1Suppose I speak in the languages of human beings and of angels. If I don't have love, I am only a loud gong or a noisy cymbal.2Suppose I have the gift of prophecy. Suppose I can understand all the secret things of God and know everything about him. And suppose I have enough faith to move mountains. If I don't have love, I am nothing at all.3Suppose I give everything I have to poor people. And suppose I give my body to be burned. If I don't have love, I get nothing at all.4Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not want what belongs to others. It does not brag. It is not proud.5It is not rude. It does not look out for its own interests. It does not easily become angry. It does not keep track of other people's wrongs.6Love is not happy with evil. But it is full of joy when the truth is spoken.7It always protects. It always trusts. It always hopes. It never gives up.8Love never fails. But prophecy will pass away. Speaking in languages that had not been known before will end. And knowledge will pass away.9What we know now is not complete. What we prophesy now is not perfect.10But when what is perfect comes, the things that are not perfect will pass away.11When I was a child, I talked like a child. I thought like a child. I had the understanding of a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.12Now we see only a dim likeness of things. It is as if we were seeing them in a mirror. But someday we will see clearly. We will see face to face. What I know now is not complete. But someday I will know completely, just as God knows me completely.13The three most important things to have are faith, hope and love. But the greatest of them is love.
1 Corinthians 13
English Standard Version
The Way of Love
1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.2And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. (Mt 7:22; Mt 17:20; Mr 11:23; Lu 17:6; Ac 2:18; 1Co 14:1; 1Co 14:39)3If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. (Da 3:28; Mt 6:2)4Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant (Pr 10:12; Pr 17:9; Ac 7:9; 1Co 4:6; 2Co 6:6; Ga 5:22; Eph 4:32; Col 3:12; 1Th 5:14; 2Ti 2:10; 1Pe 4:8)5or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; (Ro 4:6; 1Co 10:24; 2Co 5:19)6it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. (Ro 1:32; 2Th 2:12; 2Jo 1:4; 3Jo 1:3)7Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1Co 9:12; 1Co 13:4)8Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, (1Co 8:2)10but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. (Joh 15:15)11When 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.12For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. (Nu 12:8; Job 36:26; Mt 5:8; 1Co 8:3; 2Co 3:18; 2Co 5:7; Jas 1:23; 1Jo 3:2)13So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.