If I speak in the tongues of
men or of angels, but do not have
love, I am only a resounding gong or
a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift
of prophecy and can fathom all
mysteries and all knowledge, and if I
have a faith that can move
mountains, but do not have love, I
If I give all I possess
to the poor and give over my body to
hardship that I may boast, but do
not have love, I gain nothing.
LOVE is PATIENT, LOVE is KIND. It does
not ENVY, it does not BOAST, it is not
PROUD. It does not DISHONOUR others,
it is not SELF- SEEKING, it is not easily
ANGERED, it keeps no record of
Love does not delight in
EVIL but rejoices with the TRUTH. It
always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there
are prophecies, they will cease;
where there are tongues, they will be
stilled; where there is knowledge, it
will pass away. For we know in
part and we prophesy in part, but
when completeness comes, what is
in part disappears. When I was a
child, I talked like a child, I thought
like a child, I reasoned like a child.
When I became a man, I put the
ways of childhood behind me. For
now we see only a reflection as in a
mirror; then we shall see face to
face. Now I know in part; then I shall
know fully, even as I am fully known.
And ,now these three remain: FAITH,
HOPE and LOVE. But the GREATEST of
these is LOVE.
a. 1 Corinthians 13:1 Or languages
b. 1 Corinthians 13:3 Some
manuscripts body to the flames