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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes
1 Corinthians 11



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Verse 1

Be = Become.

followers = imitators. Greek. mimetes. See 1 Corinthians 4:16.

Christ. App-98.

Verse 2

praise. Greek. epaineo. Elsewhere, verses: 1 Corinthians 11:17, 1 Corinthians 11:22. Luke 16:8 (commend). Romans 15:11 (laud).

keep = hold fast. Greek. katecho, as in 1 Thessalonians 5:21, Hebrews 3:6, Hebrews 3:14; Hebrews 10:23.

ordinances. Greek. paradosis. Elsewhere, twelve times, always translated "tradition".

delivered. Greek. paradidomi. See John 19:30.

Verse 3

would. App-102.

have you = that you should.

know. App-132. Compare 1 Corinthians 10:1. In the rest of the verse are the Figures of speech Anaphora and Climax. App-6.

man. App-123.

woman. In this clause woman means wife, and man husband. Compare Ephesians 5:23.

God. App-98.

Verse 4

praying. App-134.

prophesying. App-189.

his head covered. Literally (something) upon (App-104.) the head.

dishonoureth. Greek. kataischuno. See Romans 5:5.

his head. i.e. Christ in Whom he has access to God with unveiled face (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Verse 5

uncovered = unveiled. Greek. akatakaluptos. Only here and 1 Corinthians 11:13.

even all, &c. = one and the same with a shaven (one). If she discards the covering which is the symbol of her position, she may as well discard that which nature has given.

shaven. Greek. xurao. See Acts 21:24.

Verse 6

if. App-118.

not. App-105.

covered. Greek. katakaluptomai. Only here and 1 Corinthians 11:7.

also be shorn = be shorn also.

shorn. See Acts 8:32.

Verse 7

forasmuch as he is = being originally. Greek. huparcho. See Luke 9:48.

image. Greek. eikon. See Romans 1:23. Compare Genesis 1:27; Genesis 9:6.

Verse 9

Neither, &c. And truly the man was not (Greek. ou).

for = on account of. App-104. 1 Corinthians 11:2.

Verse 10

For this cause = On account of (as above) this.

power = authority (App-172.), i.e. the sign of authority, a veil, which betokened subjection to her husband. Compare Genesis 24:65.

on. App-104.

because of = on account of, as above.

the angels. Compare Genesis 6:2. 2 Peter 2:4. Jude 1:6. Cannot refer to the bishop or other officer; for why should he be affected more than the other men in the congregation?

Verse 11

neither. Greek. oute.

without = apart from. Greek. choris.

in. App-104.

the Lord. No art. App-98. Compare Galatians 3:28.

Verse 12

by = through. App-104. 1 Corinthians 11:1.

all things. Compare 1 Corinthians 8:6. 2 Corinthians 5:18. Ephesians 3:9.

Verse 13

Judge. App-122. Figure of speech Anacoenosis. App-6.

is it comely = is it becoming. Greek. prepei. Elsewhere, Matthew 3:15. Ephesians 5:3. 1 Timothy 2:10. Titus 2:1. Hebrews 2:10; Hebrews 7:26.

Verse 14

not even. Greek. oude.

if. App-118.

have long hair = let the hair grow. Greek. komao. Only here and 1 Corinthians 11:15.

shame. Greek. atimia. See Romans 1:26.

Verse 15

hair. Greek. kome. Only here.

is = has been.

for = instead of. App-104.

covering. Greek. peribolaion. Only here and Hebrews 1:12 (vesture).

Verse 16

any man = any one. App-123.

contentious = fond of strife. Greek. philoneikos. Only here.

custom. See John 18:39.

neither. Greek. oude.

churches. App-186.

Verse 17

in this, &c. = declaring this. Greek. parangello. See Acts 1:4.

come together. Greek. sunerchomai. This was a voluntary assembling, not the authoritative "being gathered to His name" of Matthew 18:20.

for = unto. App-104.

Verse 18

the. All the texts omit. "In church" means "in assembly". No buildings were set apart for Christian worship so early as this.

be. Greek. huparcho. See Luke 9:48.

divisions. Greek. schisma. See 1 Corinthians 1:10.

among. App-104.

partly believe it = believe some part (of it), or believe it of some part of you.

believe. App-150.

Verse 19

also heresies = heresies also.

heresies = sects. See Acts 5:17.

that = in order that. Greek. hina.

approved. Greek. dokimos. See Romans 14:18.

be made = become. This is the reason why divisions are permitted, but is no justification of them. Compare 1 John 2:19.

