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 13:3

  • Jim Kern for verse 3
    I think it may be referring to the fact that during that era Nero was burning
    Christians at the stake. Paul may be saying that a supreme sacrifice might be to take the place of someone scheduled to be so sacrificed. Selah...
    Selah

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