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14 When the time came, Jesus sat down at table, and the apostles with him.

15 ‘I have been so much looking forward to eating this Passover with you before I have to suffer,’ he said to them. 16 ‘For – let me tell you – I won’t eat it again until it’s fulfilled in the kingdom of God.’

17 Then he took a cup, and gave thanks, and said, ‘Take this and share it among yourselves. 18 Let me tell you, from now on I won’t drink from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.’

19 Then he took some bread. He gave thanks, broke it and gave it to them.

‘This is my body,’ he said, ‘which is given for you. Do this in memory of me.’

20 So too, after supper, with the cup: ‘This cup’, he said, ‘is the new covenant, in my blood which is shed for you.

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20 So when you gather together into one meeting, it isn’t the Lord’s Supper that you eat. 21 Everyone brings their own food to eat, and one person goes hungry while another gets drunk. 22 Haven’t you got houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise God’s assembly, and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? No, in this matter I shan’t!

Recognizing the Body

23 This, you see, is what I received from the Lord, and handed on to you. On the night when the Lord Jesus was betrayed, he took bread, 24 gave thanks, broke it, and said, ‘This is my body; it’s for you! Do this as a memorial of me.’ 25 He did the same with the cup after supper, and said, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Whenever you drink it, do this as a memorial of me.’ 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink the cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes.

27 It follows from this that anyone who eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Everyone should test themselves; that’s how you should eat the bread and drink the cup. 29 You see, if you eat and drink without recognizing the body, you eat and drink judgment on yourself. 30 That’s why several of you are weak and sick, and some have died. 31 But if we learned how to judge ourselves, we would not incur judgment. 32 But when we are judged by the Lord, we are punished, so that we won’t be condemned along with the world.

33 So, my brothers and sisters, when you come together to eat, treat one another as honoured guests by waiting for each other. 34 If anyone is hungry, they should eat at home, so that you don’t come together and find yourselves facing judgment. I will put the other matters in order when I come.

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