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

  • 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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