1 Corinthians 11:29
 
1 Corinthians 11:29
(KJV) For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
(1611 KJV) For hee that eateth and drinketh vnworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himselfe, not discerning the Lords body.
(1587 Geneva Bible) For he that eateth and drinketh vnworthily, eateth and drinketh his owne damnation, because he discerneth not the Lords body.
(1526 Tyndale) For he yt eateth or drinketh vnworthely eateth and drynketh his awne damnacion because he maketh no difference of the lordis body.
 
Counterfeit Versions
(NIV) For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself.
(NASV) For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly.
(ESV) For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.
(1901 ASV) For he that eateth and drinketh, eateth and drinketh judgment unto himself, if he discern not the body.
(HCSB) For whoever eats and drinks without recognizing the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself.
(RSV) For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself.
(NAB-Roman Catholic) For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself.
(NWT-Jehovah’s Witness) For he that eats and drinks eats and drinks judgment against himself if he does not discern the body.
 
Textus Receptus - Traditional Text
o gar esqiwn kai pinwn anaxiwV krima eautw esqiei kai pinei mh diakrinwn to swma tou kuriou
 
Hort-Westcott - Critical Text
o gar esqiwn kai pinwn krima eautw esqiei kai pinei mh diakrinwn to swma
 
Corrupted Manuscripts
This verse is corrupted in the following manuscripts:
Omit “unworthily”
Aleph 01 - Sinaiticus - Nineteenth Century Counterfeit (original)
A 02 - Alexandrinus - Fifth century
B 03 - Vaticanus - Fourth century
C 04 - Ephraemi Rescriptus - Fifth century (original)
33 (Minuscule) - Ninth Century
P 46 - circa 200 AD
 
Omit “Lord’s”
Aleph 01 - Sinaiticus - Nineteenth Century Counterfeit (original)
A 02 - Alexandrinus - Fifth century
B 03 - Vaticanus - Fourth century
C 04 - Ephraemi Rescriptus - Fifth century (original)
33 (Minuscule) - Ninth Century
P 46 - circa 200 AD
 
Manuscripts which agree with the Textus Receptus for this verse
Contains “unworthily”
Byzantine Text (450-1450 A.D.)
Aleph 01 - Sinaiticus - Nineteenth Century Counterfeit (corrected)
C 04 - Ephraemi Rescriptus - Fifth century (corrected)
D 06 - Paris: Claromontanus - Sixth century
K 018 - Ninth century
L 020 - Ninth century
P 025 - Ninth century
Psi 044 - Eight/Ninth/ century
 
Contains “Lord’s”
Byzantine Text (450-1450 A.D.)
Aleph 01 - Sinaiticus - Nineteenth Century Counterfeit (corrected)
C 04 - Ephraemi Rescriptus - Fifth century (corrected)
D 06 - Paris: Claromontanus - Sixth century
K 018 - Ninth century
L 020 - Ninth century
P 025 - Ninth century
 
Published Critical Greek Texts with Corruptions
Omit “Unworthily”
Lachmann, Karl - 1842
Tischendorf, Constantine - 1869
Tregelles, Samuel - 1857
Alford, Henry - 1849 revised in 1871
Wordsworth, Christopher - 1856 revised in 1870
Westcott and Hort - 1881
Weiss, Bernhard - 1894
Nestle - 1927 as revised in seventeenth edition in 1941
Nestle-Aland - 1979 - Twenty Sixth Edition
Nestle-Aland - 1993 - Twenty Seventh Edition
United Bible Societies - 1983 - Fourth Edition
Von Soden, Freiherr - 1902
 
Omit “Lord’s”
Lachmann, Karl - 1842
Tischendorf, Constantine - 1869
Tregelles, Samuel - 1857
Alford, Henry - 1849 revised in 1871
Wordsworth, Christopher - 1856 revised in 1870
Westcott and Hort - 1881
Weiss, Bernhard - 1894
Nestle - 1927 as revised in seventeenth edition in 1941
Nestle-Aland - 1979 - Twenty Sixth Edition
Nestle-Aland - 1993 - Twenty Seventh Edition
United Bible Societies - 1983 - Fourth Edition
Von Soden, Freiherr - 1902
 
Affected Teachings
In this verse the Gnostic hit squads removed two very important words, “unworthily” and “Lord’s.” This verse deals with the Lord’s Supper and teaches a very important principle. Those who are unworthy to take the Lord’s Supper are those who are unsaved. (Rev 3:4 KJV) Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.
We read in the letter to Sardis that those who have not defiled their garments were worthy. Those who are in Christ are made worthy because of the sacrifice of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:29 gives a stern warning to those who are unsaved that they drink damnation to themselves simply because they think they are partaking of the Lord’s Supper and this somehow makes them worthy for Heaven. This could not be any farther from the truth. When a person becomes saved they are made worthy and are permitted to take the Lord’s Supper. Unbelievers should never partake in the Lord’s Supper and that is why Churches must only give Communion to those who are saved. By removing the word “unworthily” they are opening the door for the belief that all may partake of the Lord’s Supper and that it could be considered some kind of ritual rather than a remembering of the Lord’s sacrifice and looking forward to His return. A great deception takes place when the unworthy are led to believe they are worthy.
 
Then they removed the word “Lord’s” and this once again takes away the specific nature of this verse. The body which is in view is the Lord’s body and no one else’s. Without the word “Lord’s” any body can be in view. It could be the body of any belief system. It could be the body of believers. It could be the church body with unbelievers in it. The Corinthian Christians were guilty of making the Lord’s Supper a common feast instead of looking at the solemnity of it. If a person is a true believer, they will never suffer damnation of Hell since all their sins have been paid for. The word “damnation” in this verse is the word for “judgment.” Unbelievers already have the wrath of God abiding on them but the true believer can bring temporal judgment upon themselves by living a life in opposition to the principles of Scripture. Any Christian who does not understand the deep spiritual and solemn nature of the Lord’s Supper is in danger of being judged by God. Yes a believer can suffer the judging hand of God. Remember David when he sinned with Bathsheba? The consequence of his sin was the death of his child. This is why we are never to treat communion as something common. By removing “Lord’s” they once again attack the Lord Jesus Christ by removing a specific allusion to His body.

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