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1 Corinthians 13 (English Standard Version)

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The Way of Love

1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have 1prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, 2so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 3If I give away all I have, and 4if I deliver up my body to be burned,a but have not love, I gain nothing. 4 5Love is patient and 6kind; love 7does not envy or boast; it 8is not arrogant 5 or rude. It 9does not insist on its own way; it 10is not irritable or resentful;b 6 it 11does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but 12rejoices with the truth. 7 13Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, 14endures all things. 8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For 15we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but 16when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For 17now we see in a mirror dimly, but 18then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as 19I have been fully known. 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
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