1 Peter 4:8

“And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And aboue all things haue feruent charitie among your selues: for charity shall couer the multitude of sinnes.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

above all things being fervent in your love among yourselves; for love covereth a multitude of sins:
- American Standard Version (1901)

And most of all be warm in your love for one another; because in love there is forgiveness for sins without number:
- Basic English Bible

but before all things having fervent love among yourselves, because love covers a multitude of sins;
- Darby Bible

And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity will cover a multitude of sins.
- Webster's Bible

Above all continue to love one another fervently, for love throws a veil over a multitude of faults.
- Weymouth Bible

And above all things be earnest in your love among yourselves, for love covers a multitude of sins.
- World English Bible

bifore alle thingis haue ye charite ech to other in you silf algatis lastynge; for charite couerith the multitude of synnes.
- Wycliffe Bible

and, before all things, to one another having the earnest love, because the love shall cover a multitude of sins;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Peter 4:8


4:8 Love covereth a multitude of sins - Yea, love covereth all things. He that loves another, covers his faults, how many soever they be. He turns away his own eyes from them; and, as far as is possible, hides them from others. And he continually prays that all the sinner's iniquities may be forgiven and his sins covered. Meantime the God of love measures to him with the same measure into his bosom.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Peter 4:8


1Pe 4:8 Charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Compare Pr 10:12 1Co 13:7. Love is a mantle which seeks to condone sin rather than exaggerate it.

Discussion for 1 Peter 4

  • BSP
    Verse 9 urges us to be hospitable to others without complaining. We want to be willing and happy to show hospitality.
  • Steve morrow
    1 PETER 4:1 FORASMUCH THEN AS CHRIST HATH SUFFERED FOR US IN THE FLESH ARM YOURSELVES LIKEWISE WITH THE SAME MIND FOR HE THAT HATH SUFFERED IN THE FLESH HATH CEASED FROM SIN 4:2 THAT HE NO LONGER SHOULD LIVE THE REST OF HIS TIME IN THE FLESH TO THE LUSTS OF MEN BUT TO THE WILL OF GOD
  • Steve morrow
    1 JOHN 2:6 HE THAT SAITH HE ABIDETH IN HIM OUGHT HIMSELF ALSO SO TO WALK EVEN AS HE WALKED 1 CORINTHIANS 11:1 BE YOU FOLLOWERS OF ME EVEN AS I ALSO AM OF CHRIST JOHN 12:49 FOR I HAVE NOT SPOKEN OF MYSELF BUT THE FATHER WHICH SENT ME HE GAVE ME A COMMANDMENT WHAT I SHOULD SAY AND WHAT I SHOULD SPEAK
  • A disciple
    Our high calling of God in Christ is to walk with the heart and mind of Jesus our Lord through this world, and not to any more yield ourselves to the easy ways of the old man who lived without a conscience toward God. These are the very things that are so deplorable to the devil heathen nature of the ungodly, and the reason for their relentless opposition, contradiction and persecution of Christ.
  • Irene123
    Marlo,2 23 '13 - You are so right as Jesus said to satan 3times in Lk. ch. 4: "It is written". Jesus used the WORD against satan of which Jesus is the WORD .
  • Steve morrow
    1 PETER 4:17FOR THE TIME IS COME THAT JUDGEMENT MUST BEGIN AT THE HOUSE OF GOD AND IF IT FIRST BEGIN AT US WHAT SHALL THE END BE OF THEM THAT OBEY NOT THE GOSPEL OF GOD 4:18AND IF THE RIGHTEOUS SCARCELY BE SAVED WHERE SHALL THE UNGODLY AND THE SINNER APPEAR 4:19WHEREFORE LET THEM THAT SUFFER ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD COMMIT THE KEEPING OF THEIR SOULS TO HIM WELL DOING AS UNTO A FAITHFUL CREATOR

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