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THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL
TO THE
CORINTHIANS

CHAPTER 13

E. The Excellent Way for Exercising the Gifts
13:1-13

1. The Need of Love
vv.1-3


1 If I speak in the atongues of men and of angels but do not have blove, I have become 1sounding brass or a 1clanging cymbal.

2 And if I have the gift of aprophecy and know all bmysteries and all cknowledge, and if I have all dfaith so as to eremove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

3 And if I adole out all my possessions to feed others, and if I 1deliver up my bbody 2that I may boast, but do not have love, I profit nothing.


2. The Definition of Love
vv.4-7


4 1aLove bsuffers long. Love is kind; it is not cjealous. Love does not dbrag and is not epuffed up;

5 It does not behave unbecomingly and does not aseek its own things; it is not provoked and does not take account of evil;

6 It does anot rejoice because of 1unrighteousness, but brejoices with the 1ctruth;

7 It 1acovers all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.


3. The Excelling of Love
vv.8-13

8 aLove 1never falls away. But whether bprophecies, they will be rendered useless; or ctongues, they will cease; or dknowledge, it will be rendered useless.

9 For we aknow in part, and we prophesy in part;

10 But 1when that which is 2complete comes, 3that which is in part will be rendered useless.

11 1When I was a 2achild, I spoke as a child, I thought as a bchild, I 3reasoned as a child; 4since I have become a man, I have done away with childish things.

12 For 1now we see 2in a amirror 3obscurely, but at 4that time bface to face; 1now I cknow in part, but at 4that time I will fully dknow even as also I was fully known.

13 Now there abide 1afaith, bhope, clove, these three; and the greatest of these is dlove.