But now when I mention this next issue, I cannot praise you. For it sounds as if more harm than good is done when you meet together.
First of all, I hear that there are divisions among you when you meet as a church, and to some extent I believe it.
But, of course, there must be divisions among you so that those of you who are right will be recognized!
It's not the Lord's Supper you are concerned about when you come together.
For I am told that some of you hurry to eat your own meal without sharing with others. As a result, some go hungry while others get drunk.
What? Is this really true? Don't you have your own homes for eating and drinking? Or do you really want to disgrace the church of God and shame the poor? What am I supposed to say about these things? Do you want me to praise you? Well, I certainly do not!
For this is what the Lord himself said, and I pass it on to you just as I received it. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took a loaf of bread,
and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is given a for you. Do this in remembrance of me." 25
In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant between God and you, sealed by the shedding of my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it." 26
For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord's death until he comes again.
So if anyone eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily, that person is guilty of sinning against the body and the blood of the Lord.
That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking from the cup.
For if you eat the bread or drink the cup unworthily, not honoring the body of Christ, b you are eating and drinking God's judgment upon yourself.
That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died.
But if we examine ourselves, we will not be examined by God and judged in this way.
But when we are judged and disciplined by the Lord, we will not be condemned with the world.
So, dear brothers and sisters, c when you gather for the Lord's Supper, wait for each other.
If you are really hungry, eat at home so you won't bring judgment upon yourselves when you meet together. I'll give you instructions about the other matters after I arrive.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)