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   The Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
The First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians
[1]    IF I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.
[2]  And if I have the gift of 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.
[3]  And if I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to 1 be burned, but have not love, it profiteth me nothing.
[4]  Love suffereth long, and is king; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
[5]  doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not its own, is not provoked, taketh not account of evil;
[6]  rejoiceth not in unrighteousness, but rejoiceth with the truth;
[7]  beareth 2 all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
[8]  Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall be done away; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall be done away.
[9]  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part;
[10]  but when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away.
[11]  When I was a child, I spake as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child: now that I am become a man, I have put away childish things.
[12]  For now we see in a mirror, darkly; 3 but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know fully even as also I was fully known.
[13]  But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest 4 of these is love.
Note 1. Many ancient authorities read that I may glory, [back]
Note 2. Or, covereth Comp. 1 Pet. 4. 8. [back]
Note 3. Gr. in a riddle. [back]
Note 4. Gr. greater Comp. Mt. 18. 1, 4; 23. 11. [back]


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