1 Corinthians 11:18
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New International Version
In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it.

New Living Translation
First, I hear that there are divisions among you when you meet as a church, and to some extent I believe it.

English Standard Version
For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part,

Berean Study Bible
First of all, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it.

Berean Literal Bible
For first indeed, of you coming together in an assembly, I hear there to be divisions among you, and in part I believe it.

New American Standard Bible
For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that divisions exist among you; and in part I believe it.

King James Bible
For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For to begin with, I hear that when you come together as a church there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it.

International Standard Version
For in the first place, I hear that when you gather as a church there are divisions among you, and I partly believe it.

NET Bible
For in the first place, when you come together as a church I hear there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it.

New Heart English Bible
For first of all, when you come together in the church, I hear that divisions exist among you, and I partly believe it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For whenever you gather with the assembly, I have heard that there is division among you, and certain things I believe.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In the first place, I hear that when you gather as a church you split up into opposing groups. I believe some of what I hear.

New American Standard 1977
For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that divisions exist among you; and in part, I believe it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For first of all, when ye come together in the congregation {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones}, I hear that there are divisions among you; and I partly believe it.

King James 2000 Bible
For first of all, when you come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.

American King James Version
For first of all, when you come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.

American Standard Version
For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that divisions exist among you; and I partly believe it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For first of all I hear that when you come together in the church, there are schisms among you; and in part I believe it.

Darby Bible Translation
For first, when ye come together in assembly, I hear there exist divisions among you, and I partly give credit [to it].

English Revised Version
For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that divisions exist among you; and I partly believe it.

Webster's Bible Translation
For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there are divisions among you; and I partly believe it.

Weymouth New Testament
for, in the first place, when you meet as a Church, there are divisions among you. This is what I am told, and I believe that there is some truth in it.

World English Bible
For first of all, when you come together in the assembly, I hear that divisions exist among you, and I partly believe it.

Young's Literal Translation
for first, indeed, ye coming together in an assembly, I hear of divisions being among you, and partly I believe it,
Study Bible
Sharing in the Lord's Supper
17In the following instructions I have no praise to offer, because your gatherings do more harm than good. 18First of all, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it. 19And indeed, there must be differences among you to show which of you are approved.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 1:10
I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree together, so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be united in mind and conviction.

1 Corinthians 3:3
for you are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and dissension among you, are you not worldly? Are you not walking in the way of man?
Treasury of Scripture

For first of all, when you come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.

I hear.

1 Corinthians 1:10-12 Now I beseech you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, …

1 Corinthians 3:3 For you are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and …

1 Corinthians 5:1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and …

1 Corinthians 6:1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before …

divisions. or, schisms.

1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I beseech you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, …

1 Corinthians 3:3 For you are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and …

(18) For first of all.--We in vain look for the "secondly," which, in a perfectly systematic treatise, should follow this "first." Some writers maintain that 1Corinthians 11:18-19 form the first point, and 1Corinthians 11:20-34 the second. There is, however, no indication of a new subject being introduced with 1Corinthians 11:20, but the repetition of the words "come together" carries the mind back at once to the "come together" in 1Corinthians 11:18, and indicates the continuation of the subject there commenced, and from which the Apostle had, at the mention of the word "divisions," for a moment parenthetically digressed.

It is better to consider the "first point" to be the abuse regarding the Lord's Supper, which is more immediately treated of; and the "second point," the abuse of spiritual gifts, commencing with 1Corinthians 12:1. They are two branches of the one general subject, viz., "Irregularities in religious assemblies," and although the latter is not connected with the former by a definite "secondly," there is a sufficient verbal indication that a second topic is entered upon. It is well to remember in this and similar cases that this is not a treatise, but a letter, and not only a letter, but an answer to a letter, and that if we had a copy of the epistle to which this is a reply, many points of sequence and arrangement, which at present present difficulties, would be as clear to us as they were to those who originally received this Epistle.

