In the king james version, the word charity is used, but the underlying greek word is agape, which is more properly translated love. Why did the king james version of the bible use the word. Enduring word bible commentary 1 corinthians chapter. If you tear it apart too much, you lose the beauty.
Specifically he mentions that three items will continue and endure. One of the mostoften quoted passages of the new testament is 1 corinthians. Well, its a beautiful couple of verses and i went to memorize them the other day. In the original greek was there a word which can be translated. Sometimes we make the great mistake of letting go of what is best for something else that is good, but not. Acts 18 gives us considerable detail about pauls work in corinth during. Verses 8 here the apostle goes on to commend charity, and show how much it is preferable to the gifts on which the corinthians were so apt to pride themselves, to the utter neglect, and almost extinction, of charity. In the original greek, the word agape is used throughout the. By giving a description of its properties and fruits, 1 corinthians.
This chapter is taken up in the commendation of the grace of charity, or love, which is preferred to all gifts whatsoever. Speaking in tongues had a purpose i corinthians 14. The apostle paul affirms in the final verse of 1 corinthians that of faith, hope and love, the greatest of the three is love, and in the preceding 12 verses he gives us some idea as to why. Corinth was an important and wealthy city on the isthmus narrow strip of land separating northern and southern greece. Feb 09, 2014 this message is a simple yet challenging examination of biblical love based on 1 corinthians. Alan redpath said one could get a spiritual suntan from the. Paul is describing this unique attribute called charity. Aug 14, 2016 charity in 1 corinthians kjv bible preaching. Christians may fail to love, as the corinthians have clearly demonstrated, but gods kind of love will always be effective. This message is a simple yet challenging examination of biblical love based on 1 corinthians. Even the enduring, permanent qualities of faith and hope will be of little value without love. This is translated into english as charity in the king james version. It covers practical ways to show true, biblical love toward god, toward the loved ones in our lives.
But love is so valuable, so important, that apart from it, every other good thing is useless. Paul discusses the high status of charitycharity, a pure love, excels and exceeds almost all else. Charity is found 9 times in 1 corinthians , which makes it the charity chapter in the bible. I got out my douayrheims and found not love but charity. 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. Charity suffereth long, and is kind paul pointed out that charity suffereth long, and is kind 1 corinthians. Tongues are good, prophecy and knowledge and faith are good, sacrifice is good. Talmage religion without morality, professions of godliness without charity, churchmembership without adequate responsibility as to individual conduct in daily life, are but as sounding brass and tinkling cymbalsnoise without music, the words without the spirit of prayer. This use of love is not the kind of love that has conditions. When we have charity, we patiently endure offense or hardship. And the connection certainly requires us to understand him as saying that faith, hope, and love would survive all those things of which he had been speaking, and must, therefore, include knowledge 1 corinthians.
In fact, the word does not occur in any form in the bible until the book of romans. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth 2 corinthians 5. Campbell morgan wrote that examining this chapter is like dissecting a flower to understand it. For more information on the importance of developing love for others, see the commentary for john.
Verses 1 3 here the apostle shows what more excellent way he meant, or had in view, in the close of the former chapter, namely, charity, or, as it is commonly elsewhere rendered, love agape. As a devout, spiritfilled christian, paul not only spoke. Charity in 1 corinthians kjv bible preaching youtube. Every where else in the bible, this is translated as love in kjv. Many people have called it the love chapter in correction of the king james bible.
The definition of charity is benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity. Paul discusses the high status of charity charity, a pure love, excels and exceeds almost all else. Life application of 1 corinthians a biblical study on love. So most of us have heard the love is patient, love is kind, and a good deal know its from 1 corinthians. The apostle paul spent 18 months there on his second missionary journey and established a church there. If i have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if i have a faith that can move mountains, but. But the translators specifically used the word charity in 1 corinthians. Love is a necessary ingredient for all things we do galatians 5. If i speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, i am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. They are used for the love that god has for people romans 5. It is authored by paul the apostle and sosthenes in ephesus. The definition of godly love in 1 corinthians is a portrait of jesus christ, the incarnate son of god. And unlike spiritual gifts, which will no longer be needed when christ comes, love will last forever 1 corinthians.
Charity is found 9 times in 1 corinthians, which makes it the charity chapter in the bible. It is not i love you because, but i love you in spite of. Charity has a more nuanced meaning in the bible than does love. You can replace the word charity with the word jesus and it is a perfect match. That same verse in the very popular new international version reads, and now these three remain. 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 corinthians. Love is commonly used to describe that inner affection for something with pleasing qualities, beauty, or worth. In verse 1 paul introduces love as the qualifier of things otherwise thought to be good. The word that was translated charity is agape, which means love.1355 76 1410 1446 1030 1166 462 403 752 174 1388 1199 198 790 1123 538 224 1528 1236 1134 1600 1456 1548 325 318 1431 828 349 937 149 540 771 567