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1 Corinthians 11:16 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— But if any man seemeth to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— But if one is inclined to be contentious, we have no other practice, nor have the churches of God.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— But if any man seemeth to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— But if any one think to be contentious, *we* have no such custom, nor the assemblies of God.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— But, if anyone thinketh to be contentious, we, have no such custom,—nor yet the assemblies of God.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and if any one doth think to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the assemblies of God.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, nor the Church of God.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— But if any man seeme to be contentious, we haue no such custome, neither the Churches of God.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— But if any man contendeth about these things, we have no such usage as this, neither the church of Aloha.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— But if any one is contentious about these things, we on our part have no such custom, nor hath the church of God.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
But 1161
{1161} Prime
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
if x1487
(1487) Complement
A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.
any man y1536
[1536] Standard
εἴ τις
ei tis
{i tis}
From G1487 and G5100; if any.
(5100) Complement
An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.
seem 1380
{1380} Prime
A prolonged form of a primary verb δόκω [[doko]], {dok'-o} (used only as an alternate in certain tenses; compare the base of G1166); of the same meaning; to think; by implication to seem (truthfully or uncertainly).
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
to be 1511
{1511} Prime
Present infinitive from G1510; to exist.
<5750> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 135
contentious, 5380
{5380} Prime
From G5384 and νεῖκος [[neikos]] (a quarrel; probably akin to G3534); fond of strife, that is, disputatious.
we 2249
{2249} Prime
Nomitive plural of G1473; we (only used when emphatic).
have 2192
{2192} Prime
A primary verb (including an alternate form σχέω [[scheo]], {skheh'-o}; used in certain tenses only); to hold (used in very various applications, literally or figuratively, direct or remote; such as possession, ability, contiguity, relation or condition).
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
no 3756
{3756} Prime
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
such 5108
{5108} Prime
(Including the other inflections); from G5104 and G3778; truly this, that is, of this sort (to denote character or individuality).
custom, 4914
{4914} Prime
From a compound of G4862 and G2239; mutual habituation, that is, usage.
neither 3761
{3761} Prime
From G3756 and G1161; not however, that is, neither, nor, not even.
the x3588
(3588) Complement

The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
churches 1577
{1577} Prime
From a compound of G1537 and a derivative of G2564; a calling out, that is, (concretely) a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both).
of God. 2316
{2316} Prime
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Corinthians 11:16

_ _ A summary close to the argument by appeal to the universal custom of the churches.

_ _ if any ... seem — The Greek also means “thinks” (fit) (compare Matthew 3:9). If any man chooses (still after all my arguments) to be contentious. If any be contentious and thinks himself right in being so. A reproof of the Corinthians’ self-sufficiency and disputatiousness (1 Corinthians 1:20).

_ _ we — apostles: or we of the Jewish nation, from whom ye have received the Gospel, and whose usages in all that is good ye ought to follow: Jewish women veiled themselves when in public, according to Tertullian [Estius]. The former explanation is best, as the Jews are not referred to in the context: but he often refers to himself and his fellow apostles, by the expression, “we — us” (1 Corinthians 4:9, 1 Corinthians 4:10).

_ _ no such custom — as that of women praying uncovered. Not as Chrysostom, “that of being contentious.” The Greek term implies a usage, rather than a mental habit (John 18:39). The usage of true “churches (plural: not, as Rome uses it, ‘the Church,’ as an abstract entity; but ‘the churches,’ as a number of independent witnesses) of God” (the churches which God Himself recognizes), is a valid argument in the case of external rites, especially, negatively, for example, Such rites were not received among them, therefore, ought not to be admitted among us: but in questions of doctrine, or the essentials of worship, the argument is not valid [Sclater] (1 Corinthians 7:17; 1 Corinthians 14:33).

_ _ neither — nor yet. Catholic usage is not an infallible test of truth, but a general test of decency.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 Corinthians 11:1-16.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 Corinthians 11:16

We have no such custom here, nor any of the other churches of God — The several churches that were in the apostles' time had different customs in things that were not essential; and that under one and the same apostle, as circumstances, in different places, made it convenient. And in all things merely indifferent the custom of each place was of sufficient weight to determine prudent and peaceable men. Yet even this cannot overrule a scrupulous conscience, which really doubts whether the thing be indifferent or no. But those who are referred to here by the apostle were contentious, not conscientious, persons.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 Corinthians 11:16

(13) But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.

(13) Against those who are stubbornly contentious we have to oppose this, that the churches of God are not contentious.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

1 Timothy 6:3-4 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, [even] the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; ... He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,


Acts 21:21 And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise [their] children, neither to walk after the customs.
Acts 21:24 Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave [their] heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but [that] thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.

the churches:

1 Corinthians 7:17 But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.
1 Corinthians 14:33-34 For God is not [the author] of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. ... Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but [they are commanded] to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
1 Corinthians 16:1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.
1 Thessalonians 2:14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they [have] of the Jews:
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Paul is closing his arguments for a man not to cover his head while praying and a woman to cover her head while praying (or drawing near to God in any form of worship). if any man still wants to be contentious, "We, The Apostles--Apostolic Authority, have no other practice (than what Paul has been teaching in the verses above) neither do the churches of God (The example of the other churches). Hence, Paul taught the same thing everywhere and the churches practiced the same thing as Paul is setting forth for the Corinthians to practice (See 1st Corinthians 1:10; 4:17; 7:17; 14:33-34; 16:1-1; and look again at 11:26).
- Michael Baggett (4/1/2013 7:33:07 PM)
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