What does 1 Corinthians 11:8 mean?
ESV: For man was not made from woman, but woman from man.
NIV: For man did not come from woman, but woman from man;
NASB: For man does not originate from woman, but woman from man;
CSB: For man did not come from woman, but woman came from man.
NLT: For the first man didn’t come from woman, but the first woman came from man.
KJV: For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man.
NKJV: For man is not from woman, but woman from man.
Verse Commentary:
Paul has written in the previous verse that man is the image and glory of God. This seems to be because the first man, Adam, was formed by God in the image of God. As such, man is different from all the rest of creation. Man is the glory of all God made during creation week.

Paul described woman, though, as the "glory of man." Now he shows why. Eve, the first woman, was made from one of Adam's ribs (Genesis 2:18–24). She was literally made from man. In the following verse, he will reference the same passage to show that woman was also made for man, causing her to become the man's glory.

Much damage has been done by ripping verses and phrases from the Bible out of their context. These words are not meant to be interpreted or understood except in connection with the surrounding passage. Paul's meaning here has nothing to do with submission, value, or politics between the sexes. Rather, this section deals with the importance of Christians honoring their spiritual impact on others. That includes a respectful approach to conduct, modesty, and behavior.
Verse Context:
First Corinthians 11:2–16 describes Paul's correction of an inappropriate practice of some women in the Corinthian church. Contrary to social norms of that era, they were not wearing head coverings when praying or prophesying before the church. Paul insists that both women and men consider what their chosen appearance implies about their relationship with God. Cultural details may vary, but the principle does not: Christian men and women ought to be ''respectable'' in their manners and dress. In parallel, this teaching also touches on the concept of spiritual leadership.
Chapter Summary:
Paul confronts two issues the church in Corinth was failing to practice correctly. First, some women were not wearing head coverings while praying or prophesying in their meetings. Paul insisted they must do so, and that men must not, based on mankind's relationship to God and the social implications of that covering. Second, Paul describes the reasons for observing the Lord's Supper and how it should be done. The Corinthian Christians had brought God's judgment on themselves for practicing communion in a way which dishonored Christ's sacrifice for sin and humiliated the poor among them.
Chapter Context:
After concluding his teaching on meat offered to idols, Paul turns to two issues the church in Corinth was getting wrong. The first was head coverings when praying or prophesying in their meetings. Differences between men and women in that regard are because of both spiritual and social reasons. Paul also corrects the disastrous way in which they were practicing the observance of the Lord's Supper. They were dishonoring Christ's sacrifice for sin as well as the poor in the body of Christ, the church. Despite having more to say on communion, Paul will move on to the topic of spiritual gifts in chapter 12.
Book Summary:
First Corinthians is one of the more practical books of the New Testament. Paul writes to a church immersed in a city associated with trade, but also with corruption and immorality. These believers are struggling to properly apply spiritual gifts and to resist the ungodly practices of the surrounding culture. Paul's letter gives instructions for real-life concerns such as marriage and spirituality. He also deals with the importance of unity and gives one of the Bible's more well-known descriptions of love in chapter 13.
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