To cover or not to cover? Head covering: Is it for women in this day and age?

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To cover or not to cover…that is the question. Is it commanded by Scripture for women to wear head coverings?

I personally Headcovering. Is it commanded?believe that I should do so and it has since made a difference in my life. It is a blessing to me. I experience it to be proper respect to YHVH when I pray to Him, when I teach my children about Him and when I talk about Him – the Creator and King of the universe. YHVH deserves our respect and fear even in something that might seem so trivial or unimportant.

I have studied Scripture and have read many different articles on the subject. You can certainly reason for – or against it by interpreting Scripture in different ways. I am going to attempt to show it to you from my point of view. You may agree or disagree with me, it doesn’t matter. I am writing this because I would like others to enjoy the blessing I enjoy in being obedient to this Biblical instruction.

Can we say that wearing a head covering is Biblical instruction? If we believe that all Scripture is given to us for our instruction in righteousness, then yes, it is.

2 Timothy 3:16–17 (NASB95)
16 All Scripture is inspired by Elohim and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of Elohim may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

Let’s now have a look at the specific part in Scripture that covers the topic of head covering.

1 Corinthians 11:1–15 (NASB95)
1 Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Messiah. 2 Now I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you. 3 But I want you to understand that the Messiah is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and YHVH is the head of  Messiah. 4 Every man who has something on his head while praying or prophesying disgraces his head. 5 But every woman who has her head uncovered while praying or prophesying disgraces her head, for she is one and the same as the woman whose head is shaved. 6 For if a woman does not cover her head, let her also have her hair cut off; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, let her cover her head. 7 For a man ought not to have his head covered, since he is the image and glory of YHVH; but the woman is the glory of man. 8 For man does not originate from woman, but woman from man; 9 for indeed man was not created for the woman’s sake, but woman for the man’s sake. 10 Therefore the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.11 However, in YHVH, neither is woman independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. 12 For as the woman originates from the man, so also the man has his birth through the woman; and all things originate from YHVH. 13 Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a woman to pray to YHVH 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.

Are these Paul’s instructions or YHVH’s?

1 Corinthians 14:37–38 (NASB95)
37 If anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual, let him recognize that the things which I write to you are the Master’s commandment. 38 But if anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized.

We can also see that he is not speaking to the Corinthians only because of him saying “every man and every woman” in 1 Cor 11:3-5.

A physical covering

When Paul uses the word `covering` (Strongs nr 2619 and 177) he means a physical covering. The Greek word κατακαλύπτω katakaloopto means cover in a physical way and akatakalooptos means uncover in a physical way.

2619 κατακαλύπτω [katakalupto /kat·ak·al·oop·to/] Three occurrences; AV translates as “cover” three times. 1 to cover up. 2 to veil or cover one’s self.Strong, J. (1996).

177 ἀκατακάλυπτος [akatakaluptos /ak·at·ak·al·oop·tos/] adj. From 1 (as a negative particle) and 2619 a derivative of a compound of 2596 and 2572; GK 184; Two occurrences; AV translates as “uncovered” twice. 1 not covered, unveiled. Strong, J. (1996).

κατακαλύπτω Gn 38,15; Ex 26,34; 29,22; Lv 3,3.14
A to cover with [τί τινι] Ex 26,34; to cover [τι] (of a cloud) Ez 38,9; to cover, to flood [τι] (of pers.) Nm 22,5; id. [τινα] (of water) Hab 2,14; id. [τινα] (of dust) Ez 26,10; to cover [τι] (metaph.) Jer 28 (51),51M to disguise 2 Chr 18,29

ἡ κατακεκαλυμμένη she who is covered, she who wears a veil SusTh32; τὸ στέαρ τὸ κατακαλύπτον τὴν κοιλίαν the fat that covers the belly Ex 29,22; κατεκαλύψατο τὸ πρόσωπον αὐτῆς she had covered her face, she was wearing a veil Gn 38,15; κατακεκαλυμμένα τὰ προστάγματα the words are to remain hidden DnLXX12,9.
Lust, J., Eynikel, E., & Hauspie, K. (2003). A Greek-English Lexicon of the Septuagint

In 1 Cor 11:15 Paul uses a different word: περιβόλαιον peribolaion. This can be translated as covering but more in the sense of a garment.

