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What about a veil?

Submitted: 8/21/2013
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Question: Does a woman have to wear a veil when she goes to church and worship God? God bless you.

Answer: No, the Bible says, 'But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering' (1 Corinthians 11:15). The term 'covering' means a veil, which is how some versions translate it. The term 'long hair' means freely growing hair. So what this verse is saying is, 'If a woman is allowing her hair to grow freely (i.e. not cutting it), it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her to serve as a veil.' In some cultures (such as eastern Europe), women wear scarves or veils when they are in church. There is nothing inherently wrong with this as long as her hair is not being cut. A cloth veil must never be considered an acceptable substitute for freely growing hair.