1Co 11:16. Εἰ δὲ, but if) A curt [abrupt] hint, as at 1Co 14:37. Paul perceives, that some exceptions may be taken, but he authoritatively represses them.-δοκεῖ φιλόνεικος, seems contentious) A disputer of this sort might think that he was contending rightly; but Paul calls him contentious. This is what he says: If any one wishes to contend, and deems himself right in doing so. In this passage it is rather intended to teach the Corinthians modesty, than to bind all: comp. 2Co 2:9. For he especially restrains their φυσίωσιν, puffed up spirit: comp. 1Co 14:34-38.-ἡμεῖς, we) your teachers, of the Hebrew nation.-συνήθειαν, custom) that a woman should not cover her head, especially when she prays.-αἱ ἐκκλησίαι τοῦ Θεοῦ, the churches of God) which ought not to be despised, 1Co 14:36.
 The word in the original is præcisio, explained by Cicero to be a figure which rather gives a hint to the understanding, and leaves it to supply what is not expressed.-See De Or. iii. 53, Her. iv. 30.-T.