1 Corinthians 13

The Excellence of Love

1If I speak with the a  tongues of men and of b  angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a c  clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of d  prophecy, and know all e  mysteries and all f  knowledge; and if I have g  all faith, so as to h  remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3And if I i  give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I j  surrender my body
Early mss read that I may boast
to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

4Love l  is patient, love is kind and m  is not jealous; love does not brag and is not n  arrogant, 5does not act unbecomingly; it o  does not seek its own, is not provoked p  does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 q  does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but r  rejoices with the truth; 7
Or covers
,
t  bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8Love never fails; but if there are gifts of
Lit prophecies
,
v  prophecy, they will be done away; if there are w  tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.
9For we x  know in part and we prophesy in part; 10but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 11When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I
Lit have become...have done away with
became a man, I did away with childish things.
12For now we z  see in a mirror
Lit in a riddle
dimly, but then ab  face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also ac  have been fully known.
13But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the
Lit greater
greatest of these is ae  love.
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