Bible Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

1 Corinthians 13

Introduction

1All gifts,
3how excellent soever, are nothing worth without charity.
4The praises thereof,
13and prelation before hope and faith.

Verse 1

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
I speak
2,3; 12:8,16,29,30; 14:6; 2 Corinthians 12:4; 2 Peter 2:18
have not
8:1; Matthew 25:45; Romans 14:15; Galatians 5:6,22; 1 Timothy 1:5; 1 Peter 4:8
as
14:7,8
Reciprocal: Matthew 7:22 - have we;  Mark 9:39 - there;  Mark 12:33 - is more;  Luke 8:18 - from;  John 15:2 - branch;  Acts 2:4 - began;  1 Corinthians 9:27 - lest;  1 Corinthians 12:10 - divers;  1 Corinthians 12:31 - show;  1 Corinthians 13:8 - tongues;  1 Corinthians 13:13 - charity;  1 Corinthians 14:1 - charity;  1 Corinthians 14:37 - any;  1 Corinthians 16:14 - GeneralPhilippians 4:8 - are lovely;  Colossians 3:14 - charity;  1 Thessalonians 3:12 - love;  Hebrews 6:4 - and have;  2 Peter 1:7 - charity;  1 John 2:9 - is in;  Revelation 2:19 - charity

Verse 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.
I have the
12:8-10,28; 14:1,6-9; Numbers 24:15-24; Matthew 7:22,23
understand
4:1; Matthew 13:11; Romans 11:25; 16:25; Ephesians 3:4; 6:19; Colossians 1:26; 1 Timothy 3:16
and though I have all
12:9; Matthew 17:20; 21:21; Mark 11:22,23; Luke 17:5,6
and have
1,3; 16:22; Galatians 5:16,22; 1 John 4:8,20,21
I am
3; 7:19; 8:4; Matthew 21:19; 2 Corinthians 12:11; Galatians 6:3
Reciprocal: Numbers 24:16 - General1 Samuel 19:23 - the Spirit;  1 Kings 13:20 - the word of the Lord;  Job 9:5 - removeth;  Psalm 18:7 - foundations;  Isaiah 34:12 - nothing;  Matthew 21:43 - a nation;  Mark 9:39 - there;  Luke 8:13 - which;  Luke 10:20 - in this;  John 11:51 - he prophesied;  Acts 3:16 - through;  Acts 26:3 - because;  Romans 12:6 - then;  1 Corinthians 1:5 - and in;  1 Corinthians 3:7 - General1 Corinthians 8:1 - touching;  1 Corinthians 10:19 - that the;  1 Corinthians 12:10 - prophecy;  1 Corinthians 14:2 - howbeit;  1 Corinthians 15:51 - 1show;  2 Corinthians 8:7 - faith;  1 Thessalonians 5:20 - GeneralTitus 3:9 - unprofitable;  Hebrews 6:4 - and have;  James 2:14 - though;  James 2:18 - Thou

Verse 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.
though I bestow
Matthew 6:1-4; 23:5; Luke 18:22,28; 19:8; 21:3,4; John 12:43; Galatians 5:26; Philippians 1:15-18
though I give
Daniel 3:16-28; Matthew 7:22,23; John 13:37; 15:13; Acts 21:13; Philippians 1:20,21; 2:3
profiteth
Isaiah 57:12; Jeremiah 7:8; John 6:63; 1 Timothy 4:8; Hebrews 13:9; James 2:14-17
Reciprocal: Luke 10:20 - in this;  Luke 10:42 - one;  1 Corinthians 13:1 - 1speak;  1 Corinthians 13:2 - and have;  1 Corinthians 14:6 - what shall I;  Hebrews 4:2 - did;  James 2:17 - so

