31 But (A)earnestly desire the greater gifts.

And I show you a still more excellent way.

The Excellence of Love

13 If I speak with the (B)tongues of men and of (C)angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a (D)clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of (E)prophecy, and know all (F)mysteries and all (G)knowledge; and if I have (H)all faith, so as to (I)remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I (J)give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I (K)surrender my body [a]to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 13:3 Early mss read that I may boast