Should a woman cover
her head when praying?
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Question: Should a woman wear a covering on her head in church, especially when they are praying to God?
Answer: The Bible verses that correspond to your questions about in the Book of 1Corinthians, which was written by the apostle Paul.
4. Every man who has a covering on his head when he is praying or prophesying puts his Head to shame. 5. But every woman who has her head uncovered when she is praying or prophesying puts her head to shame, for it is the same as being shaved.
13. You judge for yourselves. Is it becoming for a woman to pray to God uncovered? (1Corinthians 11:4 - 5, 13)
There is one VERY important fact overlooked (but implied) concerning Paul's statements regarding a "woman" in the above verses (which also apply to 1Timothy 2:11 - 12). This misunderstanding is likely the reason why some religious groups make young, even pre-teen, girls wear a "covering" or bonnet either during church services or all the time. The Greek word translated as "woman" in 1Corinthians 11 verses 5 through 13, and verse 15, is gune (Strong's Concordance #G1135). This word refers to a female WHO IS A WIFE. It does NOT refer to ALL women, everywhere, regardless of age or marital status! Strictly speaking, these verses concern married couples and not unmarried females!
Many people think that Paul is teaching that women MUST cover their head at all times (or at least at church) with a veil, hat or other type of covering. Some churches and fellowships also take these verses literally and enforce policies to insure their females wear a covering. These verses in 1Corinthians 11, however, are speaking more of SPIRITUAL things rather than the physical. These verses mean FAR MORE than merely putting a veil or hat on one's head.