1 If I can speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but am destitute of Love, I have but become a loud-sounding trumpet or a clanging 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 possess the gift of prophecy and am versed in all mysteries and all knowledge, and have such absolute faith that I can remove mountains, but am destitute of 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 And if I distribute all my possessions to the poor, and give up my body to be burned, but am destitute of Love, it profits me nothing.
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 knows neither envy nor jealousy. Love is not forward and self-assertive, nor boastful and conceited.
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 She does not behave unbecomingly, nor seek to aggrandize herself, nor blaze out in passionate anger, nor brood over wrongs.
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 She finds no pleasure in injustice done to others, but joyfully sides with the 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 She knows how to be silent. She is full of trust, full of hope, full of patient endurance.
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 never fails. But if there are prophecies, they will be done away with; if there are languages, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be brought to an end.
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 the perfect state of things is come, all that is imperfect will be brought to an end.
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, felt like a child, reasoned like a child: when I became a man, I put from me 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 the present we see things as if in a mirror, and are puzzled; but then we shall see them face to face. For the present the knowledge I gain is imperfect; but then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
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 And so there remain Faith, Hope, Love--these three; and of these the greatest 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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