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

  • Lilian
    God reminds us to Love one another as He have loves us. We have to abide Faith, Hope and Charity but Charity is the most and greatest powerful words that we have to do. Charity is the act of Giving money, food or other kinds of help to those people who are in need. Its just Jesus reminded us to share our blessings to the poor. Without sharing and thanksgiving we will not recieve a blessing. Amen
  • Cecilia Mae
    I heard something guite different when read in context. I thought it said that the special gifts i.e. prophecy, healing, knowledge would be given up as a child gives up childish things. There will be no need of them for only love will remain.
  • Millicent
    1 Corinthians 13 is a very powerful and direct book. It highlights the importance of having love and not just having gifts. Gifts will fade away, but love will stand firm.
  • Anne Marie
    Charity is all heart and nothing more, performed simply for the act of giving to others.

    Bless us all
  • Mary Ann Dion
    Faith without good works is empty. In other words, charity is caring about and helping others. Not alms for the poor but making a sacrifice with time and talent.
  • Eleonora van Wijchgel
    This text gives the core of, the basics for christian human life. It is so beautiful it brings tears to the eyes. Even after reading it many times it is so powerful. As humans we are imperfect, but trying to better ourselves is certainly inspired by this text. Gods grace will help and guide us.