1 Corinthians 11:18

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For first of all when yee come together in the Church, I heare that there be diuisions among you, and I partly beleeue it.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

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.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that divisions exist among you; and I partly believe it.
- American Standard Version (1901)

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.
- Basic English Bible

For first, when ye come together in assembly, I hear there exist divisions among you, and I partly give credit [to it].
- Darby Bible

For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there are divisions among you; and I partly believe it.
- Webster's Bible

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.
- Weymouth Bible

For first of all, when you come together in the assembly, I hear that divisions exist among you, and I partly believe it.
- World English Bible

First for whanne ye comen togidere in to the chirche, Y here that discenciouns ben, and in parti Y bileue.
- Wycliffe Bible

for first, indeed, ye coming together in an assembly, I hear of divisions being among you, and partly I believe [it],
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 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.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 11:18


1Co 11:18 When ye come together in the church. In a meeting of the church. I hear that there be divisions among you. He had spoken in chapters 1-3 of the divisions in the congregation. He now tells them that he had heard that these divisions were manifest at their church meetings.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 11:18

  • Ben Weaver for verse 18
    Since Paul is supportive of unity and very opposed to divisions elsewhere in his writings, I tend to look for his disapproval here also. He has just written "I praise you not", and imediatly afterward he is also negative, saying "This is not to eat the Lords supper". So, it seems most likely that the "approved ones" is referring to approval by the sect rather than approval by God. Their grouping made it obvious which ones were favored. Maybe this was even noticable during their suppers which caused their gathering to worsen their lives rather than improve them. May our Lord grant his wisdom.

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