1 Corinthians 11:28

“But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But let a man examine himselfe, and so let him eate of that bread, and drinke of that cup.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But let a man prove himself, and so let him eat of the bread, and drink of the cup.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But let no man take of the bread and the cup without testing himself.
- Basic English Bible

But let a man prove himself, and thus eat of the bread, and drink of the cup.
- Darby Bible

But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
- Webster's Bible

But let a man examine himself, and, having done that, then let him eat the bread and drink from the cup.
- Weymouth Bible

But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread, and drink of the cup.
- World English Bible

But preue a man hym silf, and so ete he of `the ilke breed, and drynke of the cuppe.
- Wycliffe Bible

and let a man be proving himself, and so of the bread let him eat, and of the cup let him drink;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 11:28


11:28 But let a man examine himself - Whether he know the nature and the design of the institution, and whether it be his own desire and purpose throughly to comply therewith.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 11:28


1Co 11:28 Let a man examine himself, etc. To see whether he can eat in loving remembrance of the death of Christ.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 11:28

  • I understand that we must come boldly before the throne of grace never with a sense of condemnation but trusting that the finished work of Jesus Christ is sufficient. It paid all our sin debt and receiving, acknowledging and rejoicing in that gift we can come in Christ as the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus 1 John 4:17 to partake of His body and blood. Our worthiness to take it lies in His redemptive sacrifice which we are remembering. We are never the issue. He is, His finished work is. Look to ourselves and we are condemned. Look to Jesus and we are justified by faith in His finished work.
  • I think it means that we should examine the sin in our lives and see how unworthy of we are God 's grace so that we come to and leave to share the cross with humility
  • Reading 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 (especially verse 33 and 34) will give you the full context of what it is meant by "examine yourselves". Verse 33 says "So Then brothers and sisters, when you eat, you shall all eat together. Anyone who is hungry should eat at home, so that when you meet together it will not result in judgment. The context of that portion of scripture was because they spent all day traveling to meet together in the beginning of that century (travel to Corinth). The apostle Paul heard about the divisions among them when they would bring food from home and possible eat during services.
  • Wesley Prichard for verse 28
    Hey Julie, I have pulled a few scriptures, also from paul, to further explain what "examine" means in the context of the verse. Examine in the concordance actually means 'to test'. I hope these help.

    Gal_5:16-17 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

    Gal_5:24-26 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
  • I'm still trying to figure out exactly what "examine" is meaning in this verse. No one would be able to take communion if absolutely nothing was wrong with anybody. I believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and believes He's coming back...is that not enough?
  • Ladonte merritt for verse 28
    i love god word and is knowledge because god try to help us to live our life right but let a man examine himself and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup i think that we have to followers lord first because he is the lord our god

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