1 Corinthians 11:20
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New International Version
So then, when you come together, it is not the Lord's Supper you eat,

New Living Translation
When you meet together, you are not really interested in the Lord's Supper.

English Standard Version
When you come together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you eat.

Berean Study Bible
Now then, when you come together, it is not the Lord's Supper you eat.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore, of you coming together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord's supper.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore when you meet together, it is not to eat the Lord's Supper,

King James Bible
When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, when you come together, it is not really to eat the Lord's Supper.

International Standard Version
When you gather in the same place, it is not to eat the Lord's Supper.

NET Bible
Now when you come together at the same place, you are not really eating the Lord's Supper.

New Heart English Bible
When therefore you assemble yourselves together, it is not the Lord's supper that you eat.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
When therefore you assemble, it is not according to what is appropriate for the day of our Lord that you eat and drink.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When you gather in the same place, you can't possibly be eating the Lord's Supper.

New American Standard 1977
Therefore when you meet together, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper,

Jubilee Bible 2000
So that when ye come together in one place, this is not eating the Lord's supper.

King James 2000 Bible
When you come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper.

American King James Version
When you come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper.

American Standard Version
When therefore ye assemble yourselves together, it is not possible to eat the Lord's supper:

Douay-Rheims Bible
When you come therefore together into one place, it is not now to eat the Lord's supper.

Darby Bible Translation
When ye come therefore together into one place, it is not to eat [the] Lord's supper.

English Revised Version
When therefore ye assemble yourselves together, it is not possible to eat the Lord's supper:

Webster's Bible Translation
When therefore ye come together in one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper.

Weymouth New Testament
When, however, you meet in one place, there is no eating the Supper of the Lord;

World English Bible
When therefore you assemble yourselves together, it is not the Lord's supper that you eat.

Young's Literal Translation
ye, then, coming together at the same place -- it is not to eat the Lord's supper;
Study Bible
Sharing in the Lord's Supper
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. 21For as you eat, many of you proceed with your own meal to the exclusion of others. While one remains hungry, another gets drunk.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 11:19
And indeed, there must be differences among you to show which of you are approved.

1 Corinthians 11:21
For as you eat, many of you proceed with your own meal to the exclusion of others. While one remains hungry, another gets drunk.

Jude 1:12
These men are the hidden reefs in your love feasts, shamelessly feasting with you but shepherding only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried along by the wind; fruitless trees in autumn, twice dead after being uprooted.
Treasury of Scripture

When you come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper.

this is not to eat. or, ye cannot eat.

1 Corinthians 11:20 When you come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat …

(20) When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper.--Better, Therefore, when you assemble in the same place, it is not to eat the supper dedicated to the Lord. Regarding 1Corinthians 11:19 as a parenthesis, the word "therefore" connects this with 1Corinthians 11:18. There being divisions among you, it is not possible for you when you assemble as a Church body ("in the same place" being equivalent to "in church" of 1Corinthians 11:18) to partake of that supper which is dedicated to the Lord. The whole meal, or "charity-feast" (Jude 1:12), was distinguished from other meals by being united with the Lord's Supper. To these charity-feasts the Christians brought contributions of food--the rich of their abundance, the poor whatever they could afford--and the food thus provided was partaken of in common by all. The Greek words in this verse for "Lord's Supper" are more general (kuriakon deipnon) than those used in 1Corinthians 11:27 and in 1Corinthians 10:16; 1Corinthians 10:21 (kuriou). The whole meal was dedicated to the Lord by virtue of its union with the sacramental Supper of the Lord.

Verse 20. - Into one place. There were as yet no churches. The Lord's Supper was held in private houses. This is not; or perhaps, it is not possible. The Lord's Supper. The fact that there is no article in the Greek shows the early prevalence of this name for the Eucharist. When ye come together therefore into one place,.... Though does not signify so much the unity of the place, as of the persons meeting together, and their conjunction; so the phrase is used by the Septuagint, in Deuteronomy 25:11, yet it supposes a place where the church were wont to assemble for divine worship;

this is not to eat the Lord's supper: their view in coming together was not so much to celebrate the supper of the Lord, as to partake of their own supper, which was either the paschal supper, or something like it; which many of them "judaizing" observed before the Lord's supper, in imitation of Christ, as they pretended, who first ate the passover, and then instituted the supper. Now there being a great deal of good eating and drinking in this ante-supper, many of them came together for no other end but to partake of that, at least this was their chief view, and not the Lord's supper; or when they did meet together on this account, it was in such an irregular and disorderly manner, and they confounded these suppers together, and behaved so ill at them, and ate the Lord's supper so unworthily, that it could not be rightly called eating of it; or when they had eaten their ante-supper in such an indecent way, neither staying for one another, nor keeping within the bounds of temperance and sobriety; at least having indulged their carnal appetites to such a degree, and raised themselves to such a pitch of gaiety and cheerfulness; it was not fit for them to eat the Lord's supper, to go from such a full meal to the table of the Lord. This was called the Lord's supper, because he was the author of it; and he is the subject of it; and for him, the remembrance of him, it is appointed, kept up, and continued. The Syriac version understands it of the Lord's day, and reads it thus, "when therefore ye meet together, not as is fit for", or becomes, , "the day of our Lord, do ye eat and drink". 20. When … therefore—Resuming the thread of discourse from 1Co 11:18.

this is not to—rather, "there is no such thing as eating the Lord's Supper"; it is not possible where each is greedily intent only on devouring "HIS OWN supper," and some are excluded altogether, not having been waited for (1Co 11:33), where some are "drunken," while others are "hungry" (1Co 11:21). The love-feast usually preceded the Lord's Supper (as eating the Passover came before the Lord's Supper at the first institution of the latter). It was a club-feast, where each brought his portion, and the rich, extra portions for the poor; from it the bread and wine were taken for the Eucharist; and it was at it that the excesses took place, which made a true celebration of the Lord's Supper during or after it, with true discernment of its solemnity, out of the question.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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