Head Covering as a Form of Protection

For most of my life, I never gave head covering a second thought. I believed it was antiquated, and not at all applicable to today.

A few years ago I began to study head covering more thoroughly. At that time, I started to feel like it might be a good idea to wear head coverings (in the form of a wide headband or hat) during public worship. After all, I wanted my glory, or hair, to be hidden in the place where all glory should go to God.

This probably sounds really silly, but once we moved a few months ago I felt almost like a spiritual battle had begun around me. We were in God’s will. I was sure of it. And yet I felt really unsettled. During this time I began searching for answers as to how I could walk more closely with God. I wanted this unsettled feeling to go away.

Let me stop for a moment to say that I don’t usually talk much about the spiritual battles that surround us on a daily basis. But we must remember that these battles are indeed very real. Praise God that we are more than conquerors through Jesus!

I began staying in the Word and praying almost constantly. As strange as it may seem, the Lord lead me to study the similarities between His covering, or protection, and the symbol of head covering. I read testimonies of women who overcame spiritual battles, and even nightmares, once they began to wear a head covering.

I found this article very interesting. In it, the author writes:

“So that Shabbat, I looked up the meaning of that word “covering” from Isaiah and was surprised by the discoveries that ensued. The word “covering” in Isaiah 4:5 is the Hebrew word “chuppah” (pronounced “huppah” with a throat-clearing “kh” at the beginning). A chuppah is a cozy booth-like canopy that has enfolded many Hebrew weddings for century after century. The Bible mentions a bridegroom coming forth from his chuppah in Joel 2:16 and Psalm 19:6. But let’s go back to the verse in Isaiah where “covering” was translated from chuppah. The meaning of this word is incredible. Chuppah means: “divine protection.”

How does this apply to head covering?

It seems at first glance that the chuppah word is left out of this picture. However, upon a deeper look at a comparison of the Hebrew words with the Greek (www.studybible.info/strongs) we find that “katacalupto” in Greek (G2619) corresponds to… would you believe it? “chuppah” in Hebrew (H2654)! This implies that, based on the meaning of the word, the headcovering is literally given for divine protection! How exciting!”

Over the past month or two, I have been wearing a head covering much more often. I don’t understand why a simple piece of cloth could remotely hold even a bit of God’s power and protection, but I do know that my understanding (or lack thereof) is not what dictates how the Lord fulfills His purposes.

I’ve also read testimonies of women being sparred from sexual assault by dressing modestly and/or wearing a head covering. These stories are very interesting, indeed. I’d love to encourage you to do some research on your own!

I hope to share more about head covering and Modesty from time to time. There is so much to learn about this topic!

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25 thoughts on “Head Covering as a Form of Protection

  1. Diana says:

    Thank you for this post! This is an interesting aspect that I had never considered. I appreciate your willingness to tackle unpopular subjects!


  2. Sherry says:

    You have done a wonderful job exploring this topic Nicole. I too have been giving headcoverings more thought and have been experimenting with them. Thank you for sharing this info with me at Home Sweet Home!

      • todaywithellierae says:

        I don’t know about the head coverings, but modest clothing won’t help. I was raped by a stranger with a weapon. I was wearing modest clothing. He had it cut off with his knife in the twinkling of an eye. These rapists are professional criminals. He couldn’t have cut off my long jeans and button down shirt and socks and sneakers any faster than if it had been a string bikini. Don’t be deceived. Be wary of these criminals. And don’t forget, the middle east has a rape culture and they wear those burkas, covered from head to foot. I believe in modest clothing to not induce lust, but rape is not a crime of lust. Remember, children are raped, too. Rape is a crime. These criminals want to hurt and injure. I just wouldn’t want anybody to have a false sense of security just because they are wearing modest clothing. I have no idea if head coverings would keep a criminal away from you, I am new to that subject.

      • todaywithellierae says:

        It’s been many years. I’ve devoted some time to learning about the crime. That was very healing. I realized that I could have been murdered. That’s what the police told me. These perps often begin killing their victims.

  3. Kathleen says:

    This is very interesting and I look forward to you posting more about head coverings. This is one of the things the bible says women should do that I don’t understand.

    • Nicole says:

      Hey Holly! That part of the verse says that a woman’s long hair is a glory to *her,*not to God. Since women are man’s glory, and hair is our own glory, both should be properly covered during worship so there are no distractions and all glory goes to God. We are often preoccupied and distracted by how our hair looks, and men have this same problem when it comes to women. 1 Cor 1:29 says that “no flesh shall glory in His presence.” Our hair is a part of our flesh. I hope this explanation helps.😊

      • Ellie says:

        Hi, I believe the original text uses different words for covering. The word used in reference to the hair as a covering is different from the other word used for covering, which refers to an actual piece of cloth. Sorry I’m not taking the time to give specifics, but it might be interesting for you to explore the text more to see why the hair isn’t used as a “covering”.

  4. Ellie says:

    I have come to realize that I “veil” my glory at the “unveiling” of God’s glory. 🙂 Thanks for this post. I’ve been headcovering for 16 of my 35 years.

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