1 Corinthians 13:10

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part, shalbe done away.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

but when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But when that which is complete is come, then that which is in part will be no longer necessary.
- Basic English Bible

but when that which is perfect has come, that which is in part shall be done away.
- Darby Bible

But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
- Webster's Bible

but when the perfect state of things is come, all that is imperfect will be brought to an end.
- Weymouth Bible

but when that which is complete has come, then that which is partial will be done away with.
- World English Bible

but whanne that schal come that is parfit, that thing that is of parti schal be auoidid.
- Wycliffe Bible

and when that which is perfect may come, then that which [is] in part shall become useless.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 13:10


13:10 But when that which is perfect is come - At death and in the last day. That which is in part shall vanish away - Both that poor, low, imperfect, glimmering light, which is all the knowledge we now can attain to; and these slow and unsatisfactory methods of attaining, as well as of imparting it to others.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 13:10


1Co 13:10 When that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. Then the partial knowledge and prophecy will be done away. The imperfect will give way to the perfect; the perishable to the enduring. "The perfect" was expected at the coming of Christ. Some think that it came when the church was fully matured, since the special gifts then ceased. If there is a reference to this, the final and complete reference is to the glorified church.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 13:10

  • Bonney O. for verse 10
    Paul made used of the words "now " and "then ". He stated that faith, charity and hope abide in the "now " state, and since these three words hope, faith and charity still exist after the completion of the Bible means that the "then " state of perfection is still in the future-yet to come Christ coming. Because in the "then " state we shall see face to face- no more faith.
  • The original Greek word for perfect is teleios.this is an adjative meaning perfect,mature,finished. This can only describe the world after the second coming of Christ. It is not a noun. This is per the cross references in the Keyword Hebrew-Greek study bible 1996 edition NIV version.
  • The Bible puts a high premium on written revelation Johns writings The hebrews put a premium on signs and written revelation-gentiles by in large were not interested in signs and wonders bot primarly knowlege-first 100 yrs church was still made up of many jews,we see much jewish referances laced in the new testiment-acts to rev-This being said none of the gifts are needed because we have 'a more sure word of prophecy "2 peter 1:19 also please note in 2 peter 3:16 peter refers to pauls writing as hard to be understood,so there were already scripures being identified as written word of God that would be completed at a later date.My biggest concern is if we dont interpret corinth 13:10 as perfect meaning the complete cannon of scripture we open up ourselved to extra biblical revelation-ask the 900 people who perished under the false prophet jim jones-they never consulted the written word that stands sure.
  • Faye Rod for verse 10
    When people use this Scripture to say the gifts have ceased it really quenches the Holy Spirit. Imagine how it would be if the Body of Christ was operating in the full power of the early Church.
  • Evalena Latham for verse 10
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. He is the Perfect One.
  • To expand on Jeff s comment a little bit I would offer the following In this verse the noun is in the nominative case identifying the subject that which is perfect it is singular the only thing in view here perfect tense when it has come it will keep on being perfect active voice we will be benefitted by it subjunctive mood not yet completed but will be in time and it IS neuter gender must be some thing not a person The same grammatical construct is found in James 1 25 the completed canon of scripture the mind of Christ

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