1 Corinthians 13 (New American Standard)

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The Excellence of Love

1 If I speak with the 1tongues of men and of 2angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a 3clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of 4prophecy, and know all 5mysteries and all 6knowledge ; and if I have 7all faith, so as to 8remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I 9give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I 10surrender my body ato be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love 11is patient, love is kind and 12is not jealous ; love does not brag and is not 13arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly ; it 14does not seek its own, is not provoked, 15does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 16does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but 17rejoices with the truth ; 7 b18bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails ; but if there are gifts of c19prophecy, they will be done away ; if there are 20tongues, they will cease ; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. 9 For we 21know in part and we prophesy in part ; 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child ; when I dbecame a man, I did away with childish things. 12 For now we 22see in a mirror edimly, but then 23face to face ; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also 24have been fully known. 13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three ; but the fgreatest of these is 25love.
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