Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians

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Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians

Below you will find Chapter 13 of Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians. The selection below is taken from the Revised Standard Version of the New Testament with my own revisions.

1. If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am nothing more than a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

2. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

3. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

4. Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful;

5. Love is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on having its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;

6. Love does not rejoice at wrong but rejoices in the right.

7. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures 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 our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect,
(10) but when the perfect comes the imperfect 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. Now we see in a glass darkly, but someday we will see face to face. Now I know only a part, but someday I will understand fully, even as I have been understood.

13. So faith, hope, and love abide. But the greatest of these is love.