1 Corinthians 13:5

“Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Doeth not behaue it selfe vnseemly, seeketh not her owne, is not easily prouoked, thinketh no euill,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong {suffered,}
- New American Standard Version (1995)

doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not its own, is not provoked, taketh not account of evil;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Love's ways are ever fair, it takes no thought for itself; it is not quickly made angry, it takes no account of evil;
- Basic English Bible

does not behave in an unseemly manner, does not seek what is its own, is not quickly provoked, does not impute evil,
- Darby Bible

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not its own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
- Webster's Bible

She does not behave unbecomingly, nor seek to aggrandize herself, nor blaze out in passionate anger, nor brood over wrongs.
- Weymouth Bible

doesn't behave itself inappropriately, doesn't seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil;
- World English Bible

it is not coueytouse, it sekith not tho thingis that ben hise owne, it is not stirid to wraththe, it thenkith not yuel,
- Wycliffe Bible

doth not act unseemly, doth not seek its own things, is not provoked, doth not impute evil,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 13:5


13:5 It doth not behave indecently - Is not rude, or willingly offensive, to any. It renders to all their due - Suitable to time, person, and all other circumstances. Seeketh not her own - Ease, pleasure, honour, or temporal advantage. Nay, sometimes the lover of mankind seeketh not, in some sense, even his own spiritual advantage; does not think of himself, so long as a zeal for the glory of God and the souls of men swallows him up. But, though he is all on fire for these ends, yet he is not provoked to sharpness or unkindness toward any one. Outward provocations indeed will frequently occur; but he triumphs over all. Love thinketh no evil - Indeed it cannot but see and hear evil things, and know that they are so; but it does not willingly think evil of any; neither infer evil where it does not appear. It tears up, root and branch, all imagining of what we have not proof. It casts out all jealousies, all evil surmises, all readiness to believe evil.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 13:5


1Co 13:5 Doth not behave itself unseemly. Discourteously and in a way to shock good manners or morals. Seeketh not its own. Is unselfish and disinterested. See Ro 12:10. Is not easily provoked. Does not fly into a rage, but keeps the temper under control. Thinketh no evil. "Taketh not account of evil". The idea of the Revised Version is that love does not keep a record of evil rendered so as to return it.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 13

  • 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.
  • Ray321
    Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. We must not puff ourselves in how good we are in the Word. We must love the young child of God not put them down because of there milk they take. Love my friends .

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