1 Corinthians 13:5
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New International Version
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

New Living Translation
or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.

English Standard Version
or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;

New American Standard Bible
does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,

King James Bible
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
does not act improperly, is not selfish, is not provoked, and does not keep a record of wrongs.

International Standard Version
and she is never rude; she never thinks just of herself or ever gets annoyed. She never is resentful;

NET Bible
It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Love does not commit what is shameful, neither does it seek its own; it is not provoked, neither does it entertain evil thoughts,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It isn't rude. It doesn't think about itself. It isn't irritable. It doesn't keep track of wrongs.

Jubilee Bible 2000
is not injurious, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil,

King James 2000 Bible
Does not behave itself rudely, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, keeps no record of evil;

American King James Version
Does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil;

American Standard Version
doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not its own, is not provoked, taketh not account of evil;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil;

Darby Bible Translation
does not behave in an unseemly manner, does not seek what is its own, is not quickly provoked, does not impute evil,

English Revised Version
doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not its own, is not provoked, taketh not account of evil;

Webster's Bible Translation
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not its own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

Weymouth New Testament
She does not behave unbecomingly, nor seek to aggrandize herself, nor blaze out in passionate anger, nor brood over wrongs.

World English Bible
doesn't behave itself inappropriately, doesn't seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil;

Young's Literal Translation
doth not act unseemly, doth not seek its own things, is not provoked, doth not impute evil,
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

Verse 5. - Doth not behave itself unseemly (see 1 Corinthians 12:23; 1 Corinthians 14:40). Vulgar indecorum is alien from love, as having its root in selfishness and want of sympathy. "Noble manners" are ever the fruit of "noble minds." "Be courteous" (1 Peter 3:8). Seeketh not her own. Self seeking is the root of All evil (1 Corinthians 10:24, 33; Philippians 2:4; Romans 15:1, 2). Is not easily provoked. The word "easily" is here a gloss. The corresponding substantive (paroxusmos, whence our "paroxysm") is used of the sharp contention between Paul and Barnabas (Acts 15:39). Love, when it is perfected, rises superior to all temptations to growing exasperated, although it may often be justly indignant. But, as St. Chrysostom says, "As a spark which falls into the sea hurts not the sea, but is itself extinguished, so an evil thing befalling a loving soul will be extinguished without disquietude." Thinketh no evil; literally, doth not reckon (or, impute) the evil. The phrase seems to be a very comprehensive one, implying that love is neither suspicious, nor implacable, nor retentive in her memory of evil done. Love writes our personal wrongs in ashes or in water.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Doth not behave itself unseemly,.... By using either unbecoming words, or doing indecent actions; for a man unprincipled with this grace will be careful that no filthy and corrupt communication proceed out of his mouth, which may offend pious ears; and that he uses no ridiculous and ludicrous gestures, which may expose himself and grieve the saints; accordingly the Syriac version renders it, "neither does it commit that which is shameful": such an one will not do a little mean despicable action, in reproaching one, or flattering another, in order to gain a point, to procure some worldly advantage, or an interest in the friendship and affection of another. Some understand it in this sense, that one endued with this grace thinks nothing unseemly and unbecoming him, however mean it may appear, in which he can be serviceable to men, and promote the honour of religion and interest of Christ; though it be by making coats and garments for the poor, as Dorcas did; or by washing the feet of the saints, in imitation of his Lord and master: or "is not ambitious", as the Vulgate Latin version reads; of honour and applause, and of being in the highest form, but is lowly, meek and humble:

seeketh not her own things: even those which are "lawful", as the Arabic version renders it; but seeks the things of God, and what will make most for his honour and glory; and the things of Christ, and what relate to the spread of his Gospel, and the enlargement of his kingdom; and also the things of other men, the temporal and spiritual welfare of the saints: such look not only on their own things, and are concerned for them, but also upon the things of others, which they likewise care for:

is not easily provoked: to wrath, but gives place to it: such an one is provoked at sin, at immorality and idolatry, as Paul's spirit was stirred up or provoked, when he saw the superstition of the city of Athens; and is easily provoked to love and good works, which are entirely agreeable to the nature of charity:

thinketh no evil; not but that evil thoughts are in such a man's heart, for none are without them; though they are hateful, abominable, and grieving to such as are partakers of the grace of God, who long to be delivered from them: but the meaning is, either that one possessed of this grace of love does not think of the evil that is done him by another; he forgives, as God has forgiven him, so as to forget the injury done him, and remembers it no more; and so the Arabic version reads it, "and remembers not evil"; having once forgiven it, he thinks of it no more; or he does not meditate revenge, or devise mischief, and contrive evil against man that has done evil to him, as Esau did against his brother Jacob; so the Ethiopic version, by way of explanation, adds, "neither thinks evil, nor consults evil"; or as the word here used will bear to be rendered, "does not impute evil"; reckon or place it to the account of him that has committed it against him, but freely and fully forgives, as God, when he forgives sin, is said not to impute it; or such an one is not suspicious of evil in others, he does not indulge evil surmises, and groundless jealousies; which to do is very contrary to this grace of love.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. not … unseemly—is not uncourteous, or inattentive to civility and propriety.

thinketh no evil—imputeth not evil [Alford]; literally, "the evil" which actually is there (Pr 10:12; 1Pe 4:8). Love makes allowances for the falls of others, and is ready to put on them a charitable construction. Love, so far from devising evil against another, excuses "the evil" which another inflicts on her [Estius]; doth not meditate upon evil inflicted by another [Bengel]; and in doubtful cases, takes the more charitable view [Grotius].

1 Corinthians 13:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Love
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, 6does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;…
Cross References
Jeremiah 40:16
But Gedaliah son of Ahikam said to Johanan son of Kareah, "Don't do such a thing! What you are saying about Ishmael is not true."

1 Corinthians 10:24
No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.

1 Corinthians 10:33
even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.

2 Corinthians 5:19
that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

Philippians 2:21
For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.

2 Timothy 4:16
At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them.
Treasury of Scripture

Does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil;

behave.

1 Corinthians 7:36 But if any man think that he behaves himself uncomely toward his …

1 Corinthians 11:13-16,18,21,22 Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray to God uncovered…

1 Corinthians 14:33-40 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches …

Isaiah 3:5 And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every …

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are …

2 Thessalonians 3:7 For yourselves know how you ought to follow us: for we behaved not …

seeketh.

1 Corinthians 10:24,33 Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth…

1 Corinthians 12:25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members …

Romans 14:12-15 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God…

Romans 15:1,2 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, …

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

Galatians 6:1,2 Brothers, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you which are spiritual, …

Philippians 2:3-5,21 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness …

2 Timothy 2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may …

1 John 3:16,17 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life …

is not.

Numbers 12:3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were on …

Numbers 16:15 And Moses was very wroth, and said to the LORD, Respect not you their …

Numbers 20:10-12 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the …

Psalm 106:32,33 They angered him also at the waters of strife, so that it went ill …

Proverbs 14:17 He that is soon angry deals foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.

Matthew 5:22 But I say to you, That whoever is angry with his brother without …

Mark 3:5 And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved …

James 1:19 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to …

thinketh.

2 Samuel 10:3 And the princes of the children of Ammon said to Hanun their lord, …

Job 21:27 Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which you wrongfully …

Jeremiah 11:19 But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; …

Jeremiah 18:18-20 Then said they, Come and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; …

Jeremiah 40:13-16 Moreover Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces …

Matthew 9:4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Why think you evil in your hearts?

Luke 7:39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spoke within …

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