Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament1 Corinthians 11:18
- First of all (prwton men).
- There is no antithesis (deuteron de, secondly, or epeita de, in the next place) expressed. This is the primary reason for Paul's condemnation and the only one given.
- When ye come together in the church (sunerxomenwn hmwn en ekklhsiai).
- Genitive absolute. Here ekklhsia has the literal meaning of assembly.
- Divisions (sxismata).
- Accusative of general reference with the infinitive uparxein in indirect discourse. Old word for cleft, rent, from sxizw. Example in papyri for splinter of wood. See on 1:10. Not yet formal cleavages into two or more organizations, but partisan divisions that showed in the love-feasts and at the Lord's Supper.
- Partly (merov ti).
- Accusative of extent (to some part) like panta in 10:33. He could have said ek merouv as in 13:9. The rumours of strife were so constant (I keep on hearing, akouw).