4018 περιβόλαιον [peribolaion /per·ib·ol·ah·yon/] n n. From a presumed derivative of 4016; GK 4316; Two occurrences; AV translates as “covering” once, and “vesture” once. 1 a covering thrown around, a wrapper. 1A a mantle. 1B a veil. Strong, J. (1996).

Let us try and understand this:

Firstly Paul used a different word, thereby implying a different meaning. If you look at the Hebrew word that could have been used if this was written in Hebrew (according to the Septuagint) it suggests a garment.

Secondly if Paul was saying that long hair was meant instead of a covering; how can we explain the act of covering and uncovering in 1 Cor 11:5-6. How can a woman then pray or prophesy uncovered? It would imply that she either has no hair or short hair. In this view only long hair would be permitted. We know it is not so. Long hair was given as a woman’s glory because it gave visible expression to the differentiation of the sexes. This was Paul’s point in noting that long hair was given to her as a covering.i This does in my opinion not take away from what he said before about praying and prophesying with a head covering.

A physical sign of YHVH’s authority structure

1 Cor 11:3-5 also makes it clear as to why it is expected of us as women to wear a head covering. Head covering is a sign of YHVH’s authority structure. In YHVH’s Kingdom there is only one authority structure and it is called theocracy. Unlike democracy we do not get to say how things should be done; we do not have a vote. YHVH has a very specific way He expects us to do things. It does not always make sense to us as to why or how, but it is not for us to reason the why or how, we as His servants are to do things His way.

This is YHVH’s structure of authority or theocracy:

YHVH is the head (authority over) Y’shua and Y’shua over man and man over woman.

YHVH’s glory is made manifest in and through Y’shua Who was made flesh and dwelled among us. Y’shua in His physical form was under YHVH’s authority.

John 5:19 (NASB95)
19 Therefore Y’shua answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.

It is also said that man is the glory of YHVH, woman the glory of man and that a woman’s glory is her hair.

In the covering of the head of the woman when praying and prophesying both the glory of man and her own glory -her hair- is covered, thus only YHVH’s glory can be seen.

He chose the woman to wear a sign of this authority on her head. A head covering is also a sign to the angels. This “sign to the angels” part is difficult to understand. Could it be as a means to remind the angels that we as mere mortals choose to obey YHVH and submit ourselves by choice under His authority? Some angels like haSatan wanted that authority for himself. He didn’t want to submit to YHVH’s authority . We can also think of what happened in Genesis 6:2-4.

YHVH chose the women to wear the sign of authority on her head as a constant reminder to her that she is to submit to YHVH’s authority and to her husbands authority. A part of the punishment given to the woman in the garden after the fall was that her desire would be for her husband and he would rule over her.

Genesis 3:16 (NASB95)
16 To the woman He said, “I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth, In pain you will bring forth children; Yet your desire will be for your husband, And he will rule over you.”

This doesn’t mean that women are inferior to men, but it does mean that the role of a woman from a Biblical perspective is different from the way things operate in the world.

Ephesians 5:22–24 (NASB95)
22 Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to YHVH. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as the Messiah also is the head of the assembly, He Himself being the Savior of the body. 24 But as the assembly is subject to the Messiah, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.

Ephesians 5:33 (NASB95)
33 Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.

The woman is to respect her husband ….

A head covering reminds a woman of her place in YHVH’s theocracy and her role toward her husband.

Titus 2:5 (NASB95)
5 to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of YHVH will not be dishonored.

