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Hair as a covering

Submitted: 1/3/2005
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Question: Should women have a covering on their head when praying or is their hair their covering? I have seen women wearing beanie caps in service and I was wondering where that came from.

Answer: The Bible says, '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. For if a woman is not covered, let her also be shorn' (1 Corinthians 11:5-6). The question is, What is the covering?

The answer is stated in 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.' To repeat, 'Her hair is given to her for a covering.' That should make it clear.

The tradition of wearing what is commonly known as 'the second covering' is practiced by the Amish, most Mennonites, a few other conservative groups, and some apostolics. We stand with Paul, however, who declared, 'Her hair is given to her for a covering.'