1 Corinthians 13:3
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New International Version
If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

New Living Translation
If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn't love others, I would have gained nothing.

English Standard Version
If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

New American Standard Bible
And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

King James Bible
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And if I donate all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body in order to boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.

International Standard Version
Even if I give away everything that I have and sacrifice myself, but have no love, I gain nothing.

NET Bible
If I give away everything I own, and if I give over my body in order to boast, but do not have love, I receive no benefit.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if I should feed everything that I have to the poor, and if I hand over my body to be burned up and I have no love in me, I gain nothing.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I may even give away all that I have and give up my body to be burned. But if I don't have love, none of these things will help me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor and though I give my body to be burned and have not charity, it profits me nothing.

King James 2000 Bible
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profits me nothing.

American King James Version
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profits me nothing.

American Standard Version
And if I bestow all my goods to feed the poor , and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profiteth me nothing.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should deliver my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Darby Bible Translation
And if I shall dole out all my goods in food, and if I deliver up my body that I may be burned, but have not love, I profit nothing.

English Revised Version
And if I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profiteth me nothing.

Webster's Bible Translation
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Weymouth New Testament
And if I distribute all my possessions to the poor, and give up my body to be burned, but am destitute of Love, it profits me nothing.

World English Bible
If I dole out all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but don't have love, it profits me nothing.

Young's Literal Translation
and if I give away to feed others all my goods, and if I give up my body that I may be burned, and have not love, I am profited nothing.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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!

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor. The five words, "bestow to feed the poor," represent the one Greek word psomiso, and after all do not give its force. It is derived from psomion, a mouthful, and so means "give away by mouthfuls," i.e. "dole away." It occurs in Romans 12:20 for "feed." Attention to this verse might have served as a warning against the often useless and sometimes even pernicious doles of mediaeval monasteries. Much of the "charity" of these days is even more uncharitable than this, and shows the most complete absence of true charity; as for instance the dropping of pennies to professional beggars, and so putting a premium on vice and imposture. To be burned. The reading is extremely uncertain. The change of a letter gives the reading, that I may glory (καυχήσωμαι for καυθήσωμαι). Perhaps the scribes thought that "death by burning" was as yet (A.D. 57) an unheard of form of martyrdom, though it became but too familiar ten or twelve years later in the Neronian persecution. St. Paul was, however, probably referring, not, as some have supposed, to branding, which would bare been expressed differently, but to the case of the "three children," in Daniel 3:23, where the LXX. has, "They gave their bodies into the fire;" or to the various tortures and deaths by fire in 2 Macc. 7. At the burning of Ridley and Latimer, Dr. Smith chose this verse for his text. Its applicability is on a par with millions of other instances in which Scripture has been grossly abused by employing its letter to murder its spirit, and by taking it from the God of love to give it to the devil of religious hatred. The burning of a saint was a singular specimen of the Church's "love." It profiteth me nothing; literally, I am nothing benefited. A consideration of this verse might have shown the Christians of the early centuries that there was nothing intrinsically redemptive in the martyrdom into which they often thrust themselves.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor,.... Of which the Jews give us instances; they say (n), that R. Ishcab stood, , "and distributed all his goods to the poor"; and a little after they say the same of King Monbaz, that he stood and gave away, or dispersed, "all his goods to the poor"; and elsewhere (o) they say of R. Eliezer ben Judah, that the collectors of alms ran away from him, because he would have given them , "all that he had"; and of another, they say (p), that he took all that he had in his house, and went out to divide it among the poor; but of what avail was all this, when what these men did, they did not from a principle of love to God, nor to Christ, nor even to the poor, to whom they gave their substance; but to have honour and applause from men, and have and obtain eternal life hereafter? for they thought by so doing, that they deserved to behold the face of God, enjoy his favour, and be partakers of the happiness of the world to come (q):

and though I give my body to be burned; which may be done by a man that has no principle of grace in him; the very Heathens have done it; as the Indian queens upon the decease and funeral of their husbands; and Calenus, an Indian philosopher, who followed Alexander the great, and erected a funeral pile, and went into it of his own accord; and Peregrinus, another philosopher, did the like in the times of Trajan. The apostle here respects martyrdom, and by a prophetic spirit has respect to future times, when burning men's bodies for religion would be in use, which then was not; and suggests that there might be some, as according to ecclesiastical history there seems to have been some, who, from a forward and misguided zeal, and to get themselves a name, and leave one behind them, have exposed themselves to the flames, and yet "have not" had "charity", true love to God, a real affection for Christ, or to his saints: wherefore the apostle hypothetically says, supposing himself to be the person that had done all this, it profiteth me nothing: such things may profit others, but not a man's self; giving all his goods to the poor may be of advantage to them, and giving his body to be burned in the cause of religion may be of service to others, to confirm their faith, and encourage them to like sufferings when called to them; but can be of no avail to themselves in the business of salvation; which is not procured by works of righteousness, even the best, and much less by such which proceed from wrong principles, and are directed to wrong ends; the grace of God being wanting, and particularly that of love.

(n) T. Hieros. Peah, fol. 15. 2.((o) Juchasin, fol. 51. 2. Vid. T. Bab. Bava Bathra, fol. 148. 2.((p) Vajikra Rabba, sect. 34. fol. 174. 4. & Mattanot Cehunah in ib. (q) T. Pesach. fol. 8. 1, 2. Roshhashanah, fol. 4. 1. Bava Bathra, fol. 10. 1, 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. bestow … goods … poor—literally, "dole out in food" all my goods; one of the highest functions of the "helps" (1Co 12:28).

give … body to be burned—literally, "to such a degree as that I should be burned." As the three youths did (Da 3:28), "yielded their bodies" (compare 2Co 12:15). These are most noble exemplifications of love in giving and in suffering. Yet they may be without love; in which case the "goods" and "body" are given, but not the soul, which is the sphere of love. Without the soul God rejects all else, and so rejects the man, who is therefore "profited" nothing (Mt 16:26; Lu 9:23-25). Men will fight for Christianity, and die for Christianity, but not live in its spirit, which is love.

1 Corinthians 13:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Love
2If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. 4Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,…
Cross References
Daniel 3:28
Then Nebuchadnezzar said, "Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king's command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.

Matthew 6:2
"So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.
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And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profits me nothing.

though I bestow.

Matthew 6:1-4 Take heed that you do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: …

Matthew 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad …

Luke 18:22,28 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said to him, Yet lack you one …

Luke 19:8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said to the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half …

Luke 21:3,4 And he said, Of a truth I say to you, that this poor widow has cast …

John 12:43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

Galatians 5:26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying …

Philippians 1:15-18 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will…

though I give.

Daniel 3:16-28 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O …

Matthew 7:22,23 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied …

John 13:37 Peter said to him, Lord, why cannot I follow you now? I will lay …

John 15:13 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Acts 21:13 Then Paul answered, What mean you to weep and to break my heart? …

Philippians 1:20,21 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing …

Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness …

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Isaiah 57:12 I will declare your righteousness, and your works; for they shall …

Jeremiah 7:8 Behold, you trust in lying words, that cannot profit.

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