Let us look at the word ὑποτάσσω (hupotasso)

5293 ὑποτάσσω [hupotasso /hoop·ot·as·so/] AV translates as “put under” six times, “be subject unto” six times, “be subject to” five times, “submit (one’s) self unto” five times, “submit (one’s) self to” three times, “be in subjection unto” twice, “put in subjection under” once, and translated miscellaneously 12 times. 1 to arrange under, to subordinate. 2 to subject, put in subjection. 3 to subject one’s self, obey. 4 to submit to one’s control. 5to yield to one’s admonition or advice. 6 to obey, be subject. Additional Information: A Greek military term meaning “to arrange [troop divisions] in a miliary fashion under the command of a leader”. In non-military use, it was “a voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating, assuming responsibility, and carrying a burden”. Strong, J. (1996).

The possible meanings of this word describes this attitude of submission really well: to arrange under, to subordinate, to yield to one’s admonition or advice and a voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating assuming responsibility and carrying a burden.

Read it again and you will begin to understand YHVH’s heart in giving this instruction. All of the above will contribute to peace if not create peace at home. He thought it well fitting to help the wife remember how He wants her to conduct herself with regards to her husband and marriage. I have read an article by Myron Horst who grew up in a Mennonite church. He writes on the correlation between women wearing a head covering as is instructed in 1 Corinthians 11 and the divorce rate.

As the years have passed, many Mennonite churches dropped the head covering. I have observed that among those churches that viewed the head covering as no longer necessary or important and discontinued wearing the head covering, the divorce rate among church members has significantly increased. At the same time the Mennonite churches that continued to require the wearing of the head covering continued to have a very, very low divorce rate. The Amish, whose ladies also wear a head covering, have almost a zero divorce rate.” This is very interesting……

Quoting this, we do not support the doctrine of the Mennonite church or any other statements made by this author.

The head covering, a reminder to the husband

The head covering is also to remind the husband of his place in YHVH’s theocracy. You may ask – How so?

If you are submissive to your husband and wears the sign of YHVH’s authority on your head, surely it would be a reminder to your husband if he is disobedient to go back to YHVH’s way..

1 Peter 3:1–2 (NASB95)
1 In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, 2 as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior.

Head covering is a reminder to us of YHVH’s authority over us just like wearing tzit-tzit is a reminder to us that we are to keep His commandments. (Num 15:39-40).

Well if you look at what Scripture says and what a head covering symbolizes; could you still say it is just a cultural thing for a people in that time and it only applies to them?

We are set apart people to YHVH, should we follow the world and it’s culture or should we follow YHVH and His commandments?

Psalm 119:172 (NASB95)
172 Let my tongue sing of Your word, For all Your commandments are righteousness.

References

i Walvoord, John F., Roy B. Zuck, and Dallas Theological Seminary. The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1983-.

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Comments (19)

  • Elisheva

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    I see head covering as Biblical instruction in the light of fearing/revering Yahovah and His authority. I don’t believe that Paul added to the Torah because the authority structure of Yahovah was in place from the beginning and was first mentioned in Gen 3:16 when it was said to Eve that “her husband will rule over her”. The head covering seems to be something that was always done in Biblical times (see Gen 24:65, Song of Songs 4:1, Is 47:1-3)- Paul corrected these woman for wanting to throw head covering out in order to be like the men or to be like the unbelieving Greek women. Something always done need not be commanded or discussed. Just my thoughts.. It is up to all of us to decide. I, out of fear of being disobedient to Yahovah will wear a head covering. We all can choose for ourselves.

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  • anneelliott

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    Very well researched and written! Thank you! Now I have a question for you, and I really seek a sincere and biblical answer. I’ve searched and searched for Scripture (not just tradition or custom) on whether the veil should be warn all the time, or just when “praying or prophesying” (I assume when assembling with other believers). Most say all the time, because we are to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17), but my question is, if we are to cover always because we are to pray always, then are men wrong to ever, ever wear a hat, since they are also to pray without ceasing? What about when working, or in the cold? It’s a serious question, something I just can’t seem to figure out, so I go between wearing a covering all the time to wearing it only when assembling with other believers. (I hope I’m spelling “assembling” right… LOL!)

    Thanks again… and I’m off to read more on your great blog… Very fun!

