1 Corinthians 11:19
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New International Version
No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God's approval.

New Living Translation
But, of course, there must be divisions among you so that you who have God's approval will be recognized!

English Standard Version
for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized.

Berean Study Bible
And indeed, there must be differences among you to show which of you are approved.

Berean Literal Bible
For also it behooves there to be factions among you, so that also the approved should become evident among you.

New American Standard Bible
For there must also be factions among you, so that those who are approved may become evident among you.

King James Bible
For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There must, indeed, be factions among you, so that those who are approved may be recognized among you.

International Standard Version
Of course, there must be factions among you to show which of you are genuine!

NET Bible
For there must in fact be divisions among you, so that those of you who are approved may be evident.

New Heart English Bible
For there also must be factions among you, that those who are approved may be revealed among you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
There are going to be contentions among you, that those who are approved among you may be known.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Factions have to exist in order to make it clear who the genuine believers among you are.

New American Standard 1977
For there must also be factions among you, in order that those who are approved may have become evident among you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For it is expedient that there also be heresies among you, so that those who are proved may become manifest among you.

King James 2000 Bible
For there must be also heresies among you, that they who are approved may be made manifest among you.

American King James Version
For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

American Standard Version
For there must be also factions among you, that they that are approved may be made manifest among you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For there must be also heresies: that they also, who are approved, may be made manifest among you.

Darby Bible Translation
For there must also be sects among you, that the approved may become manifest among you.

English Revised Version
For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

Webster's Bible Translation
For there must be also heresies among you, that they who are approved may be made manifest among you.

Weymouth New Testament
For there must of necessity be differences of opinion among you, in order that it may be plainly seen who are the men of sterling worth among you.

World English Bible
For there also must be factions among you, that those who are approved may be revealed among you.

Young's Literal Translation
for it behoveth sects also to be among you, that those approved may become manifest among you;
Study Bible
Sharing in the Lord's Supper
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. 20Now then, when you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 13:3
you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the LORD your God is testing you to find out if you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

Matthew 18:7
Woe to the world for the causes of sin. These stumbling blocks must come, but woe to the man through whom they come!

Luke 17:1
Jesus said to His disciples, "It is inevitable that stumbling blocks will come, but woe to the one through whom they come!

1 Corinthians 11:20
Now then, when you come together, it is not the Lord's Supper you eat.

2 Corinthians 12:20
For I am afraid that when I come, I may not find you as I wish, and you may not find me as you wish. I fear that there may be quarreling, jealousy, rage, rivalry, slander, gossip, arrogance, and disorder.

Galatians 5:20
idolatry and sorcery; hatred, discord, jealousy, and rage; rivalries, divisions, factions,

1 Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit expressly states that in later times some will abandon the faith to follow deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons,

2 Peter 2:1
Now there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies that even deny the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction on themselves.

1 John 2:19
They went out from us, but they did not belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But their departure made it clear that none of them belonged to us.
Treasury of Scripture

For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

there.

Matthew 18:7 Woe to the world because of offenses! for it must needs be that offenses …

Luke 17:1 Then said he to the disciples, It is impossible but that offenses …

Acts 20:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, …

1 Timothy 4:1,2 Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall …

2 Peter 2:1,2 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there …

heresies. or, sects.

Acts 5:17 Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which …

Acts 15:5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, …

Acts 24:5,14 For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition …

Acts 26:5 Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after …

Acts 28:22 But we desire to hear of you what you think: for as concerning this …

Galatians 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, jealousies, wrath, strife, …

Titus 3:10 A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject;

which.

Deuteronomy 13:3 You shall not listen to the words of that prophet, or that dreamer …

Luke 2:35 (Yes, a sword shall pierce through your own soul also,) that the …

2 Corinthians 13:5-7 Examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith; prove your own selves. …

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been …

(19) For there must be also heresies.--Better, For there must be also sects. There have been many attempts to explain where lies the difference between the "divisions" of the former verse and the "sects" of this verse. From all that we know of the Apostolic Church it is clear that neither of these words can mean sects separated from the Church, but "parties" in the Church. Christ had foretold (Matthew 18:7) that "stumbling-blocks," or "scandals," must arise in the Church, and it is possible that our Lord on some occasion spoke of these as "sects" (Justin Martyr attributes the use of this very word to our Lord); and St. Paul, possibly, uses the word here because it was the one traditionally reported as having been used by Christ in some of His unrecorded utterances. Christ has foretold that in the divine economy of permission such divisions will arise. They are allowed because this is a state of continual judgment; and the existence of such "offences" will be God's means of manifesting those who are void of offence, and those who are not.

