1 Corinthians 13 (Lexham English Bible)

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Love, the More Excellent Way

1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a ringing brass gong or a clashing cymbal. 2 And if I have [the gift of] prophecy and I know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that [I can] remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I parcel out all my possessions, and if I hand over my body in order that I will be burned,a but do not have love, it benefits [me] nothing. 4 Love is patient, love is kind, love is not jealous, [it] does not boast, [it] does not become conceited, 5 [it] does not behave dishonorably, [it] {is not selfish}b, [it] does not become angry, [it] does not keep a record of wrongs, 6 [it] does not rejoice at unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth, 7 bears all [things], believes all [things], hopes all [things], endures all [things]. 8 Love never ends. But if [there are] prophecies, they will pass away. If [there are] tongues, they will cease. If [there is] knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but whenever 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 set aside the things of a child. 12 For now we see through a mirror {indirectly}c, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know completely, just as I have also been completely known. 13 And now these three [things] remain: faith, hope, [and] love. But the greatest of these [is] love.
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