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Originally posted by Leveller
Does charity directly equate to love?
If you look at the revised 1831 edition of the Bible you will see Corinthian 13:1 - 13:
1: If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
But then take the older King James version and it reads entirely differently. The word "love" does not exist in the passage. Instead it is the word "charity".
www.dictionary.com has a definition as:
The theological virtue defined as love directed first toward God but also toward oneself and one's neighbors as objects of God's love.
My question is, why change the word? Has the general use of the word charity come to take on a different meaning or was it merely an attempt to simplify the passage?
I have heard this passage read at weddings and to me it has always seemed strange that the people listening to it do not realise that it has been tampered with.
1 Corinthians 13:1 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.
Strong's Greek Definition for # 26: charity
Greek // agaph // agape // ag-ah'-pay //
from 25; TDNT - 1:21,5; n f
AV - love 86, charity 27, dear 1, charitably+ 2596 1,
feast of charity 1; 116
1) brotherly love, affection, good will, love, benevolence
2) love feasts