If I give all I possess to the poor1 and surrender my body to the flames,a2 but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient,3 love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.45
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking,5 it is not easily angered,6 it keeps no record of wrongs.76
Love does not delight in evil8 but rejoices with the truth.97
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.108
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies,11 they will cease; where there are tongues,12 they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
For we know in part13 and we prophesy in part,
but when perfection comes,14 the imperfect 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 childish ways15 behind me.
Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror;16 then we shall see face to face.17 Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.1813
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.19 But the greatest of these is love.20