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1 Corinthians 13:8-10 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Perfect Love

Love never stops loving.[a] It extends beyond the gift of prophecy, which eventually fades away.[b] It is more enduring than tongues, which will one day fall silent. Love remains long after words of knowledge are forgotten.[c] Our present knowledge and our prophecies are but partial,[d] 10 but when love’s perfection arrives, the partial will fade away.[e]


  1. 1 Corinthians 13:8 Or “Love never, not even once, fails [lapses]” or “Love never falls down” (it keeps going higher).
  2. 1 Corinthians 13:8 The Aramaic can be translated “prophecy comes to pass.”
  3. 1 Corinthians 13:8 That is, the gift of the word of knowledge (1 Cor. 12:8). Knowledge itself will not pass away or be set aside, for we will learn of God’s mercies throughout eternity. This is the gifts of knowledge Paul refers to.
  4. 1 Corinthians 13:9 Or “in fragments.”
  5. 1 Corinthians 13:10 Perfect love diminishes the importance of prophecy and tongues. Paul could be saying that they will cease being important when compared with perfect love. That which is perfect is love and is greater than the gifts. Perfect love puts everything else in second place, for