1 Corinthians

1 Corinthians 13 ©

1 All gifts, however excellent, without charity are worth nothing. 4 The praises of charity, 13 and its preference to faith and hope.


THOUGH I speak with the tongues of men and of aangels, and have not b*charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.


cAnd 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.


dAnd 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.


e*Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity 1*vaunteth not itself, is not fpuffed up,

f ch. 4.6.

gDoth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;


hRejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth 2in the truth;


iBeareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.


j*Charity never faileth: but whether there be kprophecies, they shall 3fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.


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


But mwhen that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be 4done away.


nWhen I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I 5thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.


oFor now we see through a *glass, 6darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.


And now pabideth faith, hope, *charity, these three; but qthe greatest of these is charity.