1 I will show you a far better way. If I can speak the languages of men and even of angels, but have no love, I am only a noisy gong or a clashing cymbal.
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
1 If I speak in the languages of humans and angels but have no love, I have become a reverberating gong or a clashing cymbal.
2 If I am inspired to preach and know all the secret truths and possess all knowledge, and if I have such perfect faith that I can move mountains, but have no love, I am nothing.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can understand all secrets and every form of knowledge, and if I have absolute faith so as to move mountains but have no love, I am nothing.
3 Even if I give away everything I own, and give myself up, but do it in pride, not love, it does me no good.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
3 Even if I give away everything that I have and sacrifice myself, but have no love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not envious or boastful. It does not put on airs.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
4 Love is always patient; love is always kind; love is never envious or arrogant with pride. Nor is she conceited,
5 It is not rude. It does not insist on its rights. It does not become angry. It is not resentful.
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
5 and she is never rude; she never thinks just of herself or ever gets annoyed. She never is resentful;
6 It is not happy over injustice, it is only happy with truth.
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
6 is never glad with sin; she's always glad to side with truth, and pleased that truth will win.
7 It will bear anything, believe anything, hope for anything, endure anything.
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
7 She bears up under everything; believes the best in all; there is no limit to her hope, and never will she fall.
8 Love will never die out. If there is inspired preaching, it will pass away. If there is ecstatic speaking, it will cease. If there is knowledge, it will pass away.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
8 Love never fails. Now if there are prophecies, they will be done away with. If there are languages, they will cease. If there is knowledge, it will be done away with.
10 But when perfection comes, what is imperfect will pass away.
10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
10 But when the perfect comes,the partial will come to an end.
10 But when what is complete comes, then what is incomplete will be done away with.
11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put aside my childish ways.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
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 put aside childish things.
11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, thought like a child, and reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up my childish ways.
12 For now we are looking at a dim reflection in a mirror, but then we shall see face to face. Now my knowledge is imperfect, but then I shall know as fully as God knows me.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
12 Now we see only an indistinct image in a mirror, but then we will be face to face. Now what I know is incomplete, but then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13 So faith, hope, and love endure. These are the great three, and the greatest of them is love.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
13 Right now three things remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.
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