1 You must follow my example, just as I myself am following Christ's.
2 I prize and praise you for always remembering me and for firmly standing by the teachings as I passed them on to you. 3 But I want you to realize the fact that Christ is the Head of every man, that the husband is the head of the wife, and that God is the Head of Christ. 4 Any man who prays or preaches with anything on his head dishonors his head, 5 and any woman who prays or prophesies bareheaded dishonors her head, for it is one and the same thing with having her head shaved. 6 For if a woman will not wear a veil, let her have her hair cut off too. Now if it is a dishonor for a woman to have her hair cut off, or her head shaved, let her wear a veil.
7 For a man ought not to wear anything on his head, because he is the image and reflected glory of God, but woman is man's reflected glory. 8 For man did not originate from woman, but woman did from man, 9 and man was not created for woman's sake, but woman was for man's sake. 10 This is why woman ought to wear upon her head a symbol of man's authority, especially out of respect to the angels. 11 But from the Lord's point of view woman is not independent of man nor man of woman. 12 For just as woman originated from man, so man is born of woman, and both, with everything else, originated from God.
13 You must judge for yourselves in this matter. Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with nothing on her head? 14 Does not nature itself teach you that it is degrading for a man to wear long hair, 15 but that it is a woman's glory to do so? For her hair is given her for a covering. 16 But if anyone is inclined to be contentious about it, I for my part prescribe no other practice than this, and neither do the churches of God.
17 But as I am giving you these instructions I cannot approve of your meetings, because they do not turn out for the better but for the worse. 18 For, in the first place, when you meet as a congregation, I hear that there are cliques among you, and I partly believe it. 19 Yes, indeed, there must be parties among you, in order that people of approved fitness may come to the front among you. 20 So when you hold your meetings, it is not to eat the Lord's Supper, 21 for each of you is in a rush to eat his own supper, and one goes hungry while another gets drunk. 22 It is not that you have no houses to eat and drink in, is it? Or, are you trying to show your contempt for the church of God and trying to humiliate those who have no houses? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? No, I cannot praise you for this.
23 For the account that I passed on to you I myself received from the Lord Himself, that the Lord Jesus on the night He was betrayed took a loaf of bread 24 and gave thanks for it and broke it and said, "This is my body which is given for you. Do this in memory of me."
25 In the same way, after supper, He took the cup of wine, saying, "This cup is the new covenant ratified by my blood. Whenever you drink it, do so in memory of me." 26 For every time you eat this bread and drink from this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes again.
27 So whoever eats the bread and drinks from the Lord's cup in an unworthy way is guilty of sinning against the Lord's body and blood. 28 A man, then, must examine himself, and only in this way should he eat any of the bread and drink from the cup. 29 For whoever eats and drinks without recognizing His body, eats and drinks a judgment on himself. 30 This is why many of you are sick and feeble, and a considerable number are falling asleep. 31 But if we properly saw ourselves, we would not bring down upon us this judgment. 32 But since we do bring down upon us this judgment, we are being disciplined by the Lord, so that finally we may not be condemned along with the world.
33 So, my brothers, when you meet to eat, wait for one another. 34 If anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, so that your meetings may not bring on you judgment. I will settle in detail the matters that remain, when I come.