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1 Corinthians 13:1-13

13*  If I speak the languages of men and angels but do not have love, I turn into a gong sounding or a cymbal clashing; 2  and if I have prophecy and know all secrets and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing; 3  and if I give all my possessions in charity, and if I give up my body in order to boast, but do not have love, I am none the better. 4  Love is patient, kind; love is not jealous; love does not show off, does not get inflated, 5  does not shock people, does not look out for its own interests, does not get provoked, does not count its injuries, 6  is not glad at a wrong deed but glad to have the truth made glad, 7  stands everything, believes everything, hopes everything, holds out through everything. 8*  Love never drops away; but as for prophecies they will be superseded, as for languages they will come to a stop, as for knowledge it will be superseded; 9  for it is in part that we know and in part that we prophesy, 10  but when the complete comes the partial will be superseded. 11  When I was a child I used a child’s language, took a child’s views, made a child’s calculations; since I have become a man I have superseded the child’s ways. 12  For we see now by a mirror, as a puzzle to be guessed at, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I shall be aware in the same way as he was aware of me. 13  And now there remain faith, hope, love—these three. And greatest of these is love.


13:1 Or turn into a kettle clattering
13:8 Lit. whether prophecies . . . whether languages . . . whether knowledge