1 Corinthians 13:13
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New International Version
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

New Living Translation
Three things will last forever--faith, hope, and love--and the greatest of these is love.

English Standard Version
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

New American Standard Bible
But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.

King James Bible
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

International Standard Version
Right now three things remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

NET Bible
And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For there are these three things that endure: Faith, Hope and Love, but the greatest of these is Love.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So these three things remain: faith, hope, and love. But the best one of these is love.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And now abide faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

King James 2000 Bible
And now abides faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

American King James Version
And now stays faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

American Standard Version
But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity.

Darby Bible Translation
And now abide faith, hope, love; these three things; and the greater of these [is] love.

English Revised Version
But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

Webster's Bible Translation
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Weymouth New Testament
And so there remain Faith, Hope, Love--these three; and of these the greatest is Love.

World English Bible
But now faith, hope, and love remain--these three. The greatest of these is love.

Young's Literal Translation
and now there doth remain faith, hope, love -- these three; and the greatest of these is love.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:8-13 Charity is much to be preferred to the gifts on which the Corinthians prided themselves. From its longer continuance. It is a grace, lasting as eternity. The present state is a state of childhood, the future that of manhood. Such is the difference between earth and heaven. What narrow views, what confused notions of things, have children when compared with grown men! Thus shall we think of our most valued gifts of this world, when we come to heaven. All things are dark and confused now, compared with what they will be hereafter. They can only be seen as by the reflection in a mirror, or in the description of a riddle; but hereafter our knowledge will be free from all obscurity and error. It is the light of heaven only, that will remove all clouds and darkness that hide the face of God from us. To sum up the excellences of charity, it is preferred not only to gifts, but to other graces, to faith and hope. Faith fixes on the Divine revelation, and assents thereto, relying on the Divine Redeemer. Hope fastens on future happiness, and waits for that; but in heaven, faith will be swallowed up in actual sight, and hope in enjoyment. There is no room to believe and hope, when we see and enjoy. But there, love will be made perfect. There we shall perfectly love God. And there we shall perfectly love one another. Blessed state! how much surpassing the best below! God is love, 1Jo 4:8,16. Where God is to be seen as he is, and face to face, there charity is in its greatest height; there only will it be perfected.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - And now. The "now" is not temporal (as opposed to the "then" of the previous verse), but logical. It sums up the paragraph. Abideth. These three graces are fundamental and permanent; not transient, like the charisms, on which the Corinthians were priding themselves, but which should all be "annulled." Faith, hope, charity. It might be difficult to see how "hope" should be permanent. But if the future state be progressive throughout eternity and infinitude, hope will never quite be lost in fruition. Even "within the veil," it will still remain as "an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast" (Hebrews 6:19). The greatest of these is charity; more literally, greater than these is love. St. Paul does not explain why love is the greatest and best of the three. Various reasons may be given.

1. Love is the greatest, because it is the root of the other two; "we believe only in that which we love; we hope only for that which we love.

2. And love is the greatest because love is for our neighbours; faith and hope mainly for ourselves.

3. And love is the greatest because faith and hope are human, but God is love.

4. And love is the greatest because faith and hope can only work by love, and only show themselves by love. Thus love is as the undivided perfection of sevenfold light. Faith and hope are precious stones of one colour, as a ruby and a sapphire; but love, as he has been showing us throughout the chapter, is a diamond of many facets.





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three,.... Which are the principal graces of the Spirit of God: faith is to be understood, not of a faith of miracles, for that does not abide; nor of an historical one, or mere assent to truth; persons may have this faith, and believe but for a while; but of that faith, which is peculiar to God's elect; is a fruit and effect of electing grace, and for that reason abides; is the gift of God, and one of those which are without repentance; is the work of God, and the operation of his Spirit, and therefore will be performed with power; it is the grace by which a soul sees Christ, goes unto him, lays hold on him, receives him, relies on him, and lives upon him: "hope" is also a gift of God's grace, implanted in regeneration; has God and Christ, and not any worldly thing, or outward performance, for its object, ground, and foundation, to build upon; it is of things unseen, future, difficult, yet possible to be enjoyed; it is supported by the love of God, is encouraged by promises, and is sure, being fixed on Christ and his righteousness; it is that grace by which saints wait for things promised, and rejoice in the believing views of glory and happiness: charity designs love to God, Christ, and the saints, as has been explained, and a large account is given of it in this chapter: these are the three chief and leading graces in God's people, and they abide and continue with them; they may fail sometimes, as to their lively exercise, but never as to their being and principle; faith may droop and hang its wing, hope may not be lively, and love may wax cold, but neither of them can be lost; Christ prays that faith fail not, hope on him is an anchor sure and steadfast, and nothing can separate from the love of Christ; as not from the love of Christ to his people, so not from theirs to him: these graces abide now, during the present life: he that has true faith in Christ, shall die in it; and he that has a good hope through grace, shall have it in his death; and love will outlive death, and be in its height and glory in the other world: for which reason it is added,

