The Excellence of Love

1 If I speak with the (A)tongues of men and of (B)angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a (C)clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of (D)prophecy, and know all (E)mysteries and all (F)knowledge; and if I have (G)all faith, so as to (H)remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I (I)give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I (J)surrender my body (a)to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love (K)is patient, love is kind and (L)is not jealous; love does not brag and is not (M)arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it (N)does not seek its own, is not provoked, (O)does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 (P)does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but (Q)rejoices with the truth; 7 (b)(R)bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails; but if there are gifts of (c)(S)prophecy, they will be done away; if there are (T)tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. 9 For we (U)know in part and we prophesy in part; 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I (d)became a man, I did away with childish things. 12 For now we (V)see in a mirror (e)dimly, but then (W)face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also (X)have been fully known. 13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the (f)greatest of these is (Y)love.


a. 1 Corinthians 13:3: ['Early mss read ', that I may boast]
b. 1 Corinthians 13:7: ['Or ', covers]
c. 1 Corinthians 13:8: ['Lit ', prophecies]
d. 1 Corinthians 13:11: ['Lit ', have become...have done away with]
e. 1 Corinthians 13:12: ['Lit ', in a riddle]
f. 1 Corinthians 13:13: ['Lit ', greater]

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