Guest post. #Men’s & Women’s hair length as per the teachings of the Bible.

Posted: October 14, 2012 in Christian
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Corinthians is appropriately called “The Book Of Correction” .
Though the Corinthian Church far surpassed all the others in Spiritual gifts, yet Paul had to bring more correction to them than any other church.

He had to address the problems of arrogance, abuse of the gifts, forgiveness, irreverence in partaking of the ‘bread and wine’, immorality, the authority and position of the man versus that of the woman in the church ; and also the problem of ‘women cutting their hair’ and ‘men with long hair’ .

In other matters he had praised them (verse 2)but in these matters ‘ he praised them not ‘.
The Apostle begins his exhortation by asserting the ‘authority’ of the man over the woman .

In verse three he said: ” But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman [is] the man; and the head of Christ [is] God. ”

The theme of Paul’swords is ” subjection ” – Christ to God; man to Christ; and the woman to the man.

God placed the woman subject to the man – not as a slave or servant but rather a princess or in the case of awife – his Queen.

Understanding this, the woman conducts herself accordingly, without doing anything that would leave an impression of ‘challenging’ authority. Apparently , the women in the Corinthian Church seemed to have been guilty of usurping authority over the man.

Having made the matter of ‘subjection’ clear Paul goes on to discuss the symbols or representations of subjection in the man and in the woman – the main representation being ‘the hair’.

In Verse 4 Paul states: ” Every man praying or prophesying, having [his] head covered, dishonoureth his head. ”

Many Churches teach that the covering of which Paul speaks is a veil, or in modern terms – a hat. But further reading of this portion of Scripture CLEARLY teaches that the ‘covering’ is the ‘hair’ (NOTE Verse 15). Paul is saying that if a man prays with “long”, uncut hair he dishonors his head – Christ.

The man is indicating that he has thrown off the symbol of his authority over the woman and his subjection to Christ.

In verse 5 and 6 the Apostle refers to the woman, saying, ” But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with[her] head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. ”

Remembering that the covering is ‘her hair’, we know that Paul is saying that if a woman prays with her hair cut, she dishonors her head – the man. By ‘cutting’ her hair the woman is indicating that she has thrown off the token of her subjection to the man . Verse 6 states that if a woman cuts her hair, in the eyes of God it is the same as if she had shaved itcompletely off – a symbol of shame .

Sometimes, some women who profess to believe in”long hair” seek to justify”cutting off what is commonly referred to as ” split-ends “. To cut of any measure is to challenge”authority”. It’s like ” slits ” in skirts, you have to start with a small one before moving onto a large one.

In the Garden of Eden, Eve was persuaded to change only “one” Word of God’s original command. Stay with ALL the Word; Keep ALL your hair; allow no slit in your skirt.

Re our subject of “a woman’s hair”, verses 13-15 of 1st. Corinthians prove conclusively that ‘the covering’ spoken of by Paul is ‘the hair’ – not a shawl or a hat!

Read the following verses…..
13. Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered? 14. Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? 15. But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for [her] hair is given her for a covering.

That is absolutely “THUS SAITHTHE LORD!” A woman is required by God to keep her hair long – not necessarily worn ‘down’ over her shoulders; but whether up or down, it must be long as a token of her subjection to the man. The man must keep his short.

In the days of Jesus the Jewish men usually pulled their hair around the front and cut it off. But of course the women never cut their hair.

I leave you with these couple of Scriptures…..

” Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair : and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment .” John 12:3

This woman, Mary, anointed Jesus’ feet with ointment and wipe them with her hair.

That would be quite a feat for most professing Christian women today. Most would have to stand on their head to get enough hair with which they could wipe His feet. Some, even by standing on their heads, still wouldn’t be able to wipe His feet. We live in a very perverted world- a perversion which extends even to what a woman does with her hair and the clothes she wears .

  1. interesting to see this point of view


  2. Bushman says:

    I’m glad someone as important as you Noelle liked it:).
    Some people would start arguing on baseless grounds just because they feel uncomfortable with the truth.


  3. kemmy kem says:

    very nice!!!