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. Chapter 13.

Love

1 I may speak in tongues of men or of angels, but if I am without love, I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 I may have the gift of prophecy, and know every hidden truth; I may have faith strong enough to move mountains; but if I have no love, I am nothing. 3 I may dole out all I possess, or even give my body to be burnt, [Some witnesses read: even seek glory by self-sacrifice.] but if I have no love, I am none the better.

4 Love is patient; love is kind and envies no one. Love is never boastful, nor conceited, 5 nor rude; never selfish, not quick to take offence. Love keeps no score of wrongs; 6 does not gloat over other men's sins, but delights in the truth. 7 There is nothing love cannot face; there is no limit to its faith, its hope, and its endurance.

8 Love will never come to an end. Are there prophets? their work will be over. Are there tongues of ecstasy? they will cease. Is there knowledge? it will vanish away; 9 for our knowledge and our prophecy alike are partial, 10 and the partial vanishes when wholeness comes. 11 When I was a child, my speech, my outlook, and my thoughts were all childish. When I grew up, I had finished with childish things. 12 Now we see only puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we shall see face to face. My knowledge now is partial; then it will be whole, like God's knowledge of me. 13 In a word, there are three things that last for ever: faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of them all is love.

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