13 Although with the tongues of men I be speaking and of messengers And have not love I have become resounding brass or a clanging cymbal;
2 And though I have [the gift of] prophesying and know all sacred secrets and all knowledge,—And though I have all faith so as to be removing mountains, And have not love I am nothing;
3 And though I morsel out all my goods,—And though I deliver up my body that I may boast, And have not love I am profited nothing.
4 Love is patient, Is gracious. Love is not envious, Vaunteth not itself, Is not puffed up,
5 Acteth not unbecomingly, Seeketh not her own things, Is not easily provoked, Imputeth not that which is base,
6 Rejoiceth not over unrighteousness, But rejoiceth in sympathy with truth,—
7 All things covereth, All things believeth, All things hopeth, All things endureth.
8 Love at no time faileth;—But whether prophesyings They shall be done away, Whether tongues They shall cease, Whether gaining knowledge It shall be done away;
9 For in part are we gaining knowledge And in part are we prophesying,—
10 But as soon as that which is complete is come That which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child I used to speak as a child, To prefer as a child, To reason as a child: Now I have become a man I have laid aside the things of the child!
12 For we see as yet through a dim window obscurely, But then face to face: As yet I gain knowledge in part, But then shall I fully know Even as I was also fully known.
13 But now abide—faith, hope, love,—These Three; But the greatest of these is Love.