1 Corinthians 13:3

“And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And though I bestowe all my goods to feede the poore, and though I giue my body to bee burned, and haue not charitie, it profiteth me nothing.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And if I give all my possessions to feed {the poor,} and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And if I bestow all my goods to feed `the poor', and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profiteth me nothing.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And if I give all my goods to the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it is of no profit to me.
- Basic English Bible

And if I shall dole out all my goods in food, and if I deliver up my body that I may be burned, but have not love, I profit nothing.
- Darby Bible

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
- Webster's Bible

And if I distribute all my possessions to the poor, and give up my body to be burned, but am destitute of Love, it profits me nothing.
- Weymouth Bible

If I dole out all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but don't have love, it profits me nothing.
- World English Bible

And if Y departe alle my goodis in to the metis of pore men, and yf Y bitake my bodi, so that Y brenne, and if Y haue not charite, it profitith to me no thing.
- Wycliffe Bible

and if I give away to feed others all my goods, and if I give up my body that I may be burned, and have not love, I am profited nothing.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 13:3


13:3 And though I - Deliberately, piece by piece. Give all my goods to feed the poor, yea, though I deliver up my body to be burned - Rather than I would renounce my religion. And have not the love - Hereafter described. It profiteth me nothing - Without this, whatever I speak, whatever I have, whatever I know, whatever I do, whatever I suffer, is nothing.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 13:3


1Co 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed [the poor]. Though he exhibit what the world calls charity in the highest degree, unless he is filled with love, it is nothing. One might give his goods from a desire of praise. Though I give my body to be burned. Gives not only goods, but his body itself. If, like a Buddhist ascetic, he leaps into the flames to burn away the dross and to etherialize his spirit. And have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. These sacrifices are useless unless consecrated by love. All these things are excellences if sanctified by the divine principle of love, but are profitless without it.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 13

  • Swchu
    Interesting and rewarding source knowledge for happy growth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 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.

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