1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels and have not love, I am a sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal. 2 And if I have prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing. 3 And if I deal out all my property to feed the poor, and if I deliver my body to be burned, and have not love, I shall not be profited. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love envies not; love is not boastful, is not puffed up, 5 does not behave unbecomingly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, devises not evil, 6 rejoices not in wickedness, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes for all things, and endures all things.
8 Love never fails; but if there are prophecies, they shall pass away; if tongues, they shall cease; if knowledge, it shall pass away. 9 And we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10 when the perfect has come, that which is in part shall pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I thought as a child, I reasoned as a child; when I became a man I put away childish things. 12 For now we see by a mirror darkly, but then we shall see face to face; now I know in part, but then I shall know fully as I also am known. 13 And now remain faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.