1 Corinthians 10:18
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New International Version
Consider the people of Israel: Do not those who eat the sacrifices participate in the altar?

New Living Translation
Think about the people of Israel. Weren't they united by eating the sacrifices at the altar?

English Standard Version
Consider the people of Israel: are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar?

Berean Study Bible
Consider the people of Israel: Are not those who eat the sacrifices fellow partakers in the altar?

Berean Literal Bible
Consider Israel according to flesh: Are not those eating the sacrifices fellow partakers in the altar?

New American Standard Bible
Look at the nation Israel; are not those who eat the sacrifices sharers in the altar?

King James Bible
Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Look at the people of Israel. Do not those who eat the sacrifices participate in what is offered on the altar?

International Standard Version
Look at the Israelis from a human point of view. Those who eat the sacrifices share in what is on the altar, don't they?

NET Bible
Look at the people of Israel. Are not those who eat the sacrifices partners in the altar?

New Heart English Bible
Consider Israel according to the flesh. Do not those who eat the sacrifices participate in the altar?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Behold Israel in the flesh. Have not those who eat sacrifices been partakers of the altar?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Look at the people of Israel from a human point of view. Don't those who eat the sacrifices share what is on the altar?

New American Standard 1977
Look at the nation Israel; are not those who eat the sacrifices sharers in the altar?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold Israel after the flesh: are not those who eat of the sacrifices participants of the altar?

King James 2000 Bible
Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they who eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?

American King James Version
Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?

American Standard Version
Behold Israel after the flesh: have not they that eat the sacrifices communion with the altar?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold Israel according to the flesh: are not they, that eat of the sacrifices, partakers of the altar ?

Darby Bible Translation
See Israel according to flesh: are not they who eat the sacrifices in communion with the altar?

English Revised Version
Behold Israel after the flesh: have not they which eat the sacrifices communion with the altar?

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they who eat of the sacrifices, partakers of the altar?

Weymouth New Testament
Look at the Israelites--the nation and their ritual. Are not those who eat the sacrifices joint-partakers in the altar?

World English Bible
Consider Israel according to the flesh. Don't those who eat the sacrifices participate in the altar?

Young's Literal Translation
See Israel according to the flesh! are not those eating the sacrifices in the fellowship of the altar?
Study Bible
Flee from Idolatry
17Because there is one loaf, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one loaf. 18Consider the people of Israel: Are not those who eat the sacrifices fellow partakers in the altar? 19Am I suggesting, then, that food sacrificed to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything?…
Cross References
Leviticus 7:6
'Every male among the priests may eat of it. It shall be eaten in a holy place; it is most holy.

Leviticus 7:7
'The guilt offering is like the sin offering, there is one law for them; the priest who makes atonement with it shall have it.

Leviticus 7:14
'Of this he shall present one of every offering as a contribution to the LORD; it shall belong to the priest who sprinkles the blood of the peace offerings.

Deuteronomy 12:17
"You are not allowed to eat within your gates the tithe of your grain or new wine or oil, or the firstborn of your herd or flock, or any of your votive offerings which you vow, or your freewill offerings, or the contribution of your hand.

Romans 1:3
regarding His Son, who was a descendant of David according to flesh,

Hebrews 13:10
We have an altar from which those who serve at the tabernacle have no right to eat.
Treasury of Scripture

Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?

Israel.

Romans 4:1,12 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to …

Romans 9:3-8 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brothers, …

2 Corinthians 11:18-22 Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also…

Galatians 6:16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and …

Ephesians 2:11,12 Why remember, that you being in time past Gentiles in the flesh…

Philippians 3:3-5 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and …

are.

1 Corinthians 9:13 Do you not know that they which minister about holy things live of …

Leviticus 3:3-5,11 And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering …

Leviticus 7:11-17 And this is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which he …

1 Samuel 2:13-16 And the priest's custom with the people was, that, when any man offered …

1 Samuel 9:12,13 And they answered them, and said, He is; behold, he is before you: …

(18) Behold Israel after the flesh--i.e., Israel in its merely human aspect, not the spiritual Israel (Romans 2:28; Galatians 4:29; Galatians 6:16). The sacrifice was divided--a portion offered upon the altar and a portion taken and eaten (Deuteronomy 12:18; Deuteronomy 16:11): so whoever ate a portion of the same sacrifice was a partaker in common with (not "of," as in the English translation) the altar. This is another argument against partaking of the heathen feasts. You cannot do so without connection with the heathen altar. The example of Israel proves that.

Verse 18. - Partakers of the altar. It is better to render it "Have they not communion with the altar?" for the word is different from that in the last verse. The meaning is that, by sharing in the sacrifices, the Jews stood in direct association with the altar, the victims, and all that they symbolized (Deuteronomy 12:27). And St. Paul implied that the same thing is true of those who sympathetically partook of idol offerings. Behold Israel after the flesh,.... So the apostle calls them, to distinguish them from the Israel of God, the spiritual Israel, whether Jews or Gentiles; who are born again, believe in the true Messiah, worship God in a spiritual manner, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in fleshly things; but these were the descendants of Jacob or Israel by carnal generation, were carnal men, in the flesh, in a state of unregeneracy, and were employed in a carnal worship, in the observance of carnal commandments and ordinances; these the apostle directs to, to see, consider, and take notice of what they were doing; from whence some instruction might be taken, for the further clearing of the present point:

are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? yes, they are. The priests and Levites who waited at the altar, and ministered about holy things there, who brought the sacrifices and laid them upon the altar of the burnt offerings, where the altar consumed and devoured one part by fire, and that which was left they ate among themselves; and so as they had communion with one another in eating, they partook of the altar, of the things, or sacrifices of the altar, and showed themselves to be of the Jewish religion, and professed and declared that they worshipped the God of Israel, and would be thought to have communion with him in so doing; in like manner, such who eat of things sacrificed to idols, declared themselves to be idolaters, to be of the Pagan religion, to be worshippers of idols, and to have fellowship with them. 18. Israel after the flesh—the literal, as distinguished from the spiritual, Israel (Ro 2:29; 4:1; 9:3; Ga 4:29).

partakers of the altar—and so of God, whose is the altar; they have fellowship in God and His worship, of which the altar is the symbol.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.
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