1 Corinthians 13
If I could speak in
any language but didn't love others, I would only be making meaningless
If I had the gift
of prophecy, and if I knew all the mysteries of the future and knew
everything about everything, but didn't love others, what good would I
And if I had the
gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move,
without love I would be no good to anybody.
If I gave
everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast
about it; but if I didn't love others, I would be of no value
Love is patient and
kind. Love is not jealous, boastful, proud, or rude.
Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it
keeps no record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad
about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love
never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures
through every circumstance.
Love will last
forever, but prophecy, speaking in tongues, and special knowledge will
all disappear. Now we know only a little, and even the gift of prophecy
reveals little! But when the end comes, these special gifts will
It's like this:
When I was a child, I spoke, thought, and reasoned as a child does. But
when I grew up, I put away childish things.
Now we see things
imperfectly as in a poor mirror, but then we will see everything with
All that I know now
is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely,
just as God knows me now.
There are three
things that will endure--faith, hope, and love--and the greatest of
these is love.