"... if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering."

For a long time this verse was a puzzle to me because I was seeing it from a physical viewpoint.  In my opinion, long hair was beautiful on some women; on the other hand, sometimes long hair was stringy and lank, or a mousy color, or just didn't suit a woman's face shape, or her age, etc.  It just seemed to me that sometimes a woman looked better in short hair than in long hair, so I had a hard time understanding this verse.

Then it occurred to me that perhaps it is speaking not of a physical glory, but a spiritual glory.

The verse itself actually tells us why long hair is a glory to a woman :

  ". . . for her hair is given to her for a covering."  Long hair is a woman's glory because it is a covering.

So what does long hair cover?   Answer:  it covers a woman's head.
What does a woman's head symbolize?   Answer:  a woman's head symbolizes man's authority over her.

So long hair covers or hides man's authority.  

Long hair is a glory to a woman, for it covers Man's authority; it is a symbol that Man's authority is not absolute, but temporal and delegated; that Man is accountable to God for the way he exercises his authority.

On the other hand, what about when a woman cuts off her hair?  If her long hair is a glory to her, then it must be a shame for her hair NOT to be long.  Her head is no longer covered; her shame is exposed; the curse upon Eve is brought back to mind ("your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you." Gen. 3:16).

It is ironic that in our modern feminist culture, women who are busy shaving off their hair to show their "freedom from male domination" are actually showing the opposite.  It's a crazy world.

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