The Bible in Its Traditions

1 Corinthians 12:31–13:13

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31  But strive for the better gifts. And yet I make known a more excellent way.

31  But be zealous for the better charisms. And I reveal to you a yet more excellent way.

31  But if you are searching for the greater gifts, I will show you a more excellent way.

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13:1  Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become [as] sounding brass or a clashing cymbal.

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.

If I were to speak in the language of men, or of Angels, yet not have charity, I would be like a clanging bell or a crashing cymbal.

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13:2  And though I have [the gift of] prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

And if I have prophecy, and learn every mystery, and obtain all knowledge, and possess all faith, so that I could move mountains, yet not have charity, then I am nothing.

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13:3  And though I give away all my possessions to feed [the poor], and though I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

And if I bestow all my goods to feed [the poor], and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profiteth me nothing.

And if I distribute all my goods in order to feed the poor, and if I hand over my body to be burned, yet not have charity, it offers me nothing.

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13:4  Love is patient, love is kind; love does not envy; love does not boast, is not arrogant;

Love suffereth long, [and] is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Charity is patient, is kind. Charity does not envy, does not act wrongly, is not inflated.

13:5  does not behave disgracefully, does not seek its own, is not provoked to anger, thinks no evil;

doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not its own, is not provoked, taketh not account of evil;

Charity is not ambitious, does not seek for itself, is not provoked to anger, devises no evil.

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13:6  does not rejoice over unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;

rejoiceth not in unrighteousness, but rejoiceth with the truth;

Charity does not rejoice over iniquity, but rejoices in truth.

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13:7  bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Charity suffers all, believes all, hopes all, endures all.

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13:8  Love never fails. But whether there [are] prophecies, they shall pass away; whether there[ are] tongues, they shall cease; whether there[ is] knowledge, it shall pass away.

Charity is never torn away, even if prophecies pass away, or languages cease, or knowledge is destroyed.

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

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13:9  Now we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part.

13:10  But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is partial shall pass away.

10  But when the perfect arrives, the imperfect passes away.

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13:11  When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I thought as a child, I reasoned as a child; but when I became a man, I put away the things of the child.

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13:12  For now we see through a mirror by reflection, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

12  Now we see through a glass darkly. But then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know, even as I am known.

13:13  And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

13  But for now, these three continue: faith, hope, and charity. And the greatest of these is charity.