Verse 20

into one place. Greek. epi to auto. See Acts 2:1. These were the social meals of the early church, called love feasts (2 Peter 2:13. Jude 1:12), followed by the Lord"s Supper. According to the Greek custom, each brought his own provisions, and while the rich fared sumptuously, the poor sometimes had little or nothing; for the spirit of division led to the exclusion by some of all who were not of their own party. Thus sectarianism invaded even the Lord"s table.

Lord"s. Greek. kuriakos. Only here and Revelation 1:10. See note there.

Verse 21

every = each.

taketh before = first taketh. Greek. prolambano. Only here, Mark 14:8. Galatians 1:6, Galatians 1:1. Thus the over-indulgence of some unfitted them for the ordinance.

Verse 22

What? have ye not = For is it (Greek. me, introducing the question) that ye have not (Greek. ou).

shame. Greek. kataischuno. Same as in 1 Corinthians 11:4.

What shall I say, &c. Figure of speech Amphidiorthosis. App-6.

Verse 23

have. Omit.

of = from. App-104.

Lord. App-98.

also I delivered = I delivered also. Compare 1 Corinthians 15:1.

unto = to.

Jesus. App-98.

the same = in (Greek. en) the.

betrayed. Greek. paradidomi. Same as "delivered", 1 Corinthians 11:2. See John 19:30.

Verse 24

given thanks. Greek. eucharisteo. See Acts 27:35.

Take, eat. The texts omit.

is. See Matthew 26:26.

broken. The texts omit.

for = on behalf of. App-104.

in = for. App-104.

remembrance of Me = My memorial. Greek. anamnesis. Only here, 1 Corinthians 11:25. Luke 22:19. Hebrews 10:3.

Verse 25

After the same manner = Likewise.

also He took, &c. = He took the cup also.

when = after. App-104.

This cup, &c. Figure of speech Metaphor, as in 1 Corinthians 11:24. App-6. If, as Rome maintains, the wine is transubstantiated into the blood of Christ, can the cup be so too?

new. Greek. kainos. See Matthew 9:17.

testament = covenant. See Luke 22:20 and Hebrews 9:14-23.

as oft as. Greek. hosakis. Only here, 1 Corinthians 11:26. Revelation 11:6.

Verse 26

shew = proclaim. App-121.

Verse 27

unworthily. Greek. anaxios. Only here and 1 Corinthians 11:29 (which see).

guilty. Greek. enochos, as Matthew 26:66

of = in regard to. The Genitive of Relation. App-17.

Verse 28

man. App-123.

examine = test or try. Greek. dokimazo. Often translated prove, or approve. Compare 1 Corinthians 11:19 with 1 Corinthians 9:27.

so. i.e. after this self-testing.

Verse 29

unworthily. The texts omit. In that case after "himself", read "since he does not discern", &c.

damnation = condemnation, or judgment. App-177.

discerning. App-122.

the Lord"s body. The texts read "the body". That is, he does not recognize the common membership of all the saints (1 Corinthians 10:17). This was the sectarian and selfish spirit rebuked in verses: 1 Corinthians 11:19-22. Note the Figure of speech Paregmenon. App-6.

Verse 30

many = not a few, as Revised Version.

sleep. App-171. This verse explains what the judgment of 1 Corinthians 11:29 was. Temporal suffering, and even death. Compare 1 Corinthians 5:5 and 1 John 5:16, 1 John 5:17.

Verse 31

would = were to.

judge. Same as "discern", 1 Corinthians 11:29.

Verse 32

chastened. Greek. paideuo. Compare Hebrews 12:6, Hebrews 12:7, Hebrews 12:10. Revelation 3:19.

of = by. App-104.

condemned. App-122.

with. App-104.

world. Greek. kosmos. App-129. This shows that the judgment of 1 Corinthians 11:29 is not eternal judgment. In verses: 1 Corinthians 11:31-32, the Figure of speech Paregmenon occurs again.

Verse 33

to eat = for (Greek. eis) eating.

tarry = wait. Compare Acts 17:16. James 5:7.

Verse 34

at home = in (Greek. en) the house.

unto. App-104.

condemnation. Same as "damnation", 1 Corinthians 11:29.

set in order. Greek. diatasso. See Acts 7:44.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 11:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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