1 Corinthians 13:13

“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And now abideth faith, hope, charitie, these three, but the greatest of these is charitie.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But now we still have faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
- Basic English Bible

And now abide faith, hope, love; these three things; and the greater of these [is] love.
- Darby Bible

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
- Webster's Bible

And so there remain Faith, Hope, Love--these three; and of these the greatest is Love.
- Weymouth Bible

But now faith, hope, and love remain--these three. The greatest of these is love.
- World English Bible

And now dwellen feith, hope, and charite, these thre; but the most of these is charite.
- Wycliffe Bible

and now there doth remain faith, hope, love -- these three; and the greatest of these [is] love.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 13:13


13:13 Faith, hope, love - Are the sum of perfection on earth; love alone is the sum of perfection in heaven.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 13:13


1Co 13:13 But now abideth faith, hope, charity. These three shall survive. They are eternal. They continue to exist in the church, and shall not fail in its glorified state. As long as the redeemed saint shall have future ages before him, so long will trust in God and hope give them brightness, while love itself is the very atmosphere of the divine life. The greatest of these is charity. Love is the greatest because it glorifies both faith and hope, sanctifies every faculty and Christian grace, is the very moving impulse of the gospel, and is the one quality that is divine. "God is love" (1Jo 4:8).

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 13

  • Sug
    With ALL of the good that you do - it is as filthy rags if you do not have love. All the good that you do and have done is in vain because it was done while looking for praise and reward from man. It wasn't from the heart. The heart seeks no reward. God sees and knows our heart. Much blessings
  • Neil M U Phelps
    I no longer consider myself a Christian tho' I was brought up one, but I consider these among the greatest words ever written.
  • Katie
    Clarifies Gods love for me unconditionally!!
  • Okolo
    Unless one is born-again, he/she can not bring this to manifestation.
  • Lakeshia
    Love is the most important thing to the Lord . God is love . Gods love covers a multitude of sins . You can live a life as a child of God but if you have an arch against your brother and you don't make it right. It is not pleasing to God and you will not be blessed for it. Until you make it right.
  • Chocolate Williams
    It describes the fruits of the Holy Spirit, faith and hope, but the greatest is love. God showed us unconditional love in John 3:16. With the fruits of the Holy Spirit, we can also show charity to others. Thank you, for this wonderful Bible Study Program! may God richly bless you all!