"For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body."— 1 Cor. 11:29.
The word translated "damnation" is very improperly rendered. Krima denotes punishment, resulting in improvement, according to verse 32: "But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world." The best rendering of krima is judgment, by which word it is usually represented in English. Matt. 7:2, "For with what judgment ye judge," etc. Luke 23:40, it is rendered condemnation: "Thou art in the same condemnation." Luke 24:20, it is rendered condemned:
"Deliver him to be condemned to death." Jesus applied the word to himself, in John 9:39, "For judgment I am come into this world."
If we substitute damnation for these words, we shall see how improperly it is said, he "eateth damnation, etc." Verse 30 explains krima: "For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep." Those who had made the Lord's Supper an occasion of gluttony, had eaten and drunken condemnation.
Whitby:—"Damnation: the word imports temporal judgments; as when St. Peter saith, the time is come, arxasthai to krima, that judgment must begin at the house of God. (1 Peter 4:17)
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