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1 Corinthians 11:18

    1 Corinthians 11:18 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    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 (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For first of all, it has come to my ears that when you come together in the church, there are divisions among you, and I take the statement to be true in part.

    Webster's Revision

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

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Definitions for 1 Corinthians 11:18

    Church - Assembly of "called out" ones.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 11:18

    There be divisions among you - They had σχισματα, schisms, among them: the old parties were kept up, even in the place where they assembled to eat the Lord's Supper. The Paulians, the Kephites, and the Apollonians, continued to be distinct parties; and ate their meals separately, even in the same house.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 11:18

    For first of all - That is, I mention as the first thing to be reproved.

    When ye come together in the church - When you come together in a religious assembly; when you convene for public worship. The word "church" here does not mean, as it frequently does with us, a "building." No instance of such a use of the word occurs in the New Testament; but it means when they came together as a Christian assembly; when they convened for the worship of God. These divisions took place then; and from some cause which it seems then operated to produce alienations and strifes.

    I hear - I have learned through some members of the family of Chloe; 1 Corinthians 1:11.

    That there be divisions among you - Greek, as in the margin, Schisms. The word properly means a rent, such as is made in cloth Matthew 9:16; Mark 2:21, and then a division, a split, a faction among people; John 7:43; John 9:10; John 10:19. It does not mean here that they had proceeded so far as to form separate churches, but that there was discord and division in the church itself; see the notes on 1 Corinthians 1:10-11.

    And I partly believe it - I credit a part of the reports; I have reason to think, that, though the evil may have been exaggerated, yet that it is true at least in part. I believe that there are dissensions in the church that should be reproved.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Corinthians 11:18

    11:18 In the church - In the public assembly. I hear there are schisms among you; and I partly believe it - That is, I believe it of some of you. It is plain that by schisms is not meant any separation from the church, but uncharitable divisions in it; for the Corinthians continued to be one church; and, notwithstanding all their strife and contention, there was no separation of any one party from the rest, with regard to external communion. And it is in the same sense that the word is used, 1Co 1:10; 1Co 12:25; which are the only places in the New Testament, beside this, where church schisms are mentioned. Therefore, the indulging any temper contrary to this tender care of each other is the true scriptural schism. This is, therefore, a quite different thing from that orderly separation from corrupt churches which later ages have stigmatized as schisms; and have made a pretence for the vilest cruelties, oppressions, and murders, that have troubled the Christian world. Both heresies and schisms are here mentioned in very near the same sense; unless by schisms be meant, rather, those inward animosities which occasion heresies; that is, outward divisions or parties: so that whilst one said, I am of Paul, another, I am of Apollos, this implied both schism and heresy. So wonderfully have later ages distorted the words heresy and schism from their scriptural meaning. Heresy is not, in all the Bible, taken for an error in fundamentals, or in anything else; nor schism, for any separation made from the outward communion of others. Therefore, both heresy and schism, in the modern sense of the words, are sins that the scripture knows nothing of; but were invented merely to deprive mankind of the benefit of private judgment, and liberty of conscience.