1 Corinthians 13:4
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New International Version
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

New Living Translation
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud

English Standard Version
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant

New American Standard Bible
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,

King James Bible
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not conceited,

International Standard Version
Love is always patient; love is always kind; love is never envious or arrogant with pride. Nor is she conceited,

NET Bible
Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Love is patient and sweet; love does not envy; love is not upset neither puffed up.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Love is patient. Love is kind. Love isn't jealous. It doesn't sing its own praises. It isn't arrogant.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Charity suffers long and is benign; charity envies not; charity does nothing without due reason, is not puffed up,

King James 2000 Bible
Love suffers long, and is kind; love envies not; love vaunts not itself, is not puffed up,

American King James Version
Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity envies not; charity braggs not itself, is not puffed up,

American Standard Version
Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely; is not puffed up;

Darby Bible Translation
Love has long patience, is kind; love is not emulous [of others]; love is not insolent and rash, is not puffed up,

English Revised Version
Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Webster's Bible Translation
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Weymouth New Testament
Love is patient and kind. Love knows neither envy nor jealousy. Love is not forward and self-assertive, nor boastful and conceited.

World English Bible
Love is patient and is kind; love doesn't envy. Love doesn't brag, is not proud,

Young's Literal Translation
The love is long-suffering, it is kind, the love doth not envy, the love doth not vaunt itself, is not puffed up,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:4-7 Some of the effects of charity are stated, that we may know whether we have this grace; and that if we have not, we may not rest till we have it. This love is a clear proof of regeneration, and is a touchstone of our professed faith in Christ. In this beautiful description of the nature and effects of love, it is meant to show the Corinthians that their conduct had, in many respects, been a contrast to it. Charity is an utter enemy to selfishness; it does not desire or seek its own praise, or honour, or profit, or pleasure. Not that charity destroys all regard to ourselves, or that the charitable man should neglect himself and all his interests. But charity never seeks its own to the hurt of others, or to neglect others. It ever prefers the welfare of others to its private advantage. How good-natured and amiable is Christian charity! How excellent would Christianity appear to the world, if those who profess it were more under this Divine principle, and paid due regard to the command on which its blessed Author laid the chief stress! Let us ask whether this Divine love dwells in our hearts. Has this principle guided us into becoming behaviour to all men? Are we willing to lay aside selfish objects and aims? Here is a call to watchfulness, diligence, and prayer.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 4-7. - The attributes of love. Verse 4. Suffereth long, and is kind. Passively it endures; actively it does good. It endures evils; it confers blessings. Envieth not. Its negative characteristics are part of its positive perfection. Envy - "one shape of many names" - includes malice, grudge, jealousy, pique, an evil eye, etc., with all their base and numerous manifestations. Vaunteth not itself. The meaning would probably be most nearly expressed by the colloquialism, does not show off. It does not, for instance, "do its alms before men to be seen of them" (Matthew 6:1). The Latin perperus, which is from the same root as this word, means "a braggart," or "swaggerer." Cicero, speaking of a grand oratorical display of his own before Pompey, says to Atticus, "Good heavens! how I showed myself off (ἐνεπερπερευσάμην) before my new hearer, Pompeius!" ('Ad. Art.,' 1:14). Is not puffed up. Has no purse proud or inflated arrogance." Love, therefore, is free from the characteristic vice of the Corinthian Church (1 Corinthians 4:6, 18, 19; 1 Corinthians 5:2; 1 Corinthians 8:1).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Charity suffereth long,.... The apostle, in this and some following verses, enumerates the several properties and characters of the grace of love; and all along represents it as if it was a person, and no doubt designs one who is possessed of it, and in whose heart it is implanted and reigns; such an one is said to "suffer long", or be "patient", as the Vulgate Latin and Ethiopic versions read; not only under afflictions by the hand of God, which such an one considers as arising from love; but under the reproaches and persecutions of men, for the sake of Christ and his Gospel, and in imitation of him; such a person is slow to anger when abused, not quick of resentment, nor hasty to revenge when affronted; but exercises forbearance, suffers long, and bears much, and is ready to forgive:

and is kind; liberal, and bountiful, does good to all men, even to enemies, and especially to the household of faith; he is gentle to all men, affable and courteous to his brethren, and not morose, churlish, and ill natured; he is easy and yielding to the tempers and humours of men; accommodates himself to their infirmities, capacities, manners, and circumstances, in everything he can, that is not contrary to the glory of God, the interest of Christ, the honour of religion, his own con science, and the good of men;

