Parallel Verses

Holman Bible

If I speak human or angelic languages
but do not have love,
I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

New American Standard Bible

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

King James Version

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.

International Standard Version

If I speak in the languages of humans and angels but have no love, I have become a reverberating gong or a clashing cymbal.

A Conservative Version

If I speak with the tongues of men and of heavenly agents, but have not love, I have become sounding brass, or a clashing cymbal.

American Standard Version

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.

Amplified

If I [can] speak in the tongues of men and [even] of angels, but have not love (that reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion such as is inspired by God's love for and in us), I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

An Understandable Version

If I have the ability to speak in the languages of human beings and angels [Note: Perhaps the idea is supernaturally and eloquently], but do not have love [for people], I have become [no more than] a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

Anderson New Testament

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of an gels, but have not love, I have become as sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.

Bible in Basic English

If I make use of the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am like sounding brass, or a loud-tongued bell.

Common New Testament

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

Daniel Mace New Testament

For tho' I should speak with the eloquence of men, and of angels, and not have social affection, I should be like sounding brass, or a noisy cymbal.

Darby Translation

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.

Godbey New Testament

If I may speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not divine love, I have become a sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

Goodspeed New Testament

I will show you a far better way. If I can speak the languages of men and even of angels, but have no love, I am only a noisy gong or a clashing cymbal.

John Wesley New Testament

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

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.

Julia Smith Translation

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I have been the brass of echoes, and the shouting cymbal.

King James 2000

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.

Lexham Expanded Bible

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a ringing brass gong or a clashing cymbal.

Modern King James verseion

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I have become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Though I spake with the tongues of men and angels, and yet had no love, I were even as sounding brass: or as a tinkling cymbal.

Moffatt New Testament

Thus, I may speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but if I have no love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal;

Montgomery New Testament

Though I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have no love, I am become a clanging brass, or a clashing cymbal.

NET Bible

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but I do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

New Heart English Bible

If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.

Noyes New Testament

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

Sawyer New Testament

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels and have not love, I am a sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal.

The Emphasized Bible

Although with the tongues of men, I be speaking, and of messengers, and have not, love, I have become resounding brass, or a clanging cymbal;

Thomas Haweis New Testament

THOUGH I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become as sounding brass, and tinkling cymbal.

Twentieth Century New Testament

Though I speak in the 'tongues' of men, or even of angels, yet have not Love, I have become mere echoing brass, or a clanging cymbal!

Webster

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.

Weymouth New Testament

If I can speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but am destitute of Love, I have but become a loud-sounding trumpet or a clanging cymbal.

Williams New Testament

If I could speak the languages of men, of angels too, and have no love, I am only a rattling pan or a clashing cymbal.

World English Bible

If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don't have love, I have become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.

Worrell New Testament

If I speak with tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.

Worsley New Testament

For if I speak with the tongues of men and angels, and have not charity, I am but as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

Youngs Literal Translation

If with the tongues of men and of messengers I speak, and have not love, I have become brass sounding, or a cymbal tinkling;

Verse Picture

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
ἐάν 
Ean 
Usage: 155

I speak
λαλέω 
Laleo 
Usage: 235

with the tongues
γλῶσσα 
Glossa 
Usage: 48

of men
ἄνθρωπος 
Anthropos 
man, not tr,
Usage: 316

and


δέ 
De 
and, also, even, both, then, so, likewise, not tr., , vr and
but, and, now, then, also, yet, yea, so, moreover, nevertheless, for, even, , not tr
Usage: 0
Usage: 2184

of angels
G32
ἄγγελος 
Aggelos 
Usage: 153

ἔχω 
Echo 
have, be, need , , vr have
Usage: 479

not
μή 
me 
not, no, that not, God forbid 9, lest, neither, no man , but, none, not translated,
Usage: 493

G26
ἀγάπη 
Agape 
Usage: 105

I am become
γίνομαι 
Ginomai 
be, come to pass, be made, be done, come, become, God forbid , arise, have, be fulfilled, be married to, be preferred, not tr, , vr done
Usage: 531

ἠχέω 
Echeo 
Usage: 1

χαλκός 
Chalkos 
Usage: 4

or
ἤ 
or, than, either, or else, nor, not tr,
Usage: 199

ἀλαλάζω 
Alalazo 
Usage: 2

Devotionals

Devotionals about 1 Corinthians 13:1

References

Images 1 Corinthians 13:1

Prayers for 1 Corinthians 13:1

Context Readings

Love, The More Excellent Way

1 If I speak human or angelic languages
but do not have love,
I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
2 If I have the gift of prophecy
and understand all mysteries
and all knowledge,
and if I have all faith
so that I can move mountains
but do not have love, I am nothing.


Cross References

Romans 14:15

For if your brother is hurt by what you eat, you are no longer walking according to love. Do not destroy that one Christ died for by what you eat.

1 Corinthians 8:1

About food offered to idols: We know that “we all have knowledge.” Knowledge inflates with pride, but love builds up.

1 Corinthians 12:8

to one is given a message of wisdom
through the Spirit,
to another, a message of knowledge
by the same Spirit,

1 Corinthians 12:16

And if the ear should say, “Because I’m not an eye, I don’t belong to the body,” in spite of this it still belongs to the body.

1 Corinthians 12:29-30

Are all apostles? Are all prophets?
Are all teachers? Do all do miracles?

1 Corinthians 13:2-3

If I have the gift of prophecy
and understand all mysteries
and all knowledge,
and if I have all faith
so that I can move mountains
but do not have love, I am nothing.

1 Corinthians 13:8

Love never ends.
But as for prophecies,
they will come to an end;
as for languages, they will cease;
as for knowledge, it will come to an end.

1 Corinthians 14:6-8

But now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in other languages, how will I benefit you unless I speak to you with a revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching?

2 Corinthians 12:4

was caught up into paradise. He heard inexpressible words, which a man is not allowed to speak.

Galatians 5:6

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision accomplishes anything; what matters is faith working through love.

Galatians 5:22

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith,

1 Timothy 1:5

Now the goal of our instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith.

1 Peter 4:8

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

2 Peter 2:18

For by uttering boastful, empty words, they seduce, with fleshly desires and debauchery, people who have barely escaped from those who live in error.

Matthew 25:45

“Then He will answer them, ‘I assure you: Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me either.’

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