May 25, 2021 – Tuesday
A Short Note: Having completed the look through the Bible at almost all the verses with believe or belief, instead of choosing a new subject or topic right away I will look at items of interest that have come up before that I have not written on in the past.
1 Corinthians 11:10 NIV
10 It is for this reason that a woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head, because of the angels.
1 Corinthians 11:10 ESV
10 That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.
1 Corinthians 11:10 NASB
10 Therefore the woman should have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.
1 Corinthians 11:10 CJB
10 The reason a woman should show by veiling her head that she is under authority has to do with the angels.
A young woman brought this verse to my attention and asked why does it have because of the angels or has to do with angels? Most versions have because of the angels while the Complete Jewish Bible says has to do with the angels and it is the latter that tells us it has something to do with the angels. The wording difference is slight, but the CJB seems more direct to me.
Guzik supposes that it is because of the presence of angels in corporate worship. And further, Angels are present at any assembly of Christians for worship and they note any departure from reverent order. Apparently, angels are offended by any violation of propriety. But this seems terribly lacking as the context has said nothing about worship.
Barnes’ Notes on the Bible is the most honest when he writes, Some have explained this of good angels, who were supposed to be present in their assemblies (worship); others refer it to evil angels; and others to messengers or spies who, it has been supposed, were present in their public assemblies, and who would report greatly to the disadvantage of the Christian assemblies if the women were seen to be unveiled. I do not know what it means; and I regard it as one of the very few passages in the Bible whose meaning as yet is wholly inexplicable (emphasis added). Then he later adds, Guzik’s and others’ explanations may be the best among the various theories.
Meyer’s NT Commentary also rejects the idea of it referring to the assembly of believers, but does not provide any good explanation either. Instead, simply ascribing it to the ingenious apostle himself, however old the custom itself—that married women should wear veils in public. But that is no help for it does not answer the question of what it has to do with angels.
The Pulpit Commentary made a very interesting observation by saying, The only question is whether the allusion is to good or bad angels. Then answered their question by stating, In favour of the latter view is the universal tradition among the Jews that the angels fell by lust for mortal women. Perhaps, but I would offer a different idea in favor of the latter view. Reading from Ephesians 4:26-27, “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. In other words, if bad angels, those under Satan’s dominion, observe such behavior from a woman it would give them a foothold in her behavior, just as to let the sun go down while you are still angry, can give the devil a foothold.
Prayer: Dear Father, Be with me and help me avoid giving the devil and his minions any foothold in my behavior. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.