1 Corinthians 13:2

“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And though I haue the gift of prophesie, and vnderstand all mysteries and all knowledge: and though I haue all faith, so that I could remooue mountaines, and haue no charitie, I am nothing.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

If I have {the gift of} prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And if I have `the gift of' prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And if I have a prophet's power, and have knowledge of all secret things; and if I have all faith, by which mountains may be moved from their place, but have not love, I am nothing.
- Basic English Bible

And if I have prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
- Darby Bible

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
- Webster's Bible

If I possess the gift of prophecy and am versed in all mysteries and all knowledge, and have such absolute faith that I can remove mountains, but am destitute of Love, I am nothing.
- Weymouth Bible

If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but don't have love, I am nothing.
- World English Bible

And if Y haue prophecie, and knowe alle mysteries, and al kunnynge, and if Y haue al feith, so that Y meue hillis fro her place, and Y haue not charite, Y am nouyt.
- Wycliffe Bible

and if I have prophecy, and know all the secrets, and all the knowledge, and if I have all the faith, so as to remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 13:2


13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy - Of foretelling future events. And understand all the mysteries - Both of God's word and providence. And all knowledge - Of things divine and human, that ever any mortal attained to. And though I have the highest degree of miracle working faith, and have not this love, I am nothing.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 13:2


1Co 13:2 Though I have [the gift of] prophecy. Another and a high spiritual gift. See PNT "1Co 12:10". And understand all mysteries. Have supernatural wisdom so as to understand all the secrets of God. And all knowledge. See PNT "1Co 12:8". Though I have all faith. See PNT "1Co 12:9". The faith that imparts miraculous power, faith that could remove mountains. See Mt 17:20. It is clear that Paul knew of the utterance of Christ, since the test of the power of faith is the same.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 13

  • Steve morrow
    1 PETER 2:2 AS NEWBORN BABES DESIRE THE SINCERE MILK OF THE WORD THAT YOU MAY GROW THEREBY HEBREWS 5:12 FOR WHEN FOR THE TIME YOU OUGHT TO BE TEACHERS YOU HAVE NEED THAT ONE TEACH YOU AGAIN WHICH BE THE FIRST PRINCIPLES OF THE ORACLES OF GOD AND ARE BECOME SUCH AS HAVE NEED OF MILK AND NOT OF STRONG MEAT 5:13 FOR EVERY ONE THAT USETH MILK IS UNSKILFUL IN THE WORD OF RIGHTEOUSNESS FOR HE IS A BABE ISAIAH 55:1 HO EVERY ONE THAT THIRSTETH COME YE TO THE WATERS AND HE THAT HATH NO MONEY COME YOU BUY AND EAT YEA COME BUY WINE AND MILK WITHOUT MONEY AND WITHOUT PRICE 55:2 WHEREFORE DO YOU SPEND MONEY FOR THAT WHICH IS NOT BREAD AND YOUR LABOR FOR THAT WHICH SASTIFIETH NOT HEARKEN DILIGENTLY UNTO ME AND EAT YOU THAT WHICH IS GOOD AND LET YOUR SOUL DELIGHT ITSELF IN FATNESS JOHN 6:51 I AM THE LIVING BREAD WHICH COMETH DOWN FROM HEAVEN IF ANY MAN EAT OF THIS BREAD HE SHALL LIVE FOR EVER AND THE BREAD THAT I WILL GIVE IS MY FLESH WHICH I WILL GIVE FOR THE LIFE OF THE WORLD
  • 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

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