1 Corinthians 13:6
Rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
I. INIQUITY expresses unevenness or inequality — a want of rectitude or moral principle. In its largest comprehension, as here used by St. Paul, it is the great falsehood brought in by the father of lies, antagonising the goodness of the Creator, and working infinite evil to His creatures. Warring against the love of God, it tends to subvert His authority and spread disorder and anarchy throughout His empire. How, then, can charity rejoice in iniquity? Desiring the welfare of an intelligent universe, how can she rejoice in that which must result only in wretchedness and ruin?
II. THE TRUTH is the exact opposite of iniquity, and therefore the legitimate object of charity's rejoicing. it indicates that which is fixed, settled, solid, certain, constant, according to fact or reality, to be confidently believed and relied upon. The truth by pre-eminence is God's gracious revelation to man contained in His written Word. The truth in human practice and human character is conformity of heart and life to the principles and requirements of that revelation.
(J. Cross, D.D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;