1 Corinthians 11:24 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Corinthians 11:24, NIV: and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, 'This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.'

1 Corinthians 11:24, ESV: and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

1 Corinthians 11:24, KJV: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

1 Corinthians 11:24, NASB: and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, 'This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.'

1 Corinthians 11:24, NLT: and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, 'This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.'

1 Corinthians 11:24, CSB: and when he had given thanks, broke it, and said, "This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me."

What does 1 Corinthians 11:24 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul is reminding the Corinthians of what happened at the Last Supper. His purpose is re-teaching them why and how they should practice the Lord's Supper, also known as communion. He is telling the story of what happened on the night Jesus was betrayed by Judas. This event happened in a private upper room for the Passover meal (Matthew 26:26–28).

Jesus took a loaf of bread and gave thanks in prayer. He then broke the bread and distributed it to the disciples reclining around the table. Jesus said that the bread was His body, which was "for them." He commanded the disciples to do the same: to break and consume bread, as a way of remembering Him.

At that moment, the disciples did not grasp how Jesus' body would be broken for them—for their sin and ours—the very next day and night on the cross. During Christian communion, when bread is broken and distributed, followers of Jesus are meant to remember His sacrifice.