Meeting together (1 Cor. 11:17)

“In the following instructions,

I do not commend you,

Because when you come together

It is not for the better

But for the worse.”

Τοῦτο δὲ παραγγέλλων οὐκ ἐπαινῶ ὅτι οὐκ εἰς τὸ κρεῖσσον ἀλλὰ εἰς τὸ ἧσσον συνέρχεσθε.

Then Paul turned to another problem.  He said that in these following instructions (Τοῦτο δὲ παραγγέλλων), he would not commend or praise them (οὐκ ἐπαινῶ), because when they came together or assembled (συνέρχεσθε), it was not for the better (ὅτι οὐκ εἰς τὸ κρεῖσσον) but for the worse (ἀλλὰ εἰς τὸ ἧσσον).  Only this Pauline Corinthian letter used this word κρεῖσσον, that means better, stronger, or more excellent, and the word ἧσσον, that means less, worse, inferior, or weaker.  Paul was not going to mince words.  He was not going to praise them for bad behavior.  Apparently when they came together to share the Lord’s Supper, the results were not that good.  In fact, the situation got worse rather than better.  There was something wrong at these meetings.  Have you ever been to church meetings that did not turn out well?

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