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

New Living Translation
Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.

English Standard Version
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

New American Standard Bible
Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.

King James Bible
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Above all, maintain an intense love for each other, since love covers a multitude of sins.

International Standard Version
Above all, continue to love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.

NET Bible
Above all keep your love for one another fervent, because love covers a multitude of sins.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And before everything, have a severe love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Above all, love each other warmly, because love covers many sins.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves; for charity shall cover a multitude of sins.

King James 2000 Bible
And above all things have fervent love among yourselves: for love shall cover a multitude of sins.

American King James Version
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

American Standard Version
above all things being fervent in your love among yourselves; for love covereth a multitude of sins:

Douay-Rheims Bible
But before all things have a constant mutual charity among yourselves: for charity covereth a multitude of sins.

Darby Bible Translation
but before all things having fervent love among yourselves, because love covers a multitude of sins;

English Revised Version
above all things being fervent in your love among yourselves; for love covereth a multitude of sins:

Webster's Bible Translation
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity will cover a multitude of sins.

Weymouth New Testament
Above all continue to love one another fervently, for love throws a veil over a multitude of faults.

World English Bible
And above all things be earnest in your love among yourselves, for love covers a multitude of sins.

Young's Literal Translation
and, before all things, to one another having the earnest love, because the love shall cover a multitude of sins;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:7-11 The destruction of the Jewish church and nation, foretold by our Saviour, was very near. And the speedy approach of death and judgment concerns all, to which these words naturally lead our minds. Our approaching end, is a powerful argument to make us sober in all worldly matters, and earnest in religion. There are so many things amiss in all, that unless love covers, excuses, and forgives in others, the mistakes and faults for which every one needs the forbearance of others, Satan will prevail to stir up divisions and discords. But we are not to suppose that charity will cover or make amends for the sins of those who exercise it, so as to induce God to forgive them. The nature of a Christian's work, which is high work and hard work, the goodness of the Master, and the excellence of the reward, all require that our endeavours should be serious and earnest. And in all the duties and services of life, we should aim at the glory of God as our chief end. He is a miserable, unsettled wretch, who cleaves to himself, and forgets God; is only perplexed about his credit, and gain, and base ends, which are often broken, and which, when he attains, both he and they must shortly perish together. But he who has given up himself and his all to God, may say confidently that the Lord is his portion; and nothing but glory through Christ Jesus, is solid and lasting; that abideth for ever.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves; more literally, before all things, having your love towards one another intense. The existence of charity is taken for granted. Christians must love one another; love is the very badge of their profession. The apostle urges his readers to keep that love intense, and that before all things; for charity is the first of Christian graces. (On the word "intense" (ἐκτενής), see note on 1 Peter 1:22.) For charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Read and translate, with the Revised Version, for love covereth a multitude of sins. If St. Peter is directly quoting Proverbs 10:12, he is not using the Septuagint, as he commonly does, but translating from the Hebrew. The Septuagint rendering is quite different, Πάντας δὲ τοὺς μὴ φιλονεικοῦντας καλύπτει φιλία. But it may be that the words had become proverbial. We find them also in James 5:20, "He which converteth the sinner... shall hide a multitude of sins." St. James means that he will obtain God's forgiveness for the converted sinner; but in Proverbs 10:12 the meaning (as is plain from the context) is that love covers the sins of others; does not stir up strifes, as hatred does, but promotes concord by concealing and forgiving sins. This is probably St. Peter's meaning here: "Take care that your charity is intense, for only thus can you forgive as you are bidden to forgive, as you hope to be forgiven." Perhaps he was thinking of the "seventy times seven," to which the Lord had told him that forgiveness was to extend. But his words may well be understood as implying more than this. Love shown in forgiving others will win forgiveness for yourselves: "Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven." Love manifested in converting others will cover their sins, and obtain God's forgiveness for them. In the deepest sense, it is only the love of Christ energizing in his atoning work which can cover sin; but true charity, Christian love, flows from that holiest love. "Love is of God, and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God." Therefore in some sense Christian love, flowing from the love of Christ, and bringing the Christian very near to Christ, covers sins; for it keeps the Christian close to the cross, within the immediate sphere of the blessed influences of the atonement, so that he becomes a center of grace, a light kindled from the true Light, a well of living waters fed by the one fountain which is opened for sin and for uncleanness. The mutual love of Christians, their kindly words and deeds, check the work of sin; their prayers, their intercessions, call down the forgiveness of God. Therefore, in the view of the approaching end, charity is before all things precious for our own souls and for the souls of others.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves,.... Not but that charity, or love, is to be exercised towards all men, even towards enemies, but more especially towards the saints, and that under such a consideration in which it cannot be exercised towards others; namely, as their brethren in Christ, and as belonging to him, as the children of God, as redeemed by Christ, and sanctified by the Spirit; and these not only such as are of the same nation, and belong to the same particular church and community, or of the same denomination, but all the saints everywhere, whether Jews or Gentiles, or of whatsoever name, and in whatsoever state and condition: and this love ought to be mutual and reciprocal, and to be warm and fervent, and not lukewarm and indifferent, as it too often is; and should be constant, "continued", and "perpetual", as the Vulgate Latin and Arabic versions here read: and this the apostle exhorts to above all things else; since outward sobriety, and watchings, and prayer, and all other duties, are nothing without this; this is the sum and substance of the law, and the fulfilling of it; and without this a mere knowledge of the Gospel, and a profession of it, are in vain, and therefore in the first place to be attended to. And especially for the following reason,

for charity shall cover the multitude of sins; referring to Proverbs 10:12 not a man's own sins, but the sins of others; and not from the sight of God, for from that only the blood and righteousness of Christ cover sins, even all the sins, the whole multitude of the sins of God's elect; but from the sight of men, both of those against whom they are committed, and others; since charity, or true love, thinks no ill, but puts the best constructions upon the words and actions of fellow Christians, and does not take them up, and improve and exaggerate them, but lets them lie buried in oblivion: it takes no notice of injuries, offences, and affronts, but overlooks them, bears with them, and forgives them, so that they are never raked up, and seen any more; which prevents much scandal, strife, and trouble. The Alexandrian copy, and some others, and the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Arabic versions, read, "covereth", as in Proverbs 10:12.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. above all things—not that "charity" or love is placed above "prayer," but because love is the animating spirit, without which all other duties are dead. Translate as Greek, "Having your mutual (literally, 'towards yourselves') charity intense." He presupposes its existence among them; he urges them to make it more fervent.

charity shall cover the multitude, &c.—The oldest manuscripts have "covereth." Quoted from Pr 10:12; compare Pr 17:9. "Covereth" so as not harshly to condemn or expose faults; but forbearingly to bear the other's burdens, forgiving and forgetting past offenses. Perhaps the additional idea is included, By prayer for them, love tries to have them covered by God; and so being the instrument of converting the sinner from his error, "covereth a (not 'the,' as English Version) multitude of sins"; but the former idea from Proverbs is the prominent one. It is not, as Rome teaches, "covereth" his own sins; for then the Greek middle voice would be used; and Pr 10:12; 17:9 support the Protestant view. "As God with His love covers my sins if I believe, so must I also cover the sins of my neighbor" [Luther]. Compare the conduct of Shem and Japheth to Noah (Ge 9:23), in contrast to Ham's exposure of his father's shame. We ought to cover others' sins only where love itself does not require the contrary.

1 Peter 4:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Living for God's Glory
7The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. 8Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 9Be hospitable to one another without complaint.…
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.

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

James 5:20
remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

1 Peter 1:22
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.
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And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

above.

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

James 5:12 But above all things, my brothers, swear not, neither by heaven, …

3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, …

fervent. [Agapen ektenes, 'intense love; for love shall cover (or covers, [kalupto,] in the present tense, as several copies read) a multitude of sins;' which seems a reference to the proverb, 'love covereth all sins,' Pr.

1 Peter 1:22 Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through …

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

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

1 Thessalonians 3:12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, …

1 Thessalonians 4:9,10 But as touching brotherly love you need not that I write to you: …

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brothers, as it is meet, …

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

Hebrews 13:1 Let brotherly love continue.

2 Peter 1:6,7 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience …

for.

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

Proverbs 12:16 A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covers shame.

Proverbs 17:9 He that covers a transgression seeks love; but he that repeats a …

Proverbs 18:13 He that answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him.

1 Corinthians 13:7 Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

James 5:20 Let him know, that he which converts the sinner from the error of …

shall. or, will.

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