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

  • Joanette
    1 Corinthians 13--Teaches Me That CHARITY Is Soooo Important, It Ministers To My Spirit That Without CHARITY You Have NOTHING, CHARITY Is Above Everything We Could Ever Ask For, CHARITY Speaketh The Truth, Envieth Not,
  • Virginia Burshaw
    I have always desired to attain this perfect love but at times it seems almost insurmountable.I do know the difference between carnal love and divine love .When I talk to others about attaining this, most think that is impossible to achieve.
  • Geraldine cole
    To Barbara's when Jesus speaks on when I was a child I act like a child .when I became a man I put away childless things he is not telling us to forget our childhood he is telling us we are to act like a adult now because we are no longer childern so we must think and act like adults when we become a adult we cannot return to a child once we are grown up.thats one of the problem in the world now some people still want to have a child like mind when they are grown they want to be a child they want mom and dad to take care of them all their life Jesus want us to stand up be a grown person when we become of age we can not stay in a child like mine we must be responsible for ourselves in life go school get a Job and live life as a adult now this is what Jesus want us to do grow up and be a adult do adult things not act like a child because we are no longer childern.we can not go backward but forward its a good thing to remember our childhood it has a lot to do with our adulthood and how we turn out as adults be it good or bad Amen
  • Marlene
    I Corinth. 13 is one of the chapters of the Bible which I use as God's measuring stick of my level of holy and righteous living. Thank you Lord for your holy scriptures which provides guidance to us as we journey through this earth to your Kingdom. Amen
  • Robin Simon
    It comes to light the person that i have always been. I am a loving individual and it speaks on that very spiritual word of love. we all need to read this book. we have gotten away from loving one another and putting our trust in god. i thank god for all the books i read
  • Lu2677
    V. 5. (Scripture is referring to the feminine side of charity. The Bible written in Greek gives words that refer the feminine and masculine side of many things. I only understand it in part, I do not know the Greek language but I know someone that does read the Bible written in Greek. I have read some of his teachings.)