1 Corinthians 13:1
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New International Version
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

New Living Translation
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn't love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

English Standard Version
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

Berean Study Bible
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a ringing gong or a clanging cymbal.

Berean Literal Bible
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become a sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.

New American Standard Bible
If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

King James Bible
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If I speak human or angelic languages but do not have love, I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

International Standard Version
If I speak in the languages of humans and angels but have no love, I have become a reverberating gong or a clashing cymbal.

NET Bible
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but I do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If I shall speak with every human and Angelic language and have no love in me, I shall be clanging brass or a noise-making cymbal.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I may speak in the languages of humans and of angels. But if I don't have love, I am a loud gong or a clashing cymbal.

New American Standard 1977
If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal.

King James 2000 Bible
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.

American King James Version
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

American Standard Version
If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.

Douay-Rheims Bible
IF I speak with the tongues of men, and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

Darby Bible Translation
If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.

English Revised Version
If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.

Webster's Bible Translation
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

Weymouth New Testament
If I can speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but am destitute of Love, I have but become a loud-sounding trumpet or a clanging cymbal.

World English Bible
If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don't have love, I have become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.

Young's Literal Translation
If with the tongues of men and of messengers I speak, and have not love, I have become brass sounding, or a cymbal tinkling;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
13:1-3 The excellent way had in view in the close of the former chapter, is not what is meant by charity in our common use of the word, almsgiving, but love in its fullest meaning; true love to God and man. Without this, the most glorious gifts are of no account to us, of no esteem in the sight of God. A clear head and a deep understanding, are of no value without a benevolent and charitable heart. There may be an open and lavish hand, where there is not a liberal and charitable heart. Doing good to others will do none to us, if it be not done from love to God, and good-will to men. If we give away all we have, while we withhold the heart from God, it will not profit. Nor even the most painful sufferings. How are those deluded who look for acceptance and reward for their good works, which are as scanty and defective as they are corrupt and selfish!
Study Bible
Love
1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a ringing gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have absolute faith so as to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.…
Cross References
Psalm 150:5
Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with resounding cymbals.

Mark 16:17
And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues;

1 Corinthians 12:10
to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in various tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.

1 Corinthians 13:8
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be restrained; where there is knowledge, it will be dismissed.

1 Corinthians 14:2
For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men, but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries in the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 14:4
The one who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but the one who prophesies edifies the church.

1 Corinthians 14:5
I wish that all of you could speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may be edified.

2 Corinthians 12:4
was caught up into Paradise. The things he heard were too sacred for words, things that man is not permitted to tell.

Revelation 14:2
And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and the loud rumbling of thunder. And the sound I heard was like harpists strumming their harps.
Treasury of Scripture

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

I speak.

1 Corinthians 13:2,3 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, …

1 Corinthians 12:8,16,29,30 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another …

1 Corinthians 14:6 Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall …

2 Corinthians 12:4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, …

2 Peter 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through …

have not.

1 Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching things offered to idols, we know that we all have …

Matthew 25:45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as …

Romans 14:15 But if your brother be grieved with your meat, now walk you not charitably. …

Galatians 5:6,22 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision; …

1 Timothy 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and …

1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity …

as.

1 Corinthians 14:7,8 And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, …

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