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There has been much debate on head coverings. All based on One witness out of 1 Cor. 11. As to not keep anyone waiting as to where we stand concerning this issue, we do not support the forcing of head coverings on women. We've studied this issue over and over again, and my husband has concluded that it's controlling men that want to twist the scriptures and force women to cover their heads, but let men with long hair worship in their assemblies.
If you will remember, when Adam and Eve were thrown out of the garden, Yahuah covered their Nakedness not her Head!
We are going to take a look at Yahweh's Restoration Ministry's (YRM) study on 'Scriptural Headship', and see if what they conclude is really a Command of Abba, YAH.
Just a little side note: When I was a very new believer and working through the head covering issue, I emailed this establishment; inquiring about their reason for head coverings. Instead of forwarding me a study or gently guiding me through the scriptures, the head man at YRM called me a Jezebel and added "why can't I just do such a simple thing". Oh can you feel the love!
In the Scriptures a token sign of this sacred relationship is the veil or headcovering. In ancient times it was customary for the woman to have her head covered. This physical concealment of the hair was a sign of love and respect for her husband. (end quote)
Where might we find that in Scriptures? Notice they use the word 'customary'. That's just another word for tradition. Okay, it's a 'tradition' not a Command of YAH. So I guess a woman that covers her head, but is rude to her husband, is showing love and respect?! Because, hey, her head is covered, right?
The statement in verse 6 (1 Cor. 11), "but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered" is taken directly from the teachings of the Torah. In Deuteronomy 21 Yahweh explains that it was a dishonor to shave a woman’s hair and trim her nails, which Paul uses here to illustrate those women who refused to submit to their husband’s authority. This shows that the covering of the hair, which all women have by nature, is not what Paul is talking about in this chapter, but a covering placed willingly over the hair. He says that if she won’t do that, she may as well shave her head. (end quote)
I find it interesting that they glazed right over v. 5. so lets take a look at it:
1Co 11:5 And every woman praying or prophesying with her head uncovered brings shame to her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved.
If you've ever been to any of these "forced" head-covering assemblies, most of the women can't get their head coverings off quick enough! If we are to pray without ceasing, why aren't they wearing their head coverings all the time??
Now let's take a look at Deuteronomy 21 (21:10-13 to be exact)...
Deu 21:10 “When you go out to fight against your enemies, and Yahueh your Elohim shall give them into your hand, and you shall take them captive,
Deu 21:11 and shall see among the captives a woman fair of form, and shall delight in her and take her for your wife,
Deu 21:12 then you shall bring her home to your house, and she shall shave her head and trim her nails,
Deu 21:13 and put aside the mantle of her captivity, and shall dwell in your house, and mourn her father and her mother a month of days. And after that you shall go in to her and be her husband, and she shall be your wife.
Can you show me where Yahueh explains that this was a dishonor to the woman? It seems to me, taking the above actions was removing the woman's 'sign' of Captivity. There seems to be some scripture twisting going on there.
"For a woman taking off her head covering in public and exposing her hair was a sign of loose morals and sexual promiscuity" (The NIV Study Bible note at 1Corinthians 11:5).
Yahweh has given long hair to a woman as a thing of beauty. By refusing to hide that beauty in a worship setting she is outshining her husband, which is not permissible in Yahweh’s Word. (end quote)
This is laughable! If you've ever been to an assembly (or seen them on DVD - say...YRM) that requires head coverings, some ladies wear really flashy head coverings, wear layers and layers of makeup and low cut, skin tight clothing. Another laughable thing to behold is the women that wear completely see through scarves, and their hair is all fixed in place - with tons of hair spray. Now, THAT is outshining the husband!
1Co 11:13 Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a woman to pray to Elohim with her head uncovered?
Notice Paul said, "Judge for yourselves"! It doesn't say, "Yahueh Commands".
Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible note at 1Corinthians 11 gives the following reasons, some historical, that a woman is to be covered in worship:
• "It has been the custom for ages for women to be veiled (Gen. 24:65; 38:14, 19; Ruth 3:15; Isa. 3:23).
• "It was a Jewish law that no woman be seen in public unveiled. Among Greeks, Romans, and other nations it was also the custom.
• "Only public prostitutes in the East went without veils, hence to pray or prophesy without a veil would be identifying [True Worship] with harlotry. (end quote)
Really? First, please turn with me to Gen. 24:65...
Gen 24:65 and she (Rebekah) had said to the servant, “Who is this man walking in the field to meet us?” And the servant said, “It is my master.” So she took a veil and covered herself.
Obviously, Rebekah was uncovered in public. I highly doubt she was looked upon as loose and promiscuous. AND, the servant (a man) was with her the whole time she was uncovered.
Apparently, Dake's Annotated Reference Bible is not wise to Jewish law. I was in Israel and that is NOT the case. The, religious, Jewish women are not required to cover their heads until AFTER they are married. And, that is a Talmudic Law! You know, the apostate law that states, "A rabbi debated and DEFEATED Yahweh (Baba Mezia 59b)" and many other such abominations!
Ruth 3:15 And he said, “Bring the shawl that is on you and hold it.” So she held it and he measured six measures of barley, and laid it on her. And she went into the city.
Let's take a look at the word 'shawl' (some translations render this as 'veil')...
From H2946; a wide cloak (for a woman): - vail, wimple.
A wide Cloak. Notice they had to specify 'for a woman'. If this was a head covering that Ruth took off, according YRM's above quote, Ruth would have been taken for a prostitute on her way home.
Let's not forget Tamar! Remember, she covered herself and was taken for a prostitute?
Gen 38:13 And it was reported to Tamar, saying, “See, your father-in-law is going up to Timnah to shear his sheep.”
Gen 38:14 And she took off her widow’s garments, and covered herself with a veil and wrapped herself, and sat at the entrance to Ěnayim which was on the way to Timnah. For she saw that Shĕlah was grown, and she was not given to him as a wife.
Gen 38:15 And Yehuḏah saw her, and reckoned her for a whore, for she had covered her face.
1Co 11:16 If, however, anyone seems to be contentious, we do not have such a habit, nor do the assemblies of Elohim.
Habit rendered custom in some translations is G4914
From a compound of G4862 and G2239; mutual habituation, that is, usage: - custom.
1 Cor. 11:16 is better rendered...If, however, anyone seems to be contentious, we do not have such a usage, nor do the assemblies of Elohim. Why? Because Yahueh NEVER Commanded it.
613 Commands in Torah, and not one of them tells a woman to cover her head. Speaking of Torah, YAH tells the Children of Israel twice to put the Tzitzit on the four corners of their garments. These same people forcing the head covering, are completely silent, and in some cases reject the idea of putting on the Tzitzit. Yahusha was completely silent on the head covering issue, but HE did wear the Tzitzit!
I leave you with these questions that no one has answered for me.
Gen 3:21 And Yahueh Elohim made coats of skin for the man and his wife and dressed them.
When YAH made clothes for Adam and Hawwah, why didn't HE make Hawwah a head covering and tell her, "You must keep your head covered to show your husband's authority over you"? It seems like this would have been the perfect place to put the head covering command. Especially because of what she had just done! But, alas, YAH was silent on the issue.
When Yah was giving the law on how to worship HIM, why is there only mention of head coverings for the Priests? Another perfect place to tell the women to cover their heads.
Then there's the woman that cleaned Yahusha's feet with her hair. How was she able to do that if she was wearing a head covering? Her sins were forgiven, and Yahusha didn't say one word about her putting on a head covering.
Things that make you go - hmmm...