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    • Denise

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      This is the same thing that I have discussed with others. Most men don’t apply this ” praying always” part on themselves just their wives who they expect to be covered all the time. I have seen serious healthy problems as well as thinning and baldness from wearing a heascovering at all times beside bathing. There is also the silence of the subject in the Bible, basically only this one place is not enough to give two witnesses or to show how serious the Creator thinks. As a matter of fact Paul says that he has no command on it, and also that the hair was given for a covering. Basically his letter to the Corinthian church was not a sermon on doctrine but dealing with individual problems and contentions. Then in 1 Cor. 11 vs.16 he says he has no such custom, neither the churches of God. He could have made a strong case on this subject here but he doesn’t. When you study into what the customs and culture were back then you get a better idea of what the problem was. But even if this is a serious issue the long hair is said to be the covering, so how can the hair be a covering if it is put up? Is the long hair a problem, and should be shorn vs.6 ?

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      • Schalk & Elsa

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        Shalom Denise,

        Thank you for your comment. Just one question to you, if the hair was given as a covering and men are not allowed to cover, does this now mean that they dishonour Messiah if they have hair? I believe not.

        We do not share the same understanding regarding head covering and that is ok. This is not a salvation issue, and I believe Y’shua will set us straight if we are wrong on this, when He comes.

        Shalom,

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  • Elisheva

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    Shalom Anne, Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate comments
    and questions because that is how I am promted to search more and
    learn more or correct my understanding when I am wrong.

    I do want to structure my thoughts on this a bit, so give me some time and I will get back to you.

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  • truthseeker777

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    Nu 5:18 And the priest shall set the woman before the LORD, and unbind the hair of the woman’s head, and place in her hands the cereal offering of remembrance, which is the cereal offering of jealousy. And in his hand the priest shall have the water of bitterness that brings the curse. (RSV)

    Nu 5:18 And the priest shall set the woman before Jehovah, and let the hair of the woman’s head go loose, and put the meal-offering of memorial in her hands, which is the meal-offering of jealousy: and the priest shall have in his hand the water of bitterness that causeth the curse. (ASV)

    Nu 5:18 and the priest hath caused the woman to stand before Jehovah, and hath uncovered the woman’s head, and hath given into her hands the present of the memorial, it is a present of jealousy, and in the hand of the priest are the bitter waters which cause the curse. (YLT)

    Para— a primitive root; to loosen; by implication, to expose, dismiss; figuratively, absolve, begin:–avenge, avoid, bare, go back, let, (make) naked, set at nought, perish, refuse, uncover.

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    1Co 11:1 ¶ Followers of me become ye, as I also am of Christ. 2 And I praise you, brethren, that in all things ye remember me, and according as I did deliver to you, the deliverances ye keep, 3 and I wish you to know that of every man the head is the Christ, and the head of a woman is the husband, and the head of Christ is God. 4 Every man praying or prophesying, having the head covered, doth dishonour his head, 5 and every woman praying or prophesying with the head uncovered, doth dishonour her own head, for it is one and the same thing with her being shaven, 6 for if a woman is not covered–then let her be shorn, and if it is a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven–let her be covered; 7 for a man, indeed, ought not to cover the head, being the image and glory of God, and a woman is the glory of a man, 8 for a man is not of a woman, but a woman is of a man, 9 for a man also was not created because of the woman, but a woman because of the man; 10 because of this the woman ought to have a token of authority upon the head, because of the messengers; 11 but neither is a man apart from a woman, nor a woman apart from a man, in the Lord, 12 for as the woman is of the man, so also the man is through the woman, and the all things are of God. 13 In your own selves judge ye; is it seemly for a woman uncovered to pray to God? 14 doth not even nature itself teach you, that if a man indeed have long hair, a dishonour it is to him? 15 and a woman, if she have long hair, a glory it is to her, because the hair instead of a covering hath been given to her; (YLT)

