IX. Dealing with
the Lord's Supper
A. The Rebuking of the Disorder
17 1But I give you 2this charge and do not apraise you, because you bcome together not for the better but for the worse.
18 For first of all, when you come together 1ain the church, I hear that bdivisions exist among you; and some part of it I believe.
19 For there must even be 1parties among you, that those who are 2approved may become 3manifest among you.
20 When therefore you come together in the same place, it is not to eat the 1Lord's supper;
21 For in your eating, each one takes his own 1supper first, and one is hungry and the other is drunk.
22 Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the achurch of God and bput those to shame who have not? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? In this I do not cpraise you.
B. The Review of the Definition
23 For I areceived from the Lord that which also I delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus bin the night in which He was 1cbetrayed dtook bread,
24 And having given thanks, He 1broke it and said, This is My body, which is given for you; this do 2unto the 3remembrance of Me.
25 Similarly also the cup after they had dined, saying, This 1cup is the anew covenant established in My blood; this do, as often as you 2drink it, unto the remembrance of Me.
26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you 1declare the Lord's death 2until He acomes.
C. The Need of Proving and Discerning
27 So then whoever aeats the bbread or adrinks the bcup of the Lord in an 1unworthy manner will 2be guilty of the body and of the cblood of the Lord.
28 But let a man 1aprove himself, and in this way let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
29 For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks 1judgment to himself if he does not 2discern 3the body.
D. The Discipline of the Lord
30 Because of 1this many among you are 2weak and sick, and a number 3asleep.
31 But if we 1discerned ourselves, we would not be judged.
32 But being 1judged by the Lord, we are adisciplined that we may not be 2bcondemned with the world.
33 So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, 1wait for one another.
34 If anyone is hungry, let him eat at ahome, that you may not bcome together for judgment. And the 1rest I will set in order when I come.