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

  • Mark
    This Love Our Lord Teaches Us To Be Towards Others Is Miraculous In Its Self Guided By The Holy Spirit And With A Strong Desire And Earnest Prayers We His Children Will Love Others As Our Lord Does. Being Blessed To Love This Way Is And Always Will Be The Most Precious Of Life And Living. God Bless You Forever Amen.
  • Darlene Williams
    Praise God for His ability to Love!
  • Charity
    God is love. If you don't have love you don't know God, you have not the spirit. His love is truly unconditional. He is unchanging. Who knows the mind of God? Who can council him? He is our father our creator. He took his time creating us. does not a craftsman love his work. takes care of it, is mindful of it. even the angels wonder! I can go all day....My mother truly gave me that name
  • James Culton
    charity is the number source and power of GOD !!! character
  • Skip Draper
    while we are yet sinners Christ died for us...there is no greater love...we are not humanly able to give that love..that is why He Died by giving Himself up for us that we may be with him in Glory one day, Thank you so much Father God,I Love you
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    Behold and look at verse 8 ! This is the end and the VICTORIOUS GATHERING OF OUR BLESSED LORDS HOLY CHURCH and BRIDE {US} a.k.a. THE KINGDOM OF GOD a.k.a. GRACE a.k.a. HOLY SPIRIT TONGUES and SO SHALL WE EVER BE WITH THE LORD OF GLORY AMEN AND AMEN INDEED. BOTH JEW AND GENTILE UNITED FOREVER IN ONE, CHRIST YESHUA JESUS OUR MAJESTY KING SUPREME AMEN AND AMEN ! EXCELLENT ! SHALOM !