1 Corinthians 10:17
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New International Version
Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf.

New Living Translation
And though we are many, we all eat from one loaf of bread, showing that we are one body.

English Standard Version
Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.

New American Standard Bible
Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread.

King James Bible
For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for all of us share that one bread.

International Standard Version
Because there is one loaf, we who are many are one body, because all of us eat from the same loaf.

NET Bible
Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all share the one bread.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Just as that is one bread, and thus we are all one body, for we all receive from that which is one bread.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Because there is one loaf, we are one body, although we are many individuals. All of us share one loaf.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For one loaf of bread means that many are one body, for we are all partakers of that one loaf.

King James 2000 Bible
For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.

American King James Version
For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.

American Standard Version
seeing that we, who are many, are one bread, one body: for we are all partake of the one bread.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For we, being many, are one bread, one body, all that partake of one bread.

Darby Bible Translation
Because we, [being] many, are one loaf, one body; for we all partake of that one loaf.

English Revised Version
seeing that we, who are many, are one bread, one body: for we all partake of the one bread.

Webster's Bible Translation
For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.

Weymouth New Testament
Since there is one loaf, we who are many are one body; we, all of us, share in that one loaf.

World English Bible
Because there is one loaf of bread, we, who are many, are one body; for we all partake of the one loaf of bread.

Young's Literal Translation
because one bread, one body, are we the many -- for we all of the one bread do partake.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:15-22 Did not the joining in the Lord's supper show a profession of faith in Christ crucified, and of adoring gratitude to him for his salvation ? Christians, by this ordinance, and the faith therein professed, were united as the grains of wheat in one loaf of bread, or as the members in the human body, seeing they were all united to Christ, and had fellowship with him and one another. This is confirmed from the Jewish worship and customs in sacrifice. The apostle applies this to feasting with idolaters. Eating food as part of a heathen sacrifice, was worshipping the idol to whom it was made, and having fellowship or communion with it; just as he who eats the Lord's supper, is accounted to partake in the Christian sacrifice, or as they who ate the Jewish sacrifices partook of what was offered on their altar. It was denying Christianity; for communion with Christ, and communion with devils, could never be had at once. If Christians venture into places, and join in sacrifices to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life, they will provoke God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - We being many are one bread, and one body. It is easy to see how we are "one body," of which Christ is the Head, and we are the members. This is the metaphor used in 1 Corinthians 12:12, 13 and Romans 12:5. The more difficult expression, "we are one bread," is explained in the next clause. The meaning seems to be - We all partake of the loaf, and thereby become qualitatively, as it were, a part of it, as it of us, even as we all become members of Christ's one body, which that loaf sacramentally represents Some commentators, disliking the harshness of the expression, render it, "Because there is one bread, we being many are one body;" or, "For there is one bread. We being many are one body." But the language and context support the rendering of our version; and the supposed "physiology" is not so modern as to be at all surprising.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For we being many, are one bread and one body,.... The several members of the church of Christ; particular believers are indeed many, considered in themselves, in their own persons; yet by virtue of their union to Christ, which is manifested by their communion with him, they are one bread with him, the bread of life, and one body with his, signified by the bread; they are of one and the same mass and lump, they are incorporated together, they are flesh of his flesh, and one spirit with him: or they are one bread and body among themselves; as bread consists of many grains of corn which have been ground and kneaded together, and make up one loaf; and as the members of an human body are many, and make up one body; so believers, though they are many, yet are one body, of which Christ is the head; one in union with him and one another, and one in their communion together at the Lord's table; and so the Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions read, "as therefore the bread is one, so we all are one body"; having communion with Christ and one another:

for we are all partakers of that one bread; in the supper, which is all of the same nature and kind, and is a symbol of the body of Christ, and our fellowship with him and each other. The application designed is this, that as believers, by partaking of the same bread, appear to be the same body, and of the same mass and lump with one another; so such as eat things sacrificed unto idols, appear to be of the same mass and lump with Heathen idolaters: Dr. Lightfoot has very pertinently produced some passages out of Maimonides, concerning mixing, associating, or communion of neighbours in courts on sabbath eves, that so they may enter into each other's houses on the sabbath day, for the illustration of this passage; of which mixing the Jews have a whole treatise in their Misna and Talmud, which they call Erubin; and of which they say (h).

"but how is this mixture or association? it is thus, they mix together, , "in one food", which they prepare on the eve of the sabbath; and it is as if they should say, for we are all mixed together, and have all one food; nor does anyone of us divide the right from his neighbour--they do not mix in courts, but "with a whole loaf" only; though the mass or lump baked may be the quantity of a "seah", yet if it is broken, they do not associate with it; but if it is whole, though it be but the value of a farthing, they mix with it--how do they mix or associate together in the courts? they collect , "one whole cake", out of every house, and put all in one vessel, in one of the houses of the court--and the whole association being gathered together, blesses the Lord--and eats:''

upon which the above learned writer observes, that if it were customary among the Israelites, to join together in one political or economical body, by the eating of many loaves collected from this, and that, and the other man; we are much more associated together into one body, by eating one and the same bread, appointed us by our Saviour.

(h) Maimon. Hilch. Erubin, c. 1. sect. 6, 8, 16.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. one bread—rather, "loaf." One loaf alone seems to have been used in each celebration.

and one body—Omit "and"; "one loaf [that is], one body." "We, the many (namely, believers assembled; so the Greek), are one bread (by our partaking of the same loaf, which becomes assimilated to the substance of all our bodies; and so we become), one body" (with Christ, and so with one another).

we … all—Greek, "the whole of us."

1 Corinthians 10:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Flee from Idolatry
16Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ? 17Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread. 18Look at the nation Israel; are not those who eat the sacrifices sharers in the altar?…
Cross References
Romans 12:5
so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

1 Corinthians 12:12
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:27
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

Ephesians 2:16
and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.

Ephesians 4:4
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;

Ephesians 4:16
From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Colossians 3:15
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Treasury of Scripture

For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.

we being.

1 Corinthians 12:12,27 For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members …

Romans 12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

Galatians 3:26-28 For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus…

Ephesians 1:22,23 And has put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head …

Ephesians 2:15,16 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments …

Ephesians 3:6 That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and …

Ephesians 4:12,13 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for …

Ephesians 4:25 Why putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: …

Colossians 2:19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and …

Colossians 3:11,15 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, …

that.

1 Corinthians 10:3,4,21 And did all eat the same spiritual meat…

1 Corinthians 11:26-28 For as often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you do show …

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