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1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

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

5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

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

 


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Matthew Henry's 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 Bible commentary...



The necessity and advantage of the grace of love. (1-3) Its excellency represented by its properties and effects; (4-7) and by its abiding, and its superiority. (8-13)1-3 The excellent way had in view in the close of the former chapter, is not what is meant by charity in our common use of the word, almsgiving, but love in its fullest meaning; true love to God and man. Without this, the most glorious gifts are of no account to us, of no esteem in the sight of God. A clear head and a deep understanding, are of no value without a benevolent and charitable heart. There may be an open and lavish hand, where there is not a liberal and charitable heart. Doing good to others will do none to us, if it be not done from love to God, and good-will to men. If we give away all we have, while we withhold the heart from God, it will not profit. Nor even the most painful sufferings. How are those deluded who look for acceptance and reward for their good works, which are as scanty and defective as they are corrupt and selfish!

4-7 Some of the effects of charity are stated, that we may know whether we have this grace; and that if we have not, we may not rest till we have it. This love is a clear proof of regeneration, and is a touchstone of our professed faith in Christ. In this beautiful description of the nature and effects of love, it is meant to show the Corinthians that their conduct had, in many respects, been a contrast to it. Charity is an utter enemy to selfishness; it does not desire or seek its own praise, or honour, or profit, or pleasure. Not that charity destroys all regard to ourselves, or that the charitable man should neglect himself and all his interests. But charity never seeks its own to the hurt of others, or to neglect others. It ever prefers the welfare of others to its private advantage. How good-natured and amiable is Christian charity! How excellent would Christianity appear to the world, if those who profess it were more under this Divine principle, and paid due regard to the command on which its blessed Author laid the chief stress! Let us ask whether this Divine love dwells in our hearts. Has this principle guided us into becoming behaviour to all men? Are we willing to lay aside selfish objects and aims? Here is a call to watchfulness, diligence, and prayer.

8-13 Charity is much to be preferred to the gifts on which the Corinthians prided themselves. From its longer continuance. It is a grace, lasting as eternity. The present state is a state of childhood, the future that of manhood. Such is the difference between earth and heaven. What narrow views, what confused notions of things, have children when compared with grown men! Thus shall we think of our most valued gifts of this world, when we come to heaven. All things are dark and confused now, compared with what they will be hereafter. They can only be seen as by the reflection in a mirror, or in the description of a riddle; but hereafter our knowledge will be free from all obscurity and error. It is the light of heaven only, that will remove all clouds and darkness that hide the face of God from us. To sum up the excellences of charity, it is preferred not only to gifts, but to other graces, to faith and hope. Faith fixes on the Divine revelation, and assents thereto, relying on the Divine Redeemer. Hope fastens on future happiness, and waits for that; but in heaven, faith will be swallowed up in actual sight, and hope in enjoyment. There is no room to believe and hope, when we see and enjoy. But there, love will be made perfect. There we shall perfectly love God. And there we shall perfectly love one another. Blessed state! how much surpassing the best below! God is love, #1Jo 4:8,16|. Where God is to be seen as he is, and face to face, there charity is in its greatest height; there only will it be perfected.

 


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Ele, Stephen's 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 comment about verse 1 on 7/15/2014, 5:07pm...

from the biblical point of view, God is love and his word is love and the word was made flesh,and dwelt among us the word is Jesus therefore, what Paul is saying even though we have these gifts without Jesus is in vain because the gift of God is without repentance. 3Jon3vs1 said behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.The love, God bestow on us, was Jesus and any one that have Jesus and allowed Jesus to control his will that person exibit true love. 1cor13vs3 and though i bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though i give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profited me nothing. The early chruch experience this true love and was able to express it because of the sincenlity of their heart.Acts2vs1b they were all with one accord.

 


Roslyn B Melvin's 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 comment on 6/30/2014, 9:32pm...

God showed us His love by clothing Himself in the likeness of sinful flesh yet without sin so we can have opportunity to fellowship with Him again like Adam did before sin was part of man 's nature.

 


Oscar O Ngomane's 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 comment on 6/06/2014, 1:53am...

In this charpter I learn that God is not intrested in the Out comes, but the reason why U have done, this charity, to gain attention or to help the need one, coz U love yo neighbour as thy self... Heeh

 


Steve gichoh's 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 comment on 5/30/2014, 10:15am...

Oh my God that is a wonderful word of God.Love is vital cause it covers a multitude of sins.

 


Tim George's 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 comment on 5/24/2014, 12:01pm...

Now abides faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love. Agape love is the greatest love, for it is that unconditional love that we have for others. We are willing to share this worlds goods with those in need, and to pray for their well being. Jesus said that by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples by the love that ye have one for the other.

 


MALCOLM HARRISON's 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 comment about verse 13 on 5/22/2014, 4:56pm...

Charity is a gift. Love is an aspect of Charity. So what is the greatest?

 


Sizu's 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 comment on 4/22/2014, 6:43am...

my Lord and God help me by your Holy Spirit to walk in Your love in Jesus ' name amen.

 


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