Expository Songs from I Corinthians 13

For many chapters, it is an easy task to choose songs to highlight. There are not many options, and typically only a few good ones. That is thankfully not the problem for this chapter. Spend a few minutes—or hours—investigating the songs listed below, and you will find many songs to edify and inspire.

Larnelle Harris’s “The Greatest of These” is remarkable for how closely it follows the text:

I Corinthians 13:4

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up

Brandon Heath’s Love Never Fails is based on the general theme of this passage:

I Corinthians 13:12

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.

“Because He Loved Me First” is an exceptional modern hymn written by Lee Black and Ross King. As an expository song, it is properly filed under I John 4:19 (“We love him, because he first loved us.”) But the last verse is a thoughtfully poetic reference to this verse:

Expository Songs

Had I the Tongues of Greeks and Jews (I Corinthians 13:1-3) (1709)
Isaac Watts | Popularized by Hymns and Spir­it­u­al Songs (1707-09)
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Could I, with tongues of Angels speak (I Corinthians 13:1-13)
Lyrics

Charity supreme (I Corinthians 13:1)
Samuel Stennett
Lyrics | Sheet Music

If One Could Speak (I Corinthians 13:1)
Pete Haskins
Lyrics

Though I speak with angel tongues (I Corinthians 13:1)
Ernest Lange, Catherine Winkworth
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Love is Patient (I Corinthians 13:4-12) (2000)
Stuart Townend | Popularized by Stuart Townend
Lyrics

Now Abide (I Corinthians 13:8-13) (2018)
Jamie Soles | Popularized by Jamie Soles
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

Love Never Fails (I Corinthians 13:8) (2008)
Popularized by Brandon Heath
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Faith, Hope, and Charity (I Corinthians 13:13)
James Mongtomery
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Charity (I Corinthians 13) (1973)
Popularized by Jamie Owens-Collins
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Charity (I Corinthians 13)
Popularized by Kelly Willard
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Could I command with voice or pen (I Corinthians 13)
James Mongtomery
Lyrics

Faith Hope and Love (I Corinthians 13) (1993)
Popularized by Kelly Willard
Amazon

Faith Hope and Love (I Corinthians 13) (1993)
Popularized by Kelly Willard
Amazon

I Corinthians 13 (I Corinthians 13) (1987)
John Michael Talbot | Popularized by John Michael Talbot
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Let men of high conceit and zeal (I Corinthians 13)
Lyrics

Love is the More Excellent Way (I Corinthians 13)
Babbie Mason, Turner Lawton | Popularized by Babbie Mason
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Love Never Fails (I Corinthians 13) (2014)
Popularized by Ellie Holcomb
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The Greatest Command (I Corinthians 13) (1988)
Ron Hamilton | Popularized by Majesty Music
Sheet Music

The Greatest of These (I Corinthians 13) (2005)
Popularized by Larnelle Harris
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Though perfect eloquence adorned (I Corinthians 13)
Thomas Randall
Lyrics

Without Love (I Corinthians 13) (1993)
Annie Herring | Popularized by Annie Herring
YouTube | Amazon

Other References

Fool’s Gold (I Corinthians 13:1) (2018)
Popularized by Sandra McCracken
YouTube | Amazon

Let Pharisees Of High Esteem (I Corinthians 13:2-7) (1709)
Isaac Watts | Popularized by Hymns and Spir­it­u­al Songs (1707-09)
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Love One Another (I Corinthians 13:4-5) (1996)
Jon Mohr, Randall Dennis | Popularized by Steve Green
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

Face to Face (I Corinthians 13:4)
Popularized by John Michael Talbot and Terry Talbot
YouTube | Amazon

Love Covers All (I Corinthians 13:4)
Kenna West, Marty Funderburk, John Lemonis | Popularized by The Talleys
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Your Love Never Fails (I Corinthians 13:8) (2012)
Popularized by Don Moen
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He’s Never Failed Me Yet (I Corinthians 13:11) (2017)
Popularized by CeCe Winans
YouTube | Amazon

Because He Loved Me First (I Corinthians 13:12) (2013)
Lee Black, Ross King | Popularized by Lee Black
YouTube | Amazon

Face to Face (I Corinthians 13:12)
Carrie Breck, Grant Tullar
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube

Face to Face (I Corinthians 13:12)
Margaret Mabry | Popularized by Dixie Echoes
YouTube

Face to Face (I Corinthians 13:12) (1995)
Popularized by Dallas Holm
YouTube | Amazon

Face to Face (I Corinthians 13:12) (2010)
Popularized by The Williamsons
Amazon

Face to Face (I Corinthians 13:12)
Popularized by The Spencers
YouTube | Amazon

Lord Jesus, Come (I Corinthians 13:12) (1998)
Adam Sacks | Popularized by Sovereign Grace Music
Amazon

My Savior First of All (I Shall Know Him) (I Corinthians 13:12)
Fanny Crosby
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube

O My Soul (I Corinthians 13:12) (1999)
Stuart Townend | Popularized by Stuart Townend
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

One Day (When We All Get to Heaven) (I Corinthians 13:12) (2017)
Popularized by Matt Redman
YouTube | Amazon

Redemption’s Holy Lamb (I Corinthians 13:12) (2015)
Karen Peck Gooch, Kenna Turner West, Benji Cowart | Popularized by Karen Peck and New River
YouTube | Amazon

Till I See You Face to Face (I Corinthians 13:12)
Doyle Lawson, Jamie Dailey | Popularized by Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
YouTube

When the Mists Have Rolled Away (I Corinthians 13:12)
Annie H. Barker
Lyrics | Sheet Music

When We See Your Face (I Corinthians 13:12) (2017)
Popularized by Sovereign Grace Music
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

Many a gift did Christ impart (I Corinthians 13:13)
Ernst Lange, Catherine Winkworth
Lyrics

Faith, Hope & Love (I Corinthians 13) (1993)
Popularized by Point of Grace
YouTube | Amazon

Faith, Hope and Love (I Corinthians 13) (2001)
Popularized by Mark Schultz
Amazon

Gift of Love (I Corinthians 13) (2015)
Popularized by Jay Parrack and Vocal Event
YouTube | Amazon

Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost (I Corinthians 13)
Christopher Wordsworth
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Love Is (I Corinthians 13) (1973)
Popularized by Jamie Owens-Collins
YouTube | Amazon

Love One Another (I Corinthians 13) (1997)
Popularized by Kathy Troccoli
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That’s What It’s All About (I Corinthians 13) (I Corinthians 13) (2007)
Popularized by Andraé Crouch
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The Greatest Command (I Corinthians 13) (1988)
Ron Hamilton | Popularized by Majesty Music
Sheet Music | Amazon

The Way of Love (I Corinthians 13)
Popularized by Charlie Peacock
YouTube | Amazon

Quotes

Movement 1 (V. 1-3) (I Corinthians 13:1-3) (2016)
Popularized by The Corner Room
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Love Never Fails – 1 Corinthians 13:1-8 (I Corinthians 13:1-7) (2008)
Popularized by Sherri Youngward
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Movement 2 (V. 4-10) (I Corinthians 13:4-10) (2016)
Popularized by The Corner Room
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Movement 3 (V. 11-13) (I Corinthians 13:11-13) (2016)
Popularized by The Corner Room
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