1I may speak in different languages of men or even angels. But if I don’t have love, then I am only a noisy bell or a ringing cymbal. 2I may have the gift of prophecy; I may understand all the secret things ˻of God˼ and know everything; and I may have faith so great that I can move mountains. But even with all these things, if I don’t have love, then I am nothing. 3I may give everything I have to feed people. And I may even give my body ˻as an offering˼ to be burned. But I gain nothing by doing these things if I don’t have love. 4Love is patient, and love is kind. Love is not jealous, it does not boast, and it is not proud. 5Love is not rude, love is not selfish, and love does not become angry easily. Love does not remember wrongs done against it. 6Love is not happy with evil, but love is happy with the truth. 7Love patiently accepts all things. Love always trusts, always hopes, and always continues strong. 8Love never ends. There are ˻gifts of˼ prophecy, but they will be ended. There are ˻gifts of speaking in different kinds of˼ languages, but those gifts will end. There is ˻the gift of˼ knowledge, but it will be ended. 9These things will end, because this knowledge and these prophecies we have are not complete ˻(not perfect)˼. 10But when perfection comes, the things that are not complete will end. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child; I thought like a child; I made plans like a child. When I became a man, I stopped those childish ways. 12It is the same with us. Now we see like we are looking into a dark mirror. But at that time, in the future, we shall see clearly. Now I know only a part. But at that time I will know fully, like God has known me. 13So these three things continue: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13