1 Corinthians 13

The Way of Love

1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of a prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, b so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And c though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body 1 to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

4 d Love suffers long and is e kind; love f does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not 2 puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, g does not seek its own, is not provoked, 3 thinks no evil; 6 h does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 j bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 k For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is 4 perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For l now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then m face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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