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The first epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians, chapter 13, New English Translation and King James Version

Chapter 13

New English Translation


   The Way of Love
   1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but I do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away everything I own, and if I give over my body in order to boast, but do not have love, I receive no benefit.
   4 Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful. 6 It is not glad about injustice, but rejoices in the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
   8 Love never ends. But if there are prophecies, they will be set aside; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be set aside. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part, 10 but when what is perfect comes, the partial will be set aside. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I became an adult, I set aside childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror indirectly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

King James Version


   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.
   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.
   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.
   4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
   5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
   6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
   7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
   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.
   9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
   10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
   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.
   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.
   13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
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