“Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.”
King James Version (KJV)
11:15 Given her - Originally, before the arts of dress were in being.
11:16 We have no such custom here, nor any of the other churches of God - The several churches that were in the apostles' time had different customs in things that were not essential; and that under one and the same apostle, as circumstances, in different places, made it convenient. And in all things merely indifferent the custom of each place was of sufficient weight to determine prudent and peaceable men. Yet even this cannot overrule a scrupulous conscience, which really doubts whether the thing be indifferent or no. But those who are referred to here by the apostle were contentious, not conscientious, persons.
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.
11:19 There must be heresies - Divisions. Among you - In the ordinary course of things; and God permits them, that it may appear who among you are, and who are not, upright of heart.
1Co 11:17 Now in this that I declare [unto you] I praise [you] not. That their church assemblies were not orderly.
Now in this that I declare vnto you, I praise you not, that you come together not for the better, but for the worse.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan
But in giving this instruction, I do not praise you, because you come together not for the better but for the worse.
- New American Standard Version (1995)
But in giving you this charge, I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better but for the worse.
- American Standard Version (1901)
But in giving you this order, there is one thing about which I am not pleased: it is that when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse.
- Basic English Bible
But [in] prescribing [to you on] this [which I now enter on], I do not praise, [namely,] that ye come together, not for the better, but for the worse.
- Darby Bible
Now in this that I declare to you, I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.
- Webster's Bible
But while giving you these instructions, there is one thing I cannot praise--your meeting together, with bad rather than good results.
- Weymouth Bible
But in giving you this command, I don't praise you, that you come together not for the better but for the worse.
- World English Bible
But this thing Y comaunde, not preisynge, that ye comen togidere not in to the betere, but in to the worse.
- Wycliffe Bible
And this declaring, I give no praise, because not for the better, but for the worse ye come together;
- Youngs Literal Bible