1 Corinthians 11:18
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.

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.

New King James Version
For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are 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.

NASB 1995
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.

NASB 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.

Amplified Bible
For, in the first place, when you meet together in church, I hear that there are divisions among you; and in part I believe it,

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.

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.

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.

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.

Contemporary English Version
I am told you can't get along with each other when you worship, and I am sure that some of what I have heard is true.

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.

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.

Good News Translation
In the first place, I have been told that there are opposing groups in your meetings; and this I believe is partly true. (

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.

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.

Literal Standard Version
for first, indeed, coming together in an assembly, I hear of divisions being 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.

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,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Sharing in the Lord's Supper
17In the following instructions I have no praise to offer, because your gatherings do more harm than good. 18 First 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, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment…

1 Corinthians 3:3
For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

1 Corinthians 5:1
It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.

divisions.

1 Corinthians 1:10
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

1 Corinthians 3:3
For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
First of all,
πρῶτον (prōton)
Adverb - Superlative
Strong's 4412: First, in the first place, before, formerly. Neuter of protos as adverb; firstly.

I hear that
ἀκούω (akouō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's 191: To hear, listen, comprehend by hearing; pass: is heard, reported. A primary verb; to hear.

[when] you
ὑμῶν (hymōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

come together
συνερχομένων (synerchomenōn)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 4905: From sun and erchomai; to convene, depart in company with, associate with, or, cohabit.

as
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

a church,
ἐκκλησίᾳ (ekklēsia)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 1577: From a compound of ek and a derivative of kaleo; a calling out, i.e. a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation.

there are
ὑπάρχειν (hyparchein)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's 5225: To begin, am, exist, be in possession. From hupo and archomai; to begin under, i.e. Come into existence; expletively, to exist (verb).

divisions
σχίσματα (schismata)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 4978: A rent, as in a garment; a division, dissention. From schizo; a split or gap, literally or figuratively.

among
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

you,
ὑμῖν (hymin)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

in part
μέρος (meros)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's 3313: A part, portion, share. From an obsolete but more primary form of meiromai; a division or share.

I believe
πιστεύω (pisteuō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's 4100: From pistis; to have faith, i.e. Credit; by implication, to entrust.

it.
τι (ti)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's 5100: Any one, some one, a certain one or thing. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.


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