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 to 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;
8 Love never fails; but if there are gifts of 19prophecy, 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 became a man, I did away with childish things.
12 For now we 22see in a mirror dimly, but then 23face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also 24have been fully known.