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Love: The Superior Way

13 If I speak human or angelic * languages

but do not have love, r

I am a sounding gong s or a clanging cymbal.

If I have the gift of prophecy t

and understand all * mysteries

and all knowledge,

and if I have all faith

so that I can move mountains u

but do not have love, I am nothing.

And if I donate all my goods to feed the poor,

and if I give my body in order to boast v

but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, w love is kind.

Love does not envy, x

is not boastful, is not conceited, y

does not act improperly,

is not selfish, z is not provoked, a

and does not keep a record of wrongs.

Love finds no joy in unrighteousness

but rejoices in the truth. b

It bears all things, believes all things,

hopes all things, endures c all things.

Love never ends. d

But as for prophecies,

they will come to an end;

as for languages, they will cease;

as for knowledge, it will come to an end.

For we know in part,

and we prophesy in part.

10 But when the perfect comes,

the partial will come to an end.

11 When I was a child,

I spoke like a child,

I thought like a child,

I reasoned like a child.

When I became a man,

I put aside childish things.

12 For now we see indistinctly, e as in a mirror, f

but then face to face. g

Now I know in part,

but then I will know fully, h

as I am fully known. i

13 Now these three remain:

faith, hope, j and love.

But the greatest of these is love.


About The Holman Christian Standard Bible

The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.

Accurate, yet highly readable, it's a translation committed to leaving both the grace and gravity of the original languages intact while carefully creating a smooth flow of wording for the reader.

Stylistically, this inaugural edition contributes to the clarity of the written Word, arranging the poetic portions of the Scripture into complete lines of thought, and revering God's presence on each page by capitalizing all the pronouns that refer to Him.

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