1 Corinthians 11:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Corinthians 11:12, NIV: For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God.

1 Corinthians 11:12, ESV: for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God.

1 Corinthians 11:12, KJV: For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.

1 Corinthians 11:12, NASB: For as the woman originated from the man, so also the man has his birth through the woman; and all things originate from God.

1 Corinthians 11:12, NLT: For although the first woman came from man, every other man was born from a woman, and everything comes from God.

1 Corinthians 11:12, CSB: For just as woman came from man, so man comes through woman, and all things come from God.

What does 1 Corinthians 11:12 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Teaching in this section has focused on differences between men and women. In particular, Paul has explained how the subtle spiritual differences between the sexes imply different applications of the same fundamental principle. The cultural implications of a covered or uncovered head in public, in Corinth, were notable. Therefore, the Corinthians Christians ought to choose wisely, and in consideration of what spiritual message their physical appearance sent.

Though much of this has focused on women—as some Corinthian women were acting inappropriately—Paul has not taught that women are inferior to men. On the contrary, he has said neither gender is self-existent (1 Corinthians 11:11). Both need the other. This is seen in the fact that woman was made from man when Eve was formed from Adam's rib.

It is also seen in the reality that every man ever born after Adam was born from a woman. While this is a brief remark, compared to what's come before, it carries tremendous implications. As stated in the prior verse, the sexes are absolutely dependent on one another. Neither is disposable, or secondary. Beyond that, Paul states, everything is from God. Both genders need each other, and both need God to exist and to thrive according to His design.