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1 Corinthians 11:31

    1 Corinthians 11:31 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But if we discerned ourselves, we should not be judged.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But if we were true judges of ourselves, punishment would not come on us.

    Webster's Revision

    But if we discerned ourselves, we should not be judged.

    World English Bible

    For if we discerned ourselves, we wouldn't be judged.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But if we discerned ourselves, we should not be judged.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 11:31

    If we would judge ourselves - If, having acted improperly, we condemn our conduct and humble ourselves, we shall not be judged, i.e. punished for the sin we have committed.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 11:31

    For if we would judge ourselves - If we would examine ourselves, 1 Corinthians 11:28; if we would exercise a strict scrutiny over our hearts and feelings, and conduct, and come to the Lord's Table with a proper spirit, we should escape the condemnation to which they are exposed who observe it in an improper manner. If we would exercise proper "severity" and "honesty" in determining our own character and fitness for the ordinance, we should not expose ourselves to the divine displeasure.

    We should not be judged - We should not be exposed to the expression of God's disapprobation. He refers here to the punishment which had come upon the Corinthians for their improper manner of observing the ordinance; and he says that if they had properly examined themselves, and had understood the nature of the ordinance, that they would have escaped the judgments that had come upon them. This is as true now as it was then. If we wish to escape the divine displeasure; if we wish the communion to be followed with joy, and peace, and growth in grace, and not with blighting and spiritual barrenness, we should exercise a severe judgment on our character, and feelings, and motives; and should come to it with a sincere desire to honor Christ, and to advance in the divine life.