Is There a Biblical Head Covering For Men and Women?

Today people take for granted a lot of what is said in the bible and excuse actions, because of the belief that God knows their heart. But things such as biblical head covering are never talked about.

If we read Paul’s Writings he makes mention of the Christian womans head covering as well as the biblical head covering for a man:

1 Corinthians 11:3-15

3But 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.

4Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.

5But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.

6For 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.

7For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.

Clearly we see here that Paul’s understanding on the Hebrew head covering. He says a man should not cover his head and that a woman should cover her head.

Many people wrestle with this scriptures especially those that have created a faith out of the term “Hebrew Israelite”. In the case of Christians they seem to totally over look the notion of the biblical head covering completely.

Lets explore the scriptures to see what they say about head coverings and who was accustomed to wearing them, and the reason why Paul said a women should cover her head.

If we go into Genesis we see a time in the beginning when the fallen angels of God slept with women because of their beauty, which is what Paul mentions in:

1 Corinthians 11:10

10For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because
of the angels.

This event can be seen in Genesis:

Genesis 6:4

4There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men
of renown.

This should be a clear invitation for sincere believers especially women to wear a head covering, especially when dealing with matters relating to the bible,

1 Corinthians 11:5

5But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered
dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.

So that people (men in particular) are not distracted by the beauty of the woman, while they are reading scriptures.

Events Involving Women’s Biblical Head Covering

If we read Numbers 5:18, we see a ceremony that was undertaken on women by a priest concerning an issue of Jealousy. Emphasis here is not the jealousy but the fact that it was the priests responsibility to uncover the womans head suggesting it was covered. This lets us know that a woman covering her head was and is a biblical custom.

Numbers 5:18

18 And the priest shall set the woman before the LORD, and uncover the woman’s head, and put the offering of memorial in her hands, which is the jealousy offering: and the priest shall have in his hand the bitter water that causeth the curse:

Also if we look in the book of Genesis Genesis 24:64-65 Rebekah the future wife of Isaac, when she first met Isaac covering her self as she is introduced to him. She even went as far as to cover her face with a Vail.

Genesis 24:64-65

64And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel.

65For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a Vail, and covered herself.

All of which teaches us a woman is still beautiful when she is covered, but its a different kind of beauty, attributed to her internal beauty rather the potentially manipulative outward appearance only.

Head Covering for Men

In regards to men not covering their head in the presence of YHWH, we see that the Levite priests were the only ones that were

commanded to have “linen bonnets upon their heads“, when they were in the sanctuary Temple and they were to take it off when they were out side it.

Ezekiel 44:15-19

15But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord GOD:

16They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge.

17And it shall come to pass, that when they enter in at the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed with linen garments; and no wool shall come upon them, whiles they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within.

18They shall have linen bonnets upon their heads, and shall have linen breeches upon their loins; they shall not gird themselves with any thing that causeth sweat.

19And when they go forth into the utter court, even into the utter court to the people, they shall put off their garments wherein they ministered, and lay them in the holy chambers, and they shall put on other garments; and they shall not sanctify the people with their garments.

So as we can see even the Levite priest before the Messiah came did cover their heads but only when in the presence of God.This is not the case today, it should also be noted that all of Israel were not priests, just the tribe of LEVI’s descendants.

Paul would have known all this which is why he knew a head covering was not for men generally. You should also pay attention to the fact that the priests were expected to cut their hair, if it grew too long.

Today the priest hood of the Levites has been fulfilled by the Messiah, so there is no longer a duty for men to cover there heads as Paul pointed out

1 Corinthians 11:3-4

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, dishonoureth his head.

Meaning the Messiah is the Priest (as the Levites once were) making him the covering and putting all other Israelites and different nations of men in the role of servants.

So as you can see Paul is spot on about the Men not wearing a religious head covering, because the Messiah is our priest and not the Levites.

The women of old understood their history, especially in regards to fallen angels sleeping with women. They understood that it was not honorable for them to make their beauty a stumbling block for anybody.

So women should Cover their heads in a congregation and when married (as signs of respect), or prophesying but for men generally there is no reason to cover their heads when worshiping YHWH.

I hope you have been enlightened

Peace and Shalom

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