When ye come together in the church.--The reference here is not to a locality, but to the character of the assembly, as we should say "in church," or, "in parliament." The spirit of faction, which has already, in the earlier part of this Epistle, been dealt with, as pervading Christian society, had invaded the Christian assemblies.

I partly believe it.--These words are full of the courtesy and charity so characteristic of the Apostle; and they suggest to us all a lesson regarding our belief of evil reports, even when reaching us on "the very best authority." The general practice is to believe a little more than we are told. St. Paul believed a part only of what he was told.

Verse 18. - First of all. The "second" rebuke is not clearly stated, but is no doubt meant to refer to the abuses in "speaking with the tongue." In the Church; rather, in congregation, or assembly. The reference is not to a particular building. The Lord's Supper was administered frequently (originally every day, Acts 2:46), and often in private houses. Divisions; schisms (ch. 1:10, 12). Here, however, he is referring to cliques and quarrels at the love feasts. Partly! cannot think, he says, in a tone of kindness, that these reports are wholly false. There must be some ground for them, even if the facts have been exaggerated. For first of all, when ye come together in the church,.... The place where the church met together to perform divine service, called "one place". 1 Corinthians 11:20 and is distinguished from their own "houses", 1 Corinthians 11:22 and the first thing he took notice of as worthy of dispraise and reproof, in their religious assemblies, were their animosities and factions:

I hear that there be divisions among you: schisms and parties, either about their ministers, one being for Paul, another for Apollos, and another for Cephas; or in the celebration of the Lord's supper, and that which went before it, they going into separate bodies, and partook by themselves, and each took his own supper before another, one ate, and another did not. This the apostle had heard from the house of Chloe:

and I partly believe it; meaning, either that this was the practice of a part of the church to do so, though not of them all; or that part of the report that had been made to him was true; though he hoped in that charity which hopeth all things, that it was not quite so bad as was feared or represented, since things are generally heightened and increased by fame; but yet he had it from such good hands, that he could not but believe there was something in it. So the Syriac version renders it, , "and something, something I believe". 18. first of all—In the first place. The "divisions" (Greek, "schisms") meant, are not merely those of opinion (1Co 1:10), but in outward acts at the love-feasts (Agapæ), (1Co 11:21). He does not follow up the expression, "in the first place," by "in the second place." But though not expressed, a second abuse was in his mind when he said, "In the first place," namely, THE ABUSE OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS, which also created disorder in their assemblies [Alford], (1Co 12:1; 14:23, 26, 33, 40).

in the church—not the place of worship; for Isidore of Pelusium denies that there were such places specially set apart for worship in the apostles' times [Epistle, 246.2]. But, "in the assembly" or "congregation"; in convocation for worship, where especially love, order, and harmony should prevail. The very ordinance instituted for uniting together believers in one body, was made an occasion of "divisions" (schisms).

partly—He hereby excepts the innocent. "I am unwilling to believe all I hear, but some I cannot help believing" [Alford]: while my love is unaffected by it [Bengel].11:17-22 The apostle rebukes the disorders in their partaking of the Lord's supper. The ordinances of Christ, if they do not make us better, will be apt to make us worse. If the use of them does not mend, it will harden. Upon coming together, they fell into divisions, schisms. Christians may separate from each other's communion, yet be charitable one towards another; they may continue in the same communion, yet be uncharitable. This last is schism, rather than the former. There is a careless and irregular eating of the Lord's supper, which adds to guilt. Many rich Corinthians seem to have acted very wrong at the Lord's table, or at the love-feasts, which took place at the same time as the supper. The rich despised the poor, and ate and drank up the provisions they brought, before the poor were allowed to partake; thus some wanted, while others had more than enough. What should have been a bond of mutual love and affection, was made an instrument of discord and disunion. We should be careful that nothing in our behaviour at the Lord's table, appears to make light of that sacred institution. The Lord's supper is not now made an occasion for gluttony or revelling, but is it not often made the support of self-righteous pride, or a cloak for hypocrisy? Let us never rest in the outward forms of worship; but look to our hearts.
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