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 of 1 Corinthians 13:4

“Charitie suffereth long, and is kinde: charitie enuieth not: charitie vaunteth not it selfe, is not puffed vp,”
King James Version (1611) - View original scan of 1 Corinthians chapter 13

“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 is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely; is not puffed up; ”
Douay Rheims 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


Richard in Christ's comment on 2021-04-01 19:23:54:

Hello Gary,

I understand your question of "charity" in place of "love". Which I believe we all today know the word "love" better than "charity". Why they chose to use that word several hundred years ago I don't know. Maybe more common then as today it means more of giving money. Stated as "giving alms" then. Love and charity is the same Greek word "agape" in the Greek texts. Meaning "brotherly love, affection, good will, love." It is translated 26 times as "charity" and 85 times as "love".

The NKJV is better than most other versions printed. There are still differences from the original KJV that I don't like. I know there are some things that are easier to read as what you just noted. In two instances in Acts 3:13 and verse 26. Instead of saying "His Son Jesus"(God's Son) it states "His Servant Jesus". In 1 Corinthians 1:18. it states "to us who are BEING saved" from "unto us which ARE saved".

Of coarse these are very subtle changes as there are more. Even as I was lead to Jesus Christ by reading another version of the Holy Bible. The KJV is the best and most accurate though.

To bring up one thing I came across just the other night. I was going over the Wycliff Bible which was written/translated in 1382. If someone thinks the 1611 KJV is hard to read, this version is almost like another language in how early and different the English language was. Most of it, that I went over, is pretty accurate next to the KJV. I came across one word, in one verse, that is very important that differed from the KJV. Knowing that the Wycliff Bible was translated from the Latin Vulgate, and not the Greek texts, I looked up the Vulgate. Copying and translating the verse it actually came out to what the KJV stated. This was very comforting knowing that just this one word was accurate in the KJV to the Vulgate which was written in the year 382AD.

Sorry about all that extra stuff. I just thought I would use this post to bring this up to you and others.

God Bless.


Gary Smith's comment on 2021-04-01 12:40:59:

I was looking in my NKJV by Thomas Nelson at 1 Corinthian 13:4 and it says "Love suffereth long, and is kind; Love envieth not; Love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8Love never fails."

What goes on in your KJV I do not understand how charity which never fails can replace Love.

Prophet 14th Generation

Gary "Nobraham"


MackintoshBrook's comment on 2020-04-09 08:08:41:

Those who can seize the opportunity to walk in front of them will succeed in all likelihood


caren's comment on 2015-04-08 15:25:39:

we need to be studying this chapter of the bible everyday and also asking the Holy Spirit to help us to truly love .


KEKE's comment on 2015-03-24 03:13:34:

This is the law of God and we should do as He command.God is love and i know He loves me regardless,His love is unconditional.Thank you Jesus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Patricia Winton's comment on 2014-04-14 09:39:03:

love like everything else must be learned. It must be practiced daily, which indicates there is work involved. In my opinion this act is most difficult, because the enemy wants to prevent it 's power to draw others by destroying it through it 's process


Rob's comment on 2014-04-03 19:10:03:

Lord Jesus Please teach me to love others the way you have shown me that the LORD GOD loves me. Teach my heart with your Holy Spirit, lead me down your path. Bless your church and help us to spread your wonderful Word. Thank you Jesus my Savior. Amen.


Natalie's comment on 2014-02-19 10:55:34:

That is the law of God and I agree


Hudgeson's comment on 2013-12-13 09:04:14:

Love brings unity,peace and solidarity,so love is important to anyone either to a believer or non believer.


Inez's comment on 2013-09-19 08:34:03:

While God walked earth in the image of Christ Jesus, we see Jesus being able to do any and everything....None in all their power and glory then and now can to be compared or likened to Him...Yet we saw Him living like a pauper...not showing off what he could do or he he really was....Yes that was not important...being kind and giving comfort and forgiveness to the sick and the afflicted, the demon possessed and point people to wisdom and understanding...God did not just say love but he lived love showing us that the humble way out is the winner way out.....One can only begin to love when he debase/humbles himself for only then can he see others....


Seretta Bolo's comment on 2013-08-27 13:18:07:

I believe this verse so much that's what I built my marriage on and I stayed in my marriage till God parted us! Amen and Amen I pray that younger women would believe and do everything it takes to stay in their marriages according to God's instructions on marriage!


esther's comment on 2013-03-15 06:01:08:

Love is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy. Since God is love and all these describe His nature, we can be sure that love also posses all these. Psalm 103:8


Richard's comment on 2013-02-03 06:57:39:

Indeed God is Love.


Kenneth Pugh's comment on 2012-09-02 13:07:05:

I am pondering those occasions when God modeled patience... Also, it strikes me that this aspect of God's care for us is abused with, in that we feel that God is somehow soft and perhaps not willing to do what He has said He would do...


oyatomi's comment on 2012-05-03 23:42:28:

love is a virtue we ought to uphold daily and live every breathing moment


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