Verse 4

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
suffereth
Proverbs 10:12; 2 Corinthians 6:6; Galatians 5:22; Ephesians 4:2; Colossians 1:11; 3:12; 2 Timothy 2:25; 3:10; 2 Timothy 4:2; James 3:17; 1 Peter 4:8
is kind
Nehemiah 9:17; Proverbs 19:22; 31:20,26; Luke 6:35,36; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:12; 1 Peter 3:8; 2 Peter 1:7; 1 John 3:16-18; 4:11
envieth
3:3; Genesis 30:1; 37:11; Matthew 27:18; Romans 1:29; 13:13; 2 Corinthians 12:20; Galatians 5:21,26; Philippians 1:15; 1 Timothy 6:4; Titus 3:3; James 3:14-16; 4:5; 1 Peter 2:1
vaunteth not itself
or, is not rash.
1 Samuel 25:21,22,33,34; 1 Kings 20:10,11; Psalms 10:5; Proverbs 13:10; 17:14; 25:8-10; Ecclesiastes 7:8,9; 10:4; Daniel 3:19-22
is not
4:6,18; 5:2; 8:1; Colossians 2:18; Philippians 2:1-5
Reciprocal: Genesis 16:4 - her mistress;  Numbers 11:29 - Enviest;  Judges 8:2 - What;  Ruth 3:10 - Blessed;  Proverbs 14:29 - slow;  Matthew 5:44 - GeneralMatthew 20:24 - they;  Mark 12:31 - Thou;  Luke 6:37 - forgive;  Luke 17:4 - if;  Luke 22:24 - GeneralJohn 13:34 - That ye love;  Romans 12:17 - Provide;  Romans 13:10 - worketh;  Romans 14:15 - now;  1 Corinthians 13:7 - Beareth;  1 Corinthians 14:5 - would;  Galatians 5:13 - but;  Ephesians 4:16 - edifying;  Philippians 2:4 - GeneralPhilippians 4:8 - whatsoever;  1 Thessalonians 1:3 - and labour;  1 Thessalonians 5:14 - be;  Hebrews 6:10 - work;  1 John 3:18 - let

Verse 5

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
behave
7:36; *Gr:; 11:13-16,18,21,22; 14:33-40; Isaiah 3:5; Philippians 4:8; 2 Thessalonians 3:7
seeketh
10:24,33; 12:25; Romans 14:12-15; 15:1,2; Galatians 5:13; 6:1,2; Philippians 2:3-5,21; 2 Timothy 2:10; 1 John 3:16,17
is not
Numbers 12:3; 16:15; 20:10-12; Psalms 106:32,33; Proverbs 14:17; Matthew 5:22; Mark 3:5; James 1:19
thinketh
2 Samuel 10:3; Job 21:27; Jeremiah 11:19; 18:18-20; 40:13-16; Matthew 9:4; Luke 7:39
Reciprocal: Genesis 16:4 - her mistress;  Genesis 45:1 - Cause;  Numbers 32:6 - shall ye sit here;  Joshua 1:15 - then ye shall;  Ruth 3:10 - Blessed;  1 Chronicles 19:3 - Thinkest thou that David;  Proverbs 14:29 - slow;  Ecclesiastes 7:21 - unto;  Jeremiah 40:14 - believed;  Luke 11:53 - to speak;  Acts 11:29 - to send;  Romans 12:17 - Provide;  Romans 14:15 - now;  1 Corinthians 8:13 - if meat;  2 Corinthians 7:13 - we were;  Ephesians 4:2 - lowliness;  Philippians 2:4 - General1 Thessalonians 5:14 - be

Verse 6

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Rejoiceth not
1 Samuel 23:19-21; 2 Samuel 4:10-12; Psalms 10:3; 119:136; Proverbs 14:9; Jeremiah 9:1; 13:17; Jeremiah 20:10; Hosea 4:8; 7:3; Micah 7:8; Luke 19:41,42; 22:5; Romans 1:32; Philippians 3:18
rejoiceth
Exodus 18:9; Joshua 22:22-33; Romans 12:9; 2 Corinthians 7:9-16; Philippians 1:4,18; 2:17,18; 1 Thessalonians 3:6-10; 2 John 1:4; 3 John 1:3
in the truth
or, "with the truth."
Reciprocal: Genesis 9:22 - told;  Psalm 35:15 - adversity;  Proverbs 2:14 - rejoice;  Proverbs 24:17 - GeneralJeremiah 11:15 - thou doest evil;  Revelation 11:10 - make

Verse 7

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Beareth
4; Numbers 11:12-14; Deuteronomy 1:9; Proverbs 10:12; Song of Solomon 8:6,7; Romans 15:1; Galatians 6:2; Hebrews 13:13; 1 Peter 2:24; 4:8
believeth
Psalms 119:66
hopeth
Luke 7:37-39,44-46; 19:4-10; Romans 8:24
endureth
9:18-22; Genesis 29:20; Job 13:15; Matthew 10:22; 2 Corinthians 11:8-12; 2 Thessalonians 1:4; 2 Timothy 2:3-10,24; 3:11; 4:5; James 1:12
Reciprocal: Numbers 16:22 - one man sin;  Deuteronomy 22:27 - cried;  1 Samuel 1:13 - she had;  2 Samuel 10:3 - not;  Proverbs 24:17 - GeneralGalatians 5:22 - faith;  Ephesians 4:2 - forbearing;  Philippians 1:7 - it is;  Hebrews 10:36 - ye have;  Hebrews 11:27 - endured;  Revelation 2:3 - hast borne

