- If 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.
- And 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.
- And 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.
- Love is never tired of waiting;
love is kind;
love has no envy;
love has no high opinion of itself, love has no pride;
- Love's ways are ever fair, it takes no thought for itself;
it is not quickly made angry, it takes no account of evil;
- It takes no pleasure in wrongdoing, but has joy in what is true;
- Love has the power of undergoing all things, having faith in all things, hoping all things.
- Though the prophet's word may come to an end, tongues come to nothing, and knowledge have no more value, love has no end.
- For our knowledge is only in part, and the prophet's word gives only a part of what is true:
- But when that which is complete is come, then that which is in part will be no longer necessary.
- When 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.
- For 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.
- But now we still have faith, hope, love, these three;
and the greatest of these is love.