1 IF I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
2 And if I have the power of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
3 And if I distribute all that I have to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love is longsuffering, love is kind, is not jealous, love does not boast, is not conceited,
5 does not behave unbecomingly, does not seek her own interest, is not irritable, does not count up her wrongs,
6 does not rejoice in wickedness, but rejoices with the truth,
7 excuses all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails; but if there are prophetic powers, they will become useless; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will become useless.
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part,
10 but when the perfect comes what is in part will become useless.
11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. Since I have become a man, I have no use for childish things.
12 For as yet we are looking at puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then face to face. As yet I know in part, but then I shall know fully, as I have been fully known.
13 But now faith, hope, love \'97 these three \'97 endure. And the greatest of these is love.