but the greatest of these is charity; and is said to be so, not that it is on every account the greatest; faith in many things exceeds that, as what is ascribed to it in Scripture shows; but because of the peculiar properties and effects of it before mentioned, it including faith and hope, as in 1 Corinthians 13:7 and besides many other things, and because, without this, faith and hope are nothing: and besides, its usefulness is more extensive than either of the other two; a man's faith is only for himself; a just man lives by his own faith, and not another's; one man's faith will be of no service to another, and the same is true of hope; but by love saints serve one another, both in things temporal and spiritual, and chiefly it is said to be the greatest, because most durable; in the other world, faith will be changed for vision, and hope for enjoyment, but love will abide, and be in its full perfection and constant exercise, to all eternity. The Jews (w) say much the same of humility the apostle does here of charity;

"wisdom, fear, humility, they are alike, "but humility is greater than them all".''

(w) Piske Toseph. in T. Bab. Yebamot, art. 196.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. And now—Translate, "But now." "In this present state" [Henderson]. Or, "now" does not express time, but opposition, as in 1Co 5:11, "the case being so" [Grotius]; whereas it is the case that the three gifts, "prophecy," "tongues," and "knowledge" (cited as specimens of the whole class of gifts) "fail" (1Co 13:8), there abide permanently only these three—faith, hope, charity. In one sense faith and hope shall be done away, faith being superseded by sight, and hope by actual fruition (Ro 8:24; 2Co 5:7); and charity, or love, alone never faileth (1Co 13:8). But in another sense, "faith and hope," as well as "charity," ABIDE; namely, after the extraordinary gifts have ceased; for those three are necessary and sufficient for salvation at all times, whereas the extraordinary gifts are not at all so; compare the use of "abide," 1Co 3:14. Charity, or love, is connected specially with the Holy Spirit, who is the bond of the loving union between the brethren (Ro 15:30; Col 1:8). Faith is towards God. Hope is in behalf of ourselves. Charity is love to God creating in us love towards our neighbor. In an unbeliever there is more or less of the three opposites—unbelief, despair, hatred. Even hereafter faith in the sense of trust in God "abideth"; also "hope," in relation to ever new joys in prospect, and at the anticipation of ever increasing blessedness, sure never to be disappointed. But love alone in every sense "abideth"; it is therefore "the greatest" of the three, as also because it presupposes "faith," which without "love" and its consequent "works" is dead (Ga 5:6; Jas 2:17, 20).

but—rather, "and"; as there is not so strong opposition between charity and the other two, faith and hope, which like it also "abide."

1 Corinthians 13:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
Love
12For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 13But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Cross References
Galatians 5:6
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

1 Thessalonians 1:3
We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 6:19
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,
Treasury of Scripture

And now stays faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

abideth.

1 Corinthians 3:14 If any man's work abide which he has built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

1 Peter 1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and …

1 John 2:14,24 I have written to you, fathers, because you have known him that is …

1 John 3:9 Whoever is born of God does not commit sin; for his seed remains …

faith.

Luke 8:13-15 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word …

Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not: and when you …

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

Hebrews 10:35,39 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which has great recompense of reward…

Hebrews 11:1-7 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things …

1 John 5:1-5 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every …

hope.

Psalm 42:11 Why are you cast down, O my soul? and why are you disquieted within …

Psalm 43:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? and why are you disquieted within …

Psalm 146:5 Happy is he that has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is …

Lamentations 3:21-26 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope…

Romans 5:4,5 And patience, experience; and experience, hope…

Romans 8:24,25 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for …

Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, …

Colossians 1:5,27 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof you heard …

1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate …

Hebrews 6:11,19 And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to …

1 Peter 1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and …

1 John 3:3 And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure.

charity.

1 Corinthians 13:1-8 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not …

1 Corinthians 8:1,3 Now as touching things offered to idols, we know that we all have …

2 Corinthians 5:10,15 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every …

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

1 John 2:10 He that loves his brother stays in the light, and there is none occasion …

1 John 4:7-18 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one …

the greatest.

1 Corinthians 13:8 Charity never fails: but whether there be prophecies, they shall …

1 Corinthians 14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that …

1 Corinthians 16:14 Let all your things be done with charity.

Mark 12:29-31 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, …

Luke 10:27 And he answering said, You shall love the Lord your God with all …

Galatians 5:13-22 For, brothers, you have been called to liberty; only use not liberty …

Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge …

Colossians 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfection.

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

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of …

1 John 4:7-9 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one …

2 John 1:4-6 I rejoiced greatly that I found of your children walking in truth, …

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