1If I make use of the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am like sounding brass, or a loud-tongued bell. 2And if I have a prophet’s power, and have knowledge of all secret things; and if I have all faith, by which mountains may be moved from their place, but have not love, I am nothing. 3And if I give all my goods to the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it is of no profit to me.
4Love is never tired of waiting; love is kind; love has no envy; love has no high opinion of itself, love has no pride; 5Love’s ways are ever fair, it takes no thought for itself; it is not quickly made angry, it takes no account of evil; 6It takes no pleasure in wrongdoing, but has joy in what is true; 7Love has the power of undergoing all things, having faith in all things, hoping all things.
8Though the prophet’s word may come to an end, tongues come to nothing, and knowledge have no more value, love has no end.
9For our knowledge is only in part, and the prophet’s word gives only a part of what is true: 10But when that which is complete is come, then that which is in part will be no longer necessary.
11When I was a child, I made use of a child’s language, I had a child’s feelings and a child’s thoughts: now that I am a man, I have put away the things of a child. 12For now we see things in a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now my knowledge is in part; then it will be complete, even as God’s knowledge of me.
13But now we still have faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
Unless otherwise noted, all scriptures are from the 1949/1964 BIBLE IN BASIC ENGLISH, public domain.