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Note the following questions.

1.      Did Paul mention any material like the African veil which is a cultural costume as a covering for the woman?

2.      Did Paul talk about double covering-covering of the head and covering of the hair?

3.      Do Christians all over the world other than African Christians know about the veil?

4.      Do angels identify woman with their veils, could the veil be the power of the woman? (v10)

5.       When women with long hair choose to cover their head with veil, is their hair not still exposed if the idea is to cover hair and not the head?

6.      Does the bible permit the Christian woman to be shorn or shaven and use veil to cover her head if it pleases her?

What does it mean to be uncovered?


According to Paul, if the woman is not covered, then she is either shorn or shaven.

1.      “Shorn” – it is the past participle of shear (done with shearer).lets analyse the Greek and Hebrew meanings of the word by the strong concordance.

The Greek word used here is keiró: which means to shear

Original Word: κείρω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: keiró
Phonetic Spelling: (ki'-ro)
Short Definition: I shear, cut the hair of
Definition: I shear, cut the hair of; mid: I cut my own hair, have my hair cut.


The Hebrew word used here is gazaz:which means to shear

Original Word: גָּזַז
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: gazaz
Phonetic Spelling: (gaw-zaz')
Short Definition: off


According to the strong’s exhaustive concordance, These meanings of the word have been used variously in the bible to mean  cut off, poll, shave, shearer.A primitive root (akin to guwz); to cut off; specifically to shear a flock or shave the hair; figuratively to destroy an enemy -- cut off (down), poll, shave, ((sheep-)) shear(-er). Some examples are: Acts 8:32 , 18:18 ,1 Corinthians 11:6  ,Genesis 31:19 ,38:12 ,13 ,Deuteronomy 15:19 ,1 Samuel 25:2 ,4 ,7 ,11 ,2 Samuel 13:23 ,24 ,Job 1:20 ,Isaiah 53:7 ,Jeremiah 7:29 ,Micah 1:16 ,Nahum 1:12 

2.      “Shaven”-it is the past participle of shave (often done with a razor). Let’s analyse the Greek and Hebrew meanings of the word by the strong concordance.

The greek word used here is xurao: which means I shave

Original Word: ξυράω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: xurao
Phonetic Spelling: (xoo-rah'-o)
Short Definition: I shave
Definition: I shave, shear, cut off the hair.

The Hebrew word used here is galach: which means to be bald, shave, shave off

Original Word: גָּלַח
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: galach
Phonetic Spelling: (gaw-lakh')
Short Definition: shave


From the strong’s exhaustive concordance, the Greek and Hebrew usages have their meanings as depriving one of hair. To be shaved as a woman was a sign of shame. A primitive root; properly, to be bald, i.e. (causatively) to shave; figuratively to lay waste -- poll, shave (off).some examples are:

Genesis 41:14 ,Leviticus 13:33 ,14:8,9, 21:5 ,Numbers 6:9 ,18 ,19 ,Deuteronomy 21:12 ,Judges 16:17 ,19 ,22 ,2 Samuel 10:4 ,14:26 ,1 Chronicles 19:4 ,Isaiah 7:20 ,Jeremiah 41:5 ,Ezekiel 44:20 ,Acts 21:24,1 Corinthians 11:5 6  

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