1 Corinthians 13:13

“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And now abideth faith, hope, charitie, these three, but the greatest of these is charitie.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But now we still have faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
- Basic English Bible

And now abide faith, hope, love; these three things; and the greater of these [is] love.
- Darby Bible

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
- Webster's Bible

And so there remain Faith, Hope, Love--these three; and of these the greatest is Love.
- Weymouth Bible

But now faith, hope, and love remain--these three. The greatest of these is love.
- World English Bible

And now dwellen feith, hope, and charite, these thre; but the most of these is charite.
- Wycliffe Bible

and now there doth remain faith, hope, love -- these three; and the greatest of these [is] love.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 13:13


13:13 Faith, hope, love - Are the sum of perfection on earth; love alone is the sum of perfection in heaven.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 13:13


1Co 13:13 But now abideth faith, hope, charity. These three shall survive. They are eternal. They continue to exist in the church, and shall not fail in its glorified state. As long as the redeemed saint shall have future ages before him, so long will trust in God and hope give them brightness, while love itself is the very atmosphere of the divine life. The greatest of these is charity. Love is the greatest because it glorifies both faith and hope, sanctifies every faculty and Christian grace, is the very moving impulse of the gospel, and is the one quality that is divine. "God is love" (1Jo 4:8).

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 13

  • Joanne stern
    Besides all the great meaning in the scripture, it is so beautifully spoken in the king james version. I just don't see how anyone can be vain enough to think they can improve upon it
  • Irene123
    He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good, and what does the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God, Micah 6:8.

    Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God, and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man, Eccl. 12:13. If ye love me, keep my commandments, Jn.14:15.

    I remembered Mic., Jn by heart, cont.
  • Jake
    Love is easily understood on a very surface, conceptual level, but I think it is important not just to see compassion as a thing to implement,but rather to rediscover it as the intrinsic aspect of humanity that throughout our lives we have a tendency to build walls around in the interest of self preservation. It is important to work on removing our walls so our childlike love can shine through.
  • Bre
    I was taught a valuable lesson about love this weekend. A family member and I had a disagreement about money we was still speaking with one another. But out of no where that family member passed away . I'm so glad that we still continued to love each other.
  • Vikthor
    Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.... Those four keys goes for everyone the poor, rich, sick, motherless, handicapped, lonely, frustrated,for all are the living, but all without CHARITY is profiteth you nothing..
  • Lilian
    Charity is the greatest of all compared to your hope and faith. God have commanded us to do Coz even if you have faith and hope but without charity we will not be blessed. God filled our cups to overflow so that we can be a blessing and be light to others Thanks to the blood of Jesus. Lets keep praising Jesus and worship him alone for he is our Jehova our Provider our Peace and righteousness AMN