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

  • Lilian
    When we were a child we speak like a child understand like a child and thought like a child when we became woman and a man we put our childish things away . In life This is how Jesus will brought us higher into a new level but Jesus wants us to behave like a child to him coz he loves us we are the apple of his eyes thank you Jesus for giving us life in abundance for your mercy love and grace
  • BSP
    This verse explains how we should grow. When we were children we could only take in so much information, but as we grow older we are expected to take in deeper things. Our Bible study should be deeper over the years as we grow.
  • Dennis L
    Joanne stern, I completely agree with you. I love the King James Bible translation. It grieves me to hear any number of versions being used by preachers who in all other respects are solid and conservative. I also believe it is confusing to have different versions being used from the pulpit and the church body trying to follow the reading in their own Bibles which are not the same.
  • Christy
    I 1st read this verse in NKJV Bible where love is used not charity. Reading the KJV I found it very confusing. I researched further to find that the word came from agape which means more of unconditional love. I think the two words together would make a better translation. When reading how it says charity it makes me think of Jesus preaching in Mathew 7:22-23 how works won't get you into heaven.
  • 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.