1 Corinthians 13:4

“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Charitie suffereth long, and is kinde: charitie enuieth not: charitie vaunteth not it selfe, is not puffed vp,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Love is patient, love is kind {and} is not jealous; love does not brag {and} is not arrogant,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Love suffereth long, `and' is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
- American Standard Version (1901)

Love is never tired of waiting; love is kind; love has no envy; love has no high opinion of itself, love has no pride;
- Basic English Bible

Love has long patience, is kind; love is not emulous [of others]; love is not insolent and rash, is not puffed up,
- Darby Bible

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
- Webster's Bible

Love is patient and kind. Love knows neither envy nor jealousy. Love is not forward and self-assertive, nor boastful and conceited.
- Weymouth Bible

Love is patient and is kind; love doesn't envy. Love doesn't brag, is not proud,
- World English Bible

Charite is pacient, it is benygne; charite enuyeth not, it doith not wickidli, it is not blowun,
- Wycliffe Bible

The love is long-suffering, it is kind, the love doth not envy, the love doth not vaunt itself, is not puffed up,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 13:4


13:4 The love of God, and of our neighbour for God's sake, is patient toward, all men. It, suffers all the weakness, ignorance, errors, and infirmities of the children of God; all the malice and wickedness of the children of the world: and all this, not only for a time, but to the end. And in every step toward overcoming evil with good, it is kind, soft, mild, benign. It inspires the sufferer at once with the most amiable sweetness, and the most fervent and tender affection. Love acteth not rashly - Does not hastily condemn any one; never passes a severe sentence on a slight or sudden view of things. Nor does it ever act or behave in a violent, headstrong, or precipitate manner. Is not puffed up - Yea, humbles the soul to the dust.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 13:4


1Co 13:4 The action of love is now described. Charity suffereth long. Love endures slights and wrongs patiently and long, and returns a kindly spirit. It is "slow to anger" (Ps 103:8). Christ, "when he was reviled, reviled not again" (1Pe 2:23). "The fruit of the Spirit is long-suffering" (Ga 5:22). See also Ro 2:4 2Co 6:6. Charity envieth not. How miserable is that envy which is made unhappy by the good fortune of another. Cain is an example. Love excludes it. A mother does not envy her child. Vaunteth not itself. Does not ostentatiously boast of superiority, not is it inflated.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 13

  • Ivory jazz shields
    The one and only universal definition of true love .
  • Evella Levine
    GOD IS LOVE!!!
  • Josh B.
    I love that verse I am still learning about being a child of God and making things right for my family and myself. It has not been easy but very humbling. My family is everything to me and with the guidence of God myself and my family will be whole. And I will be good enough for the kingdom. I haven't been honest and very loving in times of need. I pray for my family and beg for forgiveness.
  • 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