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If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
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And if I have prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
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And if I shall dole out all my goods in food, and if I deliver up my body that I may be burned, but have not love, I profit nothing.
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Love has long patience, is kind;
love is not emulous [of others];
love is not insolent and rash, is not puffed up,
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does not behave in an unseemly manner, does not seek what is its own, is not quickly provoked, does not impute evil,
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does not rejoice at iniquity but rejoices with the truth,
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bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
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Love never fails;
but whether prophecies, they shall be done away;
or tongues, they shall cease;
or knowledge, it shall be done away.
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For we know in part, and we prophesy in part:
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but when that which is perfect has come, that which is in part shall be done away.
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When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I felt as a child, I reasoned as a child;
when I became a man, I had done with what belonged to the child.
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For we see now through a dim window obscurely, but then face to face;
now I know partially, but then I shall know according as I also have been known.
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And now abide faith, hope, love;
these three things;
and the greater of these [is] love.