1 Peter 4:8

“And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And aboue all things haue feruent charitie among your selues: for charity shall couer the multitude of sinnes.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

above all things being fervent in your love among yourselves; for love covereth a multitude of sins:
- American Standard Version (1901)

And most of all be warm in your love for one another; because in love there is forgiveness for sins without number:
- Basic English Bible

but before all things having fervent love among yourselves, because love covers a multitude of sins;
- Darby Bible

And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity will cover a multitude of sins.
- Webster's Bible

Above all continue to love one another fervently, for love throws a veil over a multitude of faults.
- Weymouth Bible

And above all things be earnest in your love among yourselves, for love covers a multitude of sins.
- World English Bible

bifore alle thingis haue ye charite ech to other in you silf algatis lastynge; for charite couerith the multitude of synnes.
- Wycliffe Bible

and, before all things, to one another having the earnest love, because the love shall cover a multitude of sins;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Peter 4:8

4:8 Love covereth a multitude of sins - Yea, love covereth all things. He that loves another, covers his faults, how many soever they be. He turns away his own eyes from them; and, as far as is possible, hides them from others. And he continually prays that all the sinner's iniquities may be forgiven and his sins covered. Meantime the God of love measures to him with the same measure into his bosom.

People's Bible Notes for 1 Peter 4:8

1Pe 4:8 Charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Compare Pr 10:12 1Co 13:7. Love is a mantle which seeks to condone sin rather than exaggerate it.

Discussion for 1 Peter 4

  • Garage door mike
    i wonder what place God hates most, the place where child sacrifice happens or down the street where people assemble in his name, sing songs to him and yet does nothing to help end the murder? Which place is harder for God to watch answer 1 peter 4 17
  • Renwick
    Verses 7-10 has to to basically with a few things:the end of life for a persons life and not for the world as yet because after 2000 years the world is still here.
  • Sheila Lindsey for verse 12
    To over come evil with good.True love will always stand God is faithful.
  • Brianna for verse 8
    At 1 John chapter 13:34,35 - Jesus said the identifying mark of true Christians was that they would have love amongst themselves. This love is not a love out of duty, but genuine love for your brothers and sisters as indicated by the word "fervent ". 1 Peter 4:7, Paul was instructing the congregations that " the end of all things " was close. He was highlighting the crucial need for love amongst the congregation, so that they could endure the persecution ahead. After all, the apostles were not going to always be there, acting as a restraint to the challenges facing the congregation.
  • Catherine for verse 1
    The same mind - The Lord Jesus had above all, an obedient spirit to his father,God... not my will but thine.This is the mind that overcomes Sin and all other enemies .
  • F. walling for verse 18
    Spreading the word of God seems so much easier when we realize God does the saving,we are just doing our job here on earth, spreading seed.

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