Verse 8

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
never
10,13; Luke 22:32; Galatians 5:6
tongues
1; 12:10,28-30; 14:39; Acts 2:4; 19:6
vanish
Jeremiah 49:7; Hebrews 8:13
Reciprocal: 1 Corinthians 1:5 - and in;  1 Corinthians 12:8 - is given;  1 Corinthians 14:6 - knowledge;  2 Corinthians 8:7 - knowledge;  Hebrews 12:15 - any man

Verse 9

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
12; 2:9; 8:2; Job 11:7,8; 26:14; Psalms 40:5; 139:6; Proverbs 30:4; Matthew 11:27; Romans 11:34; Ephesians 3:8,18,19; Colossians 2:2,3; 1 Peter 1:10-12; 1 John 3:2
Reciprocal: 1 Chronicles 17:2 - Do all;  Mark 8:24 - 1see;  1 Corinthians 14:1 - prophesy;  1 Corinthians 14:6 - knowledge;  1 Thessalonians 5:20 - General

Verse 10

But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
12; Isaiah 24:23; 60:19,20; 2 Corinthians 5:7,8; Revelation 21:22,23; 22:4,5
Reciprocal: 1 Corinthians 13:8 - never;  2 Corinthians 3:7 - which;  Philippians 3:12 - already perfect;  Hebrews 6:1 - let

Verse 11

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
I spake
3:1,2; 14:20; Ecclesiastes 11:10; Galatians 4:1
thought
or, reasoned.
Reciprocal: 1 Samuel 3:8 - the third;  2 Corinthians 5:17 - old;  Hebrews 5:13 - he

Verse 12

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
we see
2 Corinthians 3:18; 5:7; Philippians 3:12; James 1:23
darkly
Gr. in a riddle.
Judges 14:12-19; Ezekiel 17:2
face
Exodus 33:11; Numbers 12:8; Matthew 5:8; 18:10; Romans 8:18; 1 John 3:2; Revelation 22:4
now
9,10; John 10:15
Reciprocal: Exodus 33:23 - thou shalt;  Numbers 14:14 - art seen;  1 Samuel 3:8 - the third;  Job 4:12 - a little;  Job 19:26 - in my flesh;  Job 37:19 - we;  Psalm 16:11 - in thy;  Song of Solomon 2:9 - he standeth;  Isaiah 52:8 - see;  Ezekiel 1:28 - This;  Ezekiel 40:16 - narrow;  Ezekiel 40:25 - windows;  Ezekiel 41:16 - narrow;  Luke 5:8 - Depart;  John 17:24 - may;  Galatians 4:9 - are known;  Hebrews 12:14 - no man;  Hebrews 12:23 - the spirits

Verse 13

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
abideth
3:14; 1 Peter 1:21; 1 John 2:14,24; 3:9
faith
Luke 8:13-15; 22:32; Galatians 5:6; Hebrews 10:35,39; 11:1-7; 1 John 5:1-5
hope
Psalms 42:11; 43:5; 146:5; Lamentations 3:21-26; Romans 5:4,5; 8:24,25; 15:13; Colossians 1:5,27; 1 Thessalonians 5:8; Hebrews 6:11,19; 1 Peter 1:21; 1 John 3:3
charity
1-8; 8:1,3; 2 Corinthians 5:10,15; Galatians 5:6; 1 John 2:10; 4:7-18
the greatest
8; 14:1; 16:14; Mark 12:29-31; Luke 10:27; Galatians 5:13-22; Philippians 1:9; Colossians 3:14; 1 Timothy 1:5; 2 Timothy 1:7; 1 John 4:7-9; 2 John 1:4-6 Reciprocal: Matthew 9:16 - for;  Romans 12:12 - Rejoicing;  2 Corinthians 9:9 - his;  Galatians 5:22 - faith;  Ephesians 4:16 - edifying;  1 Thessalonians 1:3 - and patience;  1 Thessalonians 3:6 - faith;  James 2:17 - so;  1 Peter 1:3 - unto;  1 Peter 1:13 - hope;  1 John 4:12 - and his

Copyright Statement
These files are public domain.
Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. Used by Permission.
Bibliographical Information
Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 13". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/1-corinthians-13.html.