Verse 19. - There must be also heresies among you. It results from the inevitable decrees of the Divine providence. "It is impossible but that offences will come" (Luke 17:11). Heresies. The word does not mean "erroneous opinions," but party factions. Originally the word only means "a choice," and is not used in a bad sense; but since the opinionativeness of men pushes "a choice" into a "party," and since it is the invariable tendency of a party to degenerate into a "faction," the word soon acquires a bad sense (see its use in Acts 5:17; Acts 15:5; Acts 24:5, 14: 28:22; Galatians 5:20; Titus 3:10; 2 Peter 2:1; and Gieseler, 'Church Hist.,' 1:149). The mutually railing factions, which in their Church newspapers and elsewhere bandy about their false and rival charges of "heresy," are illustrating the virulence of the very sin which they are professing to denounce - the sin of factiousness. That they which are approved may be made manifest among you. Similarly St. John (1 John 2:19) speaks of the aberrations of false teachers as destined to prove that they did not belong to the true Church. Good is educed out of seeming evil (James 1:3; 1 Peter 1:6, 7). Approved; standing the test (dokimoi), the opposite of the "reprobate" (adokimoi) of 1 Corinthians 9:27. For there must be also heresies among you.... This is a reason why he was ready to believe there might be something of truth in the report he had received of the divisions among them; for if there were heresies, false doctrines, and bad principles, among them, such as were subversive of the fundamentals of Christianity, as the denial of the resurrection of the dead, &c. it was no wonder that there were schisms and factions among them, since heresies generally issue in them. These, the apostle says, "must be"; because God has decreed they shall, whose counsel is immutable, and his purpose unalterable; and since this always was the case, that there were false prophets under the former dispensation, it must be expected that false teachers will arise in the churches now, bringing in damnable heresies; and since Satan is always busy to sow the tares of false doctrine; and human nature, being both weak and wicked, is so susceptible thereof, and so easily imposed upon and deceived, it cannot be thought that it should be otherwise; which, by the goodness and wisdom of God, are overruled to a very good purpose:

that they which are approved: who sincerely believe in Christ, are sound in the faith, and have a well grounded experience of it; who have themselves tried things that differ, and approve of them that are excellent, and have been tried by others, and found to be sincere, upright, and faithful, and are approved of God and good men:

may be made manifest among you; by their steadfastness in the faith, their zealous attachment to it, earnest contention for it, and warm and honest vindication of it; and by the departure of those from them who oppose it, and go on the side of error and heresy; by which means it is known who are the sincere followers of the Lamb, in doctrine, discipline, and conversation, and who not. 19. heresies—Not merely "schisms" or "divisions" (1Co 11:18), which are "recent dissensions of the congregation through differences of opinion" [Augustine, Con. Crescon. Don. 2.7, quoted by Trench, Greek Synonyms of the New Testament], but also "heresies," that is, "schisms which have now become inveterate"; "Sects" [Campbell, vol. 2, pp. 126, 127]: so Ac 5:17; 15:5 translate the same Greek. At present there were dissensions at the love-feasts; but Paul, remembering Jesus' words (Mt 18:7; 24:10, 12; Lu 17:1) foresees "there must be (come) also" matured separations, and established parties in secession, as separatists. The "must be" arises from sin in professors necessarily bearing its natural fruits: these are overruled by God to the probation of character of both the godly and the ungodly, and to the discipline of the former for glory. "Heresies" had not yet its technical sense ecclesiastically, referring to doctrinal errors: it means confirmed schisms. St. Augustine's rule is a golden rule as regards questions of heresy and catholicity: "In doubtful questions, liberty; in essentials, unity; in all things, charity."

that … approved may be made manifest—through the disapproved (reprobates) becoming manifested (Lu 2:35; 1Jo 2:19).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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