1 Corinthians 13:1

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Though I speake with the tongues of men & of Angels, and haue not charity, I am become as sounding brasse or a tinkling cymbal.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.
- American Standard Version (1901)

If I make use of the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am like sounding brass, or a loud-tongued bell.
- Basic English Bible

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

If I can speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but am destitute of Love, I have but become a loud-sounding trumpet or a clanging cymbal.
- Weymouth Bible

If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don't have love, I have become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.
- World English Bible

If Y speke with tungis of men and of aungels, and Y haue not charite, Y am maad as bras sownynge, or a cymbal tynkynge.
- Wycliffe Bible

If with the tongues of men and of messengers I speak, and have not love, I have become brass sounding, or a cymbal tinkling;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 13:1


13:1 Though I speak with all the tongues - Which are upon earth, and with the eloquence of an angel. And have not love - The love of God, and of all mankind for his sake, I am no better before God than the sounding instruments of brass, used in the worship of some of the heathen gods. Or a tinkling cymbal - This was made of two pieces of hollow brass, which, being struck together, made a tinkling, but very little variety of sound.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 13:1


1Co 13:1 The Greatest of All Things SUMMARY OF I CORINTHIANS 13: Christian Love Better Than Miraculous Gifts. The Nature of Love and Its Action. All the Miraculous Gifts Shall Pass Away, but Love Endureth. Forever. All Human Knowledge Imperfect and Transient. But Faith, Hope, and Love Eternal. Of the Three, Love Is the Greatest. Meyer says of this chapter: ``This praise of love, almost a psalm on love it might be called, is as rich in its contents drawn from deep experience as in rhetorical truth, fullness and power, grace and simplicity.'' Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels. In 1Co 12:8-10 Paul has spoken of spiritual gifts, one of which was to speak in tongues. "A more excellent way" (1Co 12:31) is now to be shown. Hence, various spiritual gifts are taken up and shown to be useless and vain without love. And have not charity. "Love", in the Revised Version. If he spoke not only with the tongues of men, but even those of angels, it would be, without love, [as] sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. An empty sound. The latter was a brazen basin, which was beaten. The sounds of these instruments would not be musical.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 13:1

  • Mary Jean Jackson for verse 1
    Love our children, tell them you love them! As well as all man kind!! Tell them from the most deepest part of your soul, that they are your world! we all are sinners in one form or fashion, for what ever reasons that you sinned, tell them how much you love them and how sorry that youyou are make no excuses for your sins but own up take responsibility for your own actions and hope and pray they may one day understand that if your sins were done out of love and protection but was possibly done incorrectly and that you were ignorance on your ways of the message that you were trying to give them. And just pray that they can somehow find a wayto understand that you at have sent the message of love incorrectly but you were trying so very hard to tell them they are and will always be your world and that you live for them always and forever!!
  • Jermaine for verse 1
    but the fruit of the spirit is love joy peace forbearance kindness longsuffering goodness faithfulness gentleness self-control righteousness meekness temperance against such things there is no law let the one who has an ear hear what the spirit says to the congregations he that conquers will by no means be harmed by the second death happy and holy is anyone having part in the first resurrection over these the second death has no authority but they will be priests of GOD and of the CHRIST and will rule as KINGS with HIM for the thousand years and Death and Hades were hurled into the lake of fire this means the second Death the lake of fire further more whoever was not found written in the BOOK OF LIFE was hurled into the LAKE OF FIRE BUT AS FOR THE COWARDS AND THOSE WITHOUT FAITH AND THOSE WHO ARE DISGUSTING IN THERE FILTH AND MURDERERS AND FORNICATORS AND THOSE PRACTICING SPIRITISM AND IDOLATERS AND ALL THE LIARS THEIR PORTION WILL BE IN THE LAKE THAT BURNS WITH SULPHUR THIS MEANS THE SECOND DEATH
  • Jesus Friend for verse 1
    I think that what 1 Cor. is saying is that if we don 't have love we can not be a light.
  • Ele, Stephen for verse 1
    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.
  • I have heard it said that Jesus is love..and still some people didnt want to hear what He had to say, do to their interpretation of love. I have heard it said that Jesus looks at our hearts and that of our motive for our actions. Thats what He will judge us on and not our words...expressing how we love. As the scripture reads (If he spoke not only with the tongues of men, but even those of angels, it would be, without love, [as] sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. An empty sound) So...based on this I believe its a heart matter and God is the only one that can see into our hearts. We can remain bitter, hateful or what ever and try pass ourselves off to others as saved and sanctified...but GOD is not mocked!!! He knows the truth!! what is hidden in our dark hearts.
  • Its the way that God has commanded his children to behove themselves of.

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