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

  • Swchu
    Interesting and rewarding source knowledge for happy growth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Joanne stern
    I love these verses. God looks at our hearts. Not what we do, but why do we do it. Are we wanting to be center stage or do we want to praise and glorify GOD?
  • BSP
    This chapter is a beautiful description of how love should cause us to behave and how it should restrain us from behaving.
  • Abigael
    God himself is charity so it is expected of us to love our brothers and sisters much till there's no one to love so that we can be like him.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    May God give us the grace to display charity (love) to all.
  • A disciple
    The Scriptures say that if we endure to the end and overcome, we shall be kings and priest to God. Jesus said, that in the Regeneration, when He shall sit on the throne of His glory; we too shall sit upon thrones judging His people. In Deut. 17:14-20 it is commanded the kings to write out a copy of the Law, and read in it continually: to be able to judge right, and so to not be lifted up in pride.

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