If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
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.
3If I give away all I have, and 4if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
5Love is patient and 6kind; love 7does not envy or boast; it 8is not arrogant
or rude. It 9does not insist on its own way; it 10is not irritable or resentful;
it 11does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but 12rejoices with the truth.
13Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, 14endures all things.
Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.
For 15we know in part and we prophesy in part,
but 16when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.
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.
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.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.