1If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I have become as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profits me nothing.
4Love suffers long and is kind; love envies not; love flaunts not itself and is not puffed up, 5does not behave itself improperly, seeks not its own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; 6rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.
8Love never fails. But if there are prophecies, they shall fail; if there are tongues, they shall cease; and if there is knowledge, it shall vanish. 9For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10But when that which is perfect comes, then that which is imperfect shall pass away. 11When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, and I thought as a child. But when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12For now we see as through a glass, dimly, but then, face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know, even as I also am known.
13So now abide faith, hope, and love, these three. But the greatest of these is love.
The Holy Bible, Modern English Version. Copyright © 2014 by Military Bible Association. Published and distributed by Charisma House.