The Way of Love
1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2And if I have #[ch. 14:1, 39; Matt. 7:22]; See Acts 2:18 prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, #Matt. 17:20; Mark 11:23; [Luke 17:6]so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3#[Matt. 6:2] If I give away all I have, and #Dan. 3:28if I deliver up my body to be burned,#13:3 Some manuscripts deliver up my body [to death] that I may boast but have not love, I gain nothing.
4 # [Prov. 10:12; 17:9; 1 Thess. 5:14; 2 Tim. 2:10; 1 Pet. 4:8] Love is patient and #[2 Cor. 6:6; Gal. 5:22; Eph. 4:32; Col. 3:12] kind; love #Acts 7:9 does not envy or boast; it #See ch. 4:6is not arrogant 5or rude. It #See ch. 10:24 does not insist on its own way; it #[Rom. 4:6; 2 Cor. 5:19]is not irritable or resentful;#13:5 Greek irritable and does not count up wrongdoing 6it #[Rom. 1:32; 2 Thess. 2:12] does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but #[2 John 4; 3 John 3, 4]rejoices with the truth. 7#ch. 9:12 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, #[See ver. 4 above]endures all things.
8Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9For #[ch. 8:2]we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but #[John 15:15]when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12For #James 1:23; [Num. 12:8; Job 36:26; 2 Cor. 3:18; 5:7] now we see in a mirror dimly, but #1 John 3:2; See Matt. 5:8 then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as #See ch. 8:3I have been fully known.
13So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.