Today’s post I like to begin with the bible verse image I have created several weeks ago for 1 Corinthians 13:7. I am dealing with this verse section by section. Yet it is good for you to not lose sight of the whole verse.
In recent weeks I have been digging into the meaning of the second part of the verse: Love “believeth all things”. Today I want to move on to the words following: Love “hopeth all things”.
“Believe” and “hope” are terms similar in meaning and related to each other. You may recall from studying the Psalms in the Old Testament that this was a stylistic device often employed in Hebrew poetry. One word followed by another word of similar meaning sounds poetic.
This also points us to the poetic and lyric character of the whole chapter. In German theological literature 1 Corinthians 13 is commonly referred to as a song by formal analysts.
Obviously Paul did not intend to write a manual or a legal codex about how to be loving. His poetic and lyrical verses convey a sense of beauty.
The chapter does not primarily appeal to our intellect. It does also speak to our emotions.
Both of the Greek words used here could be translated “trust”. Yet it is worthwhile to consider the slightly different emhases of both words.
The word translated “believe” focusses on relationship to the person you trust. The word rendered “hope” speaks of the things you expect or anticipate.
In weeks to come, I am planning to deal with a couple of scripture verses where the Greek word translated “hope” in 1 Corinthians 13:7 is used. This may help us to gain hope. It will point us to what a Christian believer may expect.