New American Standard Bible
Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread.
King James Bible
For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.
Darby Bible Translation
Because we, being many, are one loaf, one body; for we all partake of that one loaf.
World English Bible
Because there is one loaf of bread, we, who are many, are one body; for we all partake of the one loaf of bread.
Young's Literal Translation
because one bread, one body, are we the many -- for we all of the one bread do partake.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For we - We Christians. "Being many." Greek "The many" (οἱ πολλοί hoi polloi). This idea is not, as our translation would seem to indicate, that Christians were numerous, but that "all" (for οἱ πολλοί hoi polloi is here evidently used in the sense of παντες pantes, "all") were united, and constituted one society.
Are one bread - One loaf; one cake. That is, we are united, or are one. There is evident allusion here to the fact that the loaf or cake was composed of many separate grains of wheat, or portions of flour united in one; or, that as one loaf was broken and partaken by all, it was implied that they were all one. We are all one society; united as one, and for the same object. Our partaking of the same bread is an emblem of the fact that we are one. In almost all nations the act of eating together has been regarded as a symbol of unity or friendship.
And one body - One society; united together.
For we are all partakers ... - And we thus show publicly that we are united, and belong to the same great family. The argument is, that if we partake of the feasts in honor of idols with their worshippers, we shall thus show that we are a part of their society.
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so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
1 Corinthians 12:12
For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:27
Now you are Christ's body, and individually members of it.
and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.
There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;
from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.
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