1 Corinthians 13:12

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For now we see through a glasse, darkely: but then face to face: now I know in part, but then shall I know euen as also I am knowen.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For now we see in a mirror, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know fully even as also I was fully known.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For now we see things in a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now my knowledge is in part; then it will be complete, even as God's knowledge of me.
- Basic English Bible

For we see now through a dim window obscurely, but then face to face; now I know partially, but then I shall know according as I also have been known.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

For the present we see things as if in a mirror, and are puzzled; but then we shall see them face to face. For the present the knowledge I gain is imperfect; but then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
- Weymouth Bible

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, even as I was also fully known.
- World English Bible

And we seen now bi a myrour in derknesse, but thanne face to face; now Y knowe of parti, but thanne Y schal knowe, as Y am knowun.
- Wycliffe Bible

for we see now through a mirror obscurely, and then face to face; now I know in part, and then I shall fully know, as also I was known;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 13:12


13:12 Now we see - Even the things that surround us. But by means of a glass - Or mirror, which reflects only their imperfect forms, in a dim, faint, obscure manner; so that our thoughts about them are puzzling and intricate, and everything is a kind of riddle to us. But then - We shall see, not a faint reflection, but the objects themselves. Face to face - Distinctly. Now I know in part - Even when God himself reveals things to me, great part of them is still kept under the veil. But then I shall know even as also I am known - In a clear, full, comprehensive manner; in some measure like God, who penetrates the centre of every object, and sees at one glance through my soul and all things.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 13:12


1Co 13:12 For now we see through a glass. "In a mirror", as in the Revised Version. The mirrors of the ancients were of polished metal, and were far inferior to ours. The images were indistinct in comparison. They were seen darkly, indistinctly, imperfectly. Thus in this state of our knowledge of divine things--imperfect and incomplete. But then face to face. We will not look in a glass in the coming state, but will see face to face, without a veil, or obscurity. Now I know in part. There were limitations upon the knowledge even of Paul; only a part was seen. But then. When the veil is taken away, and the full revelation has come in the presence of Christ. Shall I know even as I am known. fully, know God, eternity and its secrets, even as he is known to God. Thus it is shown that all these spiritual gifts (1Co 12:8-10) are fleeting.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 13

  • 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.
  • Ray321
    Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. We must not puff ourselves in how good we are in the Word. We must love the young child of God not put them down because of there milk they take. Love my friends .

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