1 Corinthians 13:4

“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Charitie suffereth long, and is kinde: charitie enuieth not: charitie vaunteth not it selfe, is not puffed vp,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Love is patient, love is kind {and} is not jealous; love does not brag {and} is not arrogant,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Love suffereth long, `and' is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
- American Standard Version (1901)

Love is never tired of waiting; love is kind; love has no envy; love has no high opinion of itself, love has no pride;
- Basic English Bible

Love has long patience, is kind; love is not emulous [of others]; love is not insolent and rash, is not puffed up,
- Darby Bible

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
- Webster's Bible

Love is patient and kind. Love knows neither envy nor jealousy. Love is not forward and self-assertive, nor boastful and conceited.
- Weymouth Bible

Love is patient and is kind; love doesn't envy. Love doesn't brag, is not proud,
- World English Bible

Charite is pacient, it is benygne; charite enuyeth not, it doith not wickidli, it is not blowun,
- Wycliffe Bible

The love is long-suffering, it is kind, the love doth not envy, the love doth not vaunt itself, is not puffed up,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 13:4


13:4 The love of God, and of our neighbour for God's sake, is patient toward, all men. It, suffers all the weakness, ignorance, errors, and infirmities of the children of God; all the malice and wickedness of the children of the world: and all this, not only for a time, but to the end. And in every step toward overcoming evil with good, it is kind, soft, mild, benign. It inspires the sufferer at once with the most amiable sweetness, and the most fervent and tender affection. Love acteth not rashly - Does not hastily condemn any one; never passes a severe sentence on a slight or sudden view of things. Nor does it ever act or behave in a violent, headstrong, or precipitate manner. Is not puffed up - Yea, humbles the soul to the dust.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 13:4


1Co 13:4 The action of love is now described. Charity suffereth long. Love endures slights and wrongs patiently and long, and returns a kindly spirit. It is "slow to anger" (Ps 103:8). Christ, "when he was reviled, reviled not again" (1Pe 2:23). "The fruit of the Spirit is long-suffering" (Ga 5:22). See also Ro 2:4 2Co 6:6. Charity envieth not. How miserable is that envy which is made unhappy by the good fortune of another. Cain is an example. Love excludes it. A mother does not envy her child. Vaunteth not itself. Does not ostentatiously boast of superiority, not is it inflated.

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