1I may speak in different languages of men or even angels. But if I do not 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 all knowledge; and I may have faith so great that I can move mountains. But even with all these things, if I do not have love, then I am nothing. 3I may give everything I have to feed the poor. And I may even give my body as an offering to be burned.# Other Greek copies read “hand over my body in order that I may brag.” But I gain nothing by doing these things if I do not have love.
4Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. 5Love is not rude, is not selfish, and does not become angry easily. Love does not remember wrongs done against it. 6Love takes no pleasure in evil, but rejoices over the truth. 7Love patiently accepts all things. It 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 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. 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 as if 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, as God has known me. 13So these three things continue forever: faith, hope and love. And the greatest of these is love.