26
23
For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;
24
and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me."
25
In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."
26
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes.

  1. What had Paul delivered to them?
    • 1 Corinthians 11:23-24
      23
      For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;
      24
      and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me."
  2. What did Jesus do say about the cup?
    • 1 Corinthians 11:25
      In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."
  3. What do we proclaim when we eat and drink the Lord's Supper?
    • 1 Corinthians 11:26
      For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes.

1 Corinthians 11:27-32

7. Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord

1 Corinthians 11:27-32
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Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28
But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
29
For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
30
For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.
31
For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.
32
But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.

  1. If you eat in an unworthy manner, what are you guilty of?
    • 1 Corinthians 11:27
      Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
  2. What must we do?
    • 1 Corinthians 11:28
      But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
  3. If we don't examine ourselves, what are we drinking?
    • 1 Corinthians 11:29
      For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
  4. What results from this?
    • 1 Corinthians 11:30
      For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.
  5. How can we avoid judgment?
    • 1 Corinthians 11:31
      For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.
  6. Why does the Lord chasten us?
    • 1 Corinthians 11:32
      But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.

1 Corinthians 11:33-34

8. But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment

1 Corinthians 11:33-34
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Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.
34
But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come.

  1. When we come together, what are we to do?
    • 1 Corinthians 11:33
      Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.
  2. If anyone is hungry, what should they do?
    • 1 Corinthians 11:34
      But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come.