    1Co 11:1 ¶ Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. 2 I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I have delivered them to you. 3 But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a woman is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. 4 Any man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head, 5 but any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled dishonors her head–it is the same as if her head were shaven. 6 For if a woman will not veil herself, then she should cut off her hair; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her wear a veil. 7 For a man 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 was not made from woman, but woman from man. 9 Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.) 10 That is why a woman ought to have a veil on her head, because of the angels. 11 (Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; 12 for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God.) 13 Judge for yourselves; is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not nature itself teach you that for a man to wear long hair is degrading to him, 15 but if a woman has long hair, it is her pride? For her hair is given to her for a covering. (RSV)

    1Co 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. (NKJV)

    1Co 11:1 Be ye imitators of me, even as I also am of Christ. 2 Now I praise you that ye remember me in all things, and hold fast the traditions, even as I delivered them to you. 3 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. 4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoreth his head. 5 But every woman praying or prophesying with her head unveiled dishonoreth her head; for it is one and the same thing as if she were shaven. 6 For if a woman is not veiled, let her also be shorn: but if it is a shame to a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be veiled. 7 For a man indeed ought not to have his head veiled, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. 8 For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man: 9 for neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man: 10 for this cause ought the woman to have a sign of authority on her head, because of the angels. 11 Nevertheless, neither is the woman without the man, nor the man without the woman, in the Lord. 12 For as the woman is of the man, so is the man also by the woman; but all things are of God. 13 Judge ye in yourselves: is it seemly that a woman pray unto God unveiled? 14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a dishonor to him? 15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering. (ASV)

    Peribolaion— something thrown around one, i.e. a mantle, veil:–covering, vesture.

    Katakalupto— to cover wholly, i.e. veil:–cover, hide.

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    ‘This does in my opinion not take away from what he said before about praying and prophesying with a head covering.’

    If we do take the part about praying and prophesying out singly (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.) it can sort of sound like there is something other than hair that’s supposed to cover the head of a married woman but the context as a whole doesn’t appear to indicate that.

    Also, interestingly, if we look at 1Co 11:5 in Greek besides the word that was translated to “uncovered” when he continues with what was translated, “for that is,” the Greek says, “gar esti” meaning “verily that meanest” as he was explaining what it meant to be uncovered—shaven.

    1Co 11:5 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.
    The divorce rate increasing is interesting. Do you know if they instituted any other new rules or rid of any other rules?

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    Shabbat Shalom!

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  • truthseeker777

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    Some of the Greek went away that was enclosed with . At the end, the Greek was supposed to be included:

    1Co 11:5 But (de) every (pas) woman (gune) that prayeth (proseuchomai) or (e) prophesieth (propheteuo) with her head (kephale) uncovered (akatakaluptos) dishonoureth (kataischuno) her (heautou) head: (kephale) for (gar) that is (esti) even (kai) all one (heis) as if (autos) she were shaven. (xurao)

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  • Elisheva

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    Shalom,

    Your comment was: What was meant to be deduced was that the head covering is our hair, and we’re not supposed to be shaven.

    Thank you for clarifying.

    We have posted an article by Daniel Botkin that explains this very well. I don’t know if you have seen it. Here is the link:

    http://www.setapartpeople.com/validity-womans-headcovering

    Shalom

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  • snow white

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    Elisheva, if a woman was only required to have long (or uncut) hair, then what was Numbers 5 referring to? There is so much said on this subject, too much really, and people are confused. Some are so bothered that they just don’t care to search for the truth, thinking that it can’t be found. However, conveniently we have some traditions here in the Holy Land that have remained for 2000 years. Most women here, respectable women, both Jews and Muslims and even some Christians, do cover their heads. They don’t think some skimpy headband is sufficient either. They cover the entire top of their heads with a hat or scarf at the minimum. They cover all their hair and neck/chest at the maximum. They don’t necessarily wear it in the privacy of the home. But, they always wear it for prayer and when out and about or inside when entertaining ‘mixed’ company. I wear one too and it is a great testimony to my Muslim neighbors when they ask me why I cover. I am more respected than most foreigners here because I choose to dress modestly. Hopefully this will bring some perspective to the topic of women’s head coverings.

    sincerely,
    Snow

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  • Frank Brown

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    Nowhere in torah is there a command for women to wear a head covering. To do so, is not necessarily wrong, but since it is not commanded, to think it is commanded, is to add to Torah, which is forbidden. Yahweh is silent on this issue, so should we be. What Paul wrote was, as someone said, referring to hair length, and being shorn or too short versus having long hair.

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    • Schalk & Elsa

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      Shalom Frank, Thank you for your comment! We do agree that wearing a headcovering is not commanded in the Torah. However, we consider all Scripture as inspired and believe for that reason that it is something a woman is to do. To say that it is referring to the length of hair is not correct. It would imply that men will have to shave their heads in order not to cover their heads. We disagree with you on that.

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  • Dodah Nochez

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    Thank You for this great article, I felt that Yah placed it in my heart to always wear a head covering when in prayer and when I am reading His Word. This article made it more clear to me as to why it is important. Thank You, Shalom

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  • Harriet

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    Shalom

    I wear a head covering and I feel quite comfortable with it even though very few ladies is our fellowship do. However I will
    not impose it on any body to do the same because I believe the Ruach HaKodesh(Holy Spirit) will bring the conviction (if necessary)as was with me.
    So if you don’t believe it necessary than don’t wear it. Let us all seek out
    our own salvation.
    Just as a matter of interest my prayer life has changed tremendously and even when not praying I feel easily convicted when I tend to loose my cool it is like a constant reminder ” Remember Who your authority is”.
    I thank Father for revealing to me why I had too. Thanks for the interesting topic and it was also good to read every body’s different opinions. (Agree to disagree)
    Shalom

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  • Josie

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    Hello,

    Thank you for all your great articles. I have been blessed to have the time to read many over the last couple of days. They are all helping to renew my mind and I feel increasingly connected to God.

    I am very new to faith. I am a gentile and wonder if this is applicable to me?

    I originally came in as faith alone in Jesus alone. Grace through faith…however when I read the bible or listen to the scripture from ministers I increasingly feel the only way to renew my mind and be like Christ in me is to repent and follow Gods commandments to sanctify myself such as head coverings and eating kosher.

    I would love to know your view on the subject. I know God blesses you with your ability to interpret. May He continue to bless you.

    Thank you again.

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  • Josie

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    Hello,

    I quite certain I received my answer in this scripture regarding my question:

    Matthew 5:17–19
    17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18 “For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 “Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

    So the law hasn’t been abolished. I came in through grace by faith which brings me back to the law? I’m feeling that the law is good for me. It is what renews me and changes my mind and helps me to show my love, worship, praise and obedience to God and Jesus.

    Is it acceptable to call YWVH God? That is how I know Him.

    Thank you kindly and thank you again for your articles. My knowledge is truly increasing exponentially.

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    • Schalk_and_Elsa

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      Shalom Josie,

      To cover is not commanded, but I believe it has a strong spiritual significance. I don’t think it is wrong to call YHVH God, but YHVH is His name. You could also call Him Father.

      Shalom

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  • Kathleen

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    Priests wore head coverings in the Temple. I think that in itself sheds doubt as to whether this is properly understood. Some say the word for covered/uncovered is really about whether the hair was worn loosed, or up in a bun/braids. The corinthian women wore their hair in braids, even they did not wear it down/loose unless they were prostitutes or loose women from what I have read. It could have been that Paul was reading back to them or quoting something they had been taught. How could Paul say it was a shame for men to have their head covered in prayer when the Priests of the Temple wore hats??? It’s not as black and white as it first appears.

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  • Mrs. N

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    Thank you so much for a great article. I too have been prompted to wear a head covering while in prayer and more so recently at other times. My husband is gradually getting used to seeing me in a tichel.

    I do have a question- should we grow our hair long? I have very short hair because my husband likes it short. Many times I feel I should not cut it. I do not know what is correct in this area. Any Biblical advice would be welcome.

    Shalom!

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    • Schalk_and_Elsa

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      Dear Mrs N,
      There is no commandment for woman to wear long hair. There is a mention of it being shameful for a women to shave her head, but nothing else I am aware of.
      Shalom Elsa

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