charity envieth not; or he that has the grace of love to God, Christ, and the saints, does not envy the temporal happiness of others, though it is what he has not, or is greater than he enjoys; as Rachel envied her sister, because she had children when she herself had none; as Joseph's brethren envied him because he had a greater share in his father's affections than they had; or as good men may be tempted to envy the prosperity of the wicked, when they themselves are in adversity; but this grace, when in exercise, will not suffer a person to do: nor will such an one envy the superior measures of grace, the more excellent spiritual gifts, or the greater degree of usefulness, and of success in any spiritual undertaking, and so of greater honour and respect, in any of the saints and servants of Christ to themselves, of which Moses and John the Baptist are remarkable instances, Numbers 11:28,

charity vaunteth not itself, is not ostentatious, a proud boaster; either of what he has, the things of nature, as wisdom, riches, honour, strength, &c. or spiritual gifts; or of what he does, since what such an one does, he does from a principle of love, and with a view to the glory of God, and not to be seen of men, or to gain their esteem and applause: or is not rash, and precipitant; does not run headlong into measures, to promote his own honour and interest, without considering what will be the consequence of things; nor is he rash with his mouth, or hasty with his lips, to utter anything unbecoming before God or men. The Arabic version renders it, "does not speak deceitfully"; or hypocritically, for nothing is more contrary to true genuine love than this; the Syriac version renders it, "is not tumultuous"; noisy and seditious: such an one is not troublesome in a commonwealth, nor does he go into parties and factions in churches, but is all the reverse:

is not puffed up swelled with pride, and elated with a vain conceit of himself, of his parts and abilities, of his learning, eloquence, wisdom, and knowledge, as the false teachers in this church were; knowledge without grace, unsanctified knowledge, mere notional speculative knowledge, puffeth up; but charity, or the grace of love, does not; that edifies and preserves persons from being puffed up with themselves, or one against another.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. suffereth long—under provocations of evil from others. The negative side of love.

is kind—the positive side. Extending good to others. Compare with love's features here those of the "wisdom from above" (Jas 3:17).

envieth—The Greek includes also jealousy.

vaunteth not—in words, even of gifts which it really possesses; an indirect rebuke of those at Corinth who used the gift of tongues for mere display.

not puffed up—with party zeal, as some at Corinth were (1Co 4:6).

1 Corinthians 13:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Love
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, 5does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,…
Cross References
Proverbs 10:12
Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.

Proverbs 17:9
Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

Acts 7:9
"Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him

1 Corinthians 4:6
Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, "Do not go beyond what is written." Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other.

Galatians 5:22
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Ephesians 4:32
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Colossians 3:12
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

1 Thessalonians 5:14
And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

1 Peter 4:8
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
Treasury of Scripture

Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity envies not; charity braggs not itself, is not puffed up,

suffereth.

Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strifes: but love covers all sins.

2 Corinthians 6:6 By pureness, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by kindness, by the …

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, …

Ephesians 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing …

Colossians 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, to …

Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels …

2 Timothy 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure …

2 Timothy 3:10 But you have fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, …

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, …

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, …

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

is kind.

Nehemiah 9:17 And refused to obey, neither were mindful of your wonders that you …

Proverbs 19:22 The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.

Proverbs 31:20,26 She stretches out her hand to the poor; yes, she reaches forth her …

Luke 6:35,36 But love you your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing …

Ephesians 4:32 And be you kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, …

Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels …

1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be you all of one mind, having compassion one of another, …

2 Peter 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

1 John 3:16-18 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life …

1 John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

envieth.

1 Corinthians 3:3 For you are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and …

Genesis 30:1 And when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied …

Genesis 37:11 And his brothers envied him; but his father observed the saying.

Matthew 27:18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, …

Romans 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, …

2 Corinthians 12:20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, …

Galatians 5:21,26 Contentions, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the …

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

1 Timothy 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes …

Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, …

James 3:14-16 But if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, …

James 4:5 Do you think that the scripture said in vain, The spirit that dwells …

1 Peter 2:1 Why laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and …

vaunteth not itself. or, is not rash.

1 Samuel 25:21,22,33,34 Now David had said, Surely in vain have I kept all that this fellow …

1 Kings 20:10,11 And Benhadad sent to him, and said, The gods do so to me, and more also…

Psalm 10:5 His ways are always grievous; your judgments are far above out of …

Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride comes contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

Proverbs 17:14 The beginning of strife is as when one lets out water: therefore …

Proverbs 25:8-10 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest you know not what to do in the …

Ecclesiastes 7:8,9 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the …

Ecclesiastes 10:4 If the spirit of the ruler rise up against you, leave not your place; …

Daniel 3:19-22 Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage …

is not.

1 Corinthians 4:6,18 And these things, brothers, I have in a figure transferred to myself …

1 Corinthians 5:2 And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that …

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

Colossians 2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and …

Philippians 2:1-5 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of …

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