18 Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?

Other Translations of 1 Corinthians 10:18

New International Version

18 Consider the people of Israel: Do not those who eat the sacrifices participate in the altar?

English Standard Version

18 Consider the people of Israel:Greek Consider Israel according to the flesh are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar?

The Message

18 That's basically what happened even in old Israel - those who ate the sacrifices offered on God's altar entered into God's action at the altar.

New King James Version

18 Observe Israel after the flesh: Are not those who eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?

New Living Translation

18 Think about the people of Israel. Weren't they united by eating the sacrifices at the altar?

Matthew Henry's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 10:18

Commentary on 1 Corinthians 10:15-22

(Read 1 Corinthians 10:15-22)

Did not the joining in the Lord's supper show a profession of faith in Christ crucified, and of adoring gratitude to him for his salvation ? Christians, by this ordinance, and the faith therein professed, were united as the grains of wheat in one loaf of bread, or as the members in the human body, seeing they were all united to Christ, and had fellowship with him and one another. This is confirmed from the Jewish worship and customs in sacrifice. The apostle applies this to feasting with idolaters. Eating food as part of a heathen sacrifice, was worshipping the idol to whom it was made, and having fellowship or communion with it; just as he who eats the Lord's supper, is accounted to partake in the Christian sacrifice, or as they who ate the Jewish sacrifices partook of what was offered on their altar. It was denying Christianity; for communion with Christ, and communion with devils, could never be had at once. If Christians venture into places, and join in sacrifices to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life, they will provoke God.