1 Corinthians 11:20

20 So then, when you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat,

1 Corinthians 11:20 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper.
English Standard Version (ESV)
20 When you come together, it is not the Lord's supper that you eat.
New Living Translation (NLT)
20 When you meet together, you are not really interested in the Lord’s Supper.
The Message Bible (MSG)
20 And then I find that you bring your divisions to worship - you come together, and instead of eating the Lord's Supper,
American Standard Version (ASV)
20 When therefore ye assemble yourselves together, it is not possible to eat the Lord's supper:
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
20 When you gather in the same place, you can't possibly be eating the Lord's Supper.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
20 Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not really to eat the Lord's Supper.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
20 When you come together, it is not the Lord's Supper you eat.

1 Corinthians 11:20 Meaning and Commentary

1 Corinthians 11:20

When ye come together therefore into one place
Though (epi to auto) does not signify so much the unity of the place, as of the persons meeting together, and their conjunction; so the phrase is used by the Septuagint, in ( Deuteronomy 25:11 ) ( Joshua 11:5 ) , yet it supposes a place where the church were wont to assemble for divine worship;

this is not to eat the Lord's supper:
their view in coming together was not so much to celebrate the supper of the Lord, as to partake of their own supper, which was either the paschal supper, or something like it; which many of them "judaizing" observed before the Lord's supper, in imitation of Christ, as they pretended, who first ate the passover, and then instituted the supper. Now there being a great deal of good eating and drinking in this ante-supper, many of them came together for no other end but to partake of that, at least this was their chief view, and not the Lord's supper; or when they did meet together on this account, it was in such an irregular and disorderly manner, and they confounded these suppers together, and behaved so ill at them, and ate the Lord's supper so unworthily, that it could not be rightly called eating of it; or when they had eaten their ante-supper in such an indecent way, neither staying for one another, nor keeping within the bounds of temperance and sobriety; at least having indulged their carnal appetites to such a degree, and raised themselves to such a pitch of gaiety and cheerfulness; it was not fit for them to eat the Lord's supper, to go from such a full meal to the table of the Lord. This was called the Lord's supper, because he was the author of it; and he is the subject of it; and for him, the remembrance of him, it is appointed, kept up, and continued. The Syriac version understands it of the Lord's day, and reads it thus, "when therefore ye meet together, not as is fit for", or becomes, (Nrmd hmwyl) , "the day of our Lord, do ye eat and drink".

1 Corinthians 11:20 In-Context

18 In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it.
19 No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God’s approval.
20 So then, when you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat,
21 for when you are eating, some of you go ahead with your own private suppers. As a result, one person remains hungry and another gets drunk.
22 Don’t you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God by humiliating those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? Certainly not in this matter!
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