NASB — 1 Corinthians 13 — KJV

The Excellence of Love

1 If I speak with the atongues of men and of bangels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a cclanging cymbal. 2 If I have [the gift of] aprophecy, and know all bmysteries and all cknowledge; and if I have dall faith, so as to eremove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I agive all my possessions to feed [the poor], and if I bsurrender my body Ito be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

[1] a1Co 12:10 b2Co 12:4; Rv 14:2 cPs 150:5
[2] aMt 7:22; Ac 13:1; 1Co 11:4; 13:8; 14:1, 39 b1Co 14:2; 15:51 cRo 15:14 d1Co 12:9 eMt 17:20; 21:21; Mk 11:23
[3] IEarly mss read that I may boast aMt 6:2 bDn 3:28

4 ¶ Love ais patient, love is kind [and] bis not jealous; love does not brag [and] is not carrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it adoes not seek its own, is not provoked, bdoes not take into account a wrong [suffered], 6 adoes not rejoice in unrighteousness, but brejoices with the truth; 7 Iabears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

[4] aPv 10:12; 17:9; 1Th 5:14; 1P 4:8 bAc 7:9 c1Co 4:6
[5] a1Co 10:24; Php 2:21 b2Co 5:19
[6] a2Th 2:12 b2 Jn 4; 3 Jn 3f
[7] IOr covers a1Co 9:12

8 ¶ Love never fails; but if [there are gifts of] Iaprophecy, they will be done away; if [there are] btongues, they will cease; if [there is] knowledge, it will be done away. 9 For we aknow in part and we prophesy in part; 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I Ibecame a man, I did away with childish things. 12 For now we asee in a mirror Idimly, but then bface to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also chave been fully known. 13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the Igreatest of these is alove.

[8] ILit prophecies a1Co 13:2 b1Co 13:1
[9] a1Co 8:2; 13:12
[11] ILit have become...have done away with
[12] ILit in a riddle a2Co 5:7; Php 3:12; Jm 1:23 bGn 32:30; Nu 12:8; 1 Jn 3:2 c1Co 8:3
[13] ILit greater aGa 5:6


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All gifts,

1 ¶ Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become [as] sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

[1] Mt 25:45; Ro 14:15; 1Co 8:1; 12:8, 16, 29; 13:2; 14:6, 7; 2Co 12:4; Ga 5:6, 22; 1Ti 1:5; 1P 4:8; 2P 2:18.

how excellent soever, are nothing worth without charity.

2 And though I have [the gift of] prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed [the poor], and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

[2] Nu 24:15; Mt 7:22; 13:11; 17:20; 21:19, 21; Mk 11:22; Lk 17:5; Ro 11:25; 16:25; 1Co 4:1; 7:19; 8:4; 12:8, 9, 28; 13:1, 3; 14:1, 6; 16:22; 2Co 12:11; Ga 5:16, 22; 6:3; Ep 3:4; 6:19; Col 1:26; 1Ti 3:16; 1Jn 4:8, 20.
[3] Is 57:12; Jr 7:8; Dn 3:16; Mt 6:1; 7:22; 23:5; Lk 18:22, 28; 19:8; 21:3; Jn 6:63; 12:43; 13:37; 15:13; Ac 21:13; Ga 5:26; Php 1:15, 20; 2:3; 1Ti 4:8; He 13:9; Jm 2:14.

The praises thereof,

4 Charity suffereth long, [and] is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 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. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

[4] Gn 30:1; 37:11; 1S 25:21, 33; 1K 20:10; Ne 9:17; Ps 10:5; Pv 10:12; 13:10; 17:14; 19:22; 25:8; 31:20, 26; Ec 7:8; 10:4; Dn 3:19; Mt 27:18; Lk 6:35; Ro 1:29; 13:13; 1Co 3:3; 4:6, 18; 5:2; 8:1; 2Co 6:6; 12:20; Ga 5:21, 22, 26; Ep 4:2, 32; Php 1:15; 2:1; Col 1:11; 2:18; 3:12; 1Ti 6:4; 2Ti 2:25; 3:10; 4:2; Tit 3:3; Jm 3:14, 17; 4:5; 1P 2:1; 3:8; 4:8; 2P 1:7; 1Jn 3:16; 4:11.
[5] Nu 12:3; 16:15; 20:10; 2S 10:3; Jb 21:27; Ps 106:32; Pv 14:17; Is 3:5; Jr 11:19; 18:18; 40:13; Mt 5:22; 9:4; Mk 3:5; Lk 7:39; Ro 14:12; 15:1; 1Co 7:36; 10:24, 33; 11:13, 18, 21; 12:25; 14:33; Ga 5:13; 6:1; Php 2:3, 21; 4:8; 2Th 3:7; 2Ti 2:10; Jm 1:19; 1Jn 3:16.
[6] Ex 18:9; Jsh 22:22; 1S 23:19; 2S 4:10; Ps 10:3; 119:136; Pv 14:9; Jr 9:1; 13:17; 20:10; Ho 4:8; 7:3; Mi 7:8; Lk 19:41; 22:5; Ro 1:32; 12:9; 2Co 7:9; Php 1:4, 18; 2:17; 3:18; 1Th 3:6; 2Jn 1:4; 3Jn 1:3.
[7] Gn 29:20; Nu 11:12; Dt 1:9; Jb 13:15; Ps 119:66; Pv 10:12; So 8:6; Mt 10:22; Lk 7:37, 44; 19:4; Ro 8:24; 15:1; 1Co 9:18; 13:4; 2Co 11:8; Ga 6:2; 2Th 1:4; 2Ti 2:3, 24; 3:11; 4:5; He 13:13; Jm 1:12; 1P 2:24; 4:8.
[8] Jr 49:7; Lk 22:32; Ac 2:4; 19:6; 1Co 12:10, 28; 13:1, 10, 13; 14:39; Ga 5:6; He 8:13.
[9] Jb 11:7; 26:14; Ps 40:5; 139:6; Pv 30:4; Mt 11:27; Ro 11:34; 1Co 2:9; 8:2; 13:12; Ep 3:8, 18; Col 2:2; 1P 1:10; 1Jn 3:2.
[10] Is 24:23; 60:19; 1Co 13:12; 2Co 5:7; Rv 21:22; 22:4.
[11] Ec 11:10; 1Co 3:1; 14:20; Ga 4:1.
[12] Ex 33:11; Nu 12:8; Jg 14:12; Ezk 17:2; Mt 5:8; 18:10; Jn 10:15; Ro 8:18; 1Co 13:9; 2Co 3:18; 5:7; Php 3:12; Jm 1:23; 1Jn 3:2; Rv 22:4.

and prelation before hope and faith.

13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these [is] charity.

[13] Ps 42:11; 43:5; 146:5; Lm 3:21; Mk 12:29; Lk 8:13; 10:27; 22:32; Ro 5:4; 8:24; 15:13; 1Co 3:14; 8:1, 3; 13:1, 8; 14:1; 16:14; 2Co 5:10, 15; Ga 5:6, 13; Php 1:9; Col 1:5, 27; 3:14; 1Th 5:8; 1Ti 1:5; 2Ti 1:7; He 6:11, 19; 10:35, 39; 11:1; 1P 1:21; 1Jn 2:10, 14, 24; 3:3, 9; 4:7; 5:1; 2Jn 1:4.


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