(1) If I speak with the tongues of men and of messengers, but do not have love, I have become as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. (2) And if I have prophecy, and know all secrets and all knowledge, and if I have all belief, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am none at all. (3) And if I give out all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but do not have love, I am not profited at all. (4) Love is patient, is kind, love does not envy, love does not boast, is not puffed up, (5) does not behave indecently, does not seek its own, is not provoked, reckons not the evil, (6) does not rejoice over the unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth, (7) it covers all, believes all, expects all, endures all. (8) Love never fails. And whether there be prophecies, they shall be inactive; or tongues, they shall cease; or knowledge, it shall be inactive. (9) For we know in part and we prophesy in part. (10) But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part shall be inactive. (11) When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I thought as a child, I reasoned as a child. But when I became a man, I did away with childish matters. (12) For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know, as I also have been known. (13) And now belief, expectation, and love remain – these three. But the greatest of these is love.