1 CORINTHIANS 13:4

“Love is patient, love is kind”

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TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT

The “Love Chapter”, chapter 13 of First Corinthians describes the qualities of love. The King James Bible uses the word “charity” instead of “love” based on the Greek word ἀγάπη (agapē) which also signifies affection, good will and benevolence. This verse reminds us to exercise patience and be kind while not becoming envious, boastful or proud.

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“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,”

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1 Corinthians 13:4 Translation & Meaning

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Charity ἀγάπη Love, i.e., affection or benevolence; specially (plural) a love-feast Charity
suffereth long, μακροθυμεῖ To be long-spirited, i.e., (objectively) forbearing or (subjectively) patient suffereth long
and (No Greek definition. English implied.)
is kind; χρηστεύεται To show oneself useful, i.e., act benevolently kind
charity ἀγάπη Love, i.e., affection or benevolence; specially (plural) a love-feast charity
envieth ζηλοῖ To have warmth of feeling for or against envieth
not; οὐ The absolute negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not not
charity ἀγάπη Love, i.e., affection or benevolence; specially (plural) a love-feast charity
vaunteth itself, περπερεύεται Perhaps by reduplication of the base of G4008); to boast vaunteth itself
not οὐ The absolute negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not not
is up, φυσιοῦται To inflate, i.e., (figuratively) make proud (haughty) up
not οὐ The absolute negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not not
puffed φυσιοῦται To inflate, i.e., (figuratively) make proud (haughty) puffed

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  • 2  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

  • 3  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.

  • 4  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

  • 5  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

  • 6  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;




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