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1 Corinthians 13 New Matthew Bible (NMB)

The nature and attributes of love.

13 Though I spoke with the tongues of men and angels, and yet had no love, I would be even as sounding brass, or as a ringing cymbal. And though I could prophesy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge – yea if I had all faith, so that I could move mountains out of their places – and yet had no love, I would be nothing. And if I bestowed all my goods to feed the poor, and even if I gave my body to be burned, and yet had no love, it profits me nothing.

Love suffers long, and is kind. Love does not envy. Love is not contrary, does not swell up, does not deal dishonourably, seeks not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinks no evil; does not take pleasure in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; suffers all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures in all things. Though prophesying fail, or tongues cease, or knowledge vanish away, yet love never falls away.

For our knowledge is imperfect, and our prophesying is imperfect. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is imperfect shall be put away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I imagined as a child. But as soon as I was a man, I put away childishness. 12 Now we see in a glass, even in a dark speaking, but then we shall see face to face. Now I know imperfectly, but then I shall know even as I am known. 13 Now faith, hope, and love, these three things abide, but the chief of these is love.

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