31 But aearnestly desire the greater gifts.
And I show you a still more excellent way.
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 1to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
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 1abears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails; but if there are gifts of 1aprophecy, 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 1became a man, I did away with childish things.
12 For now we asee in a mirror 1dimly, 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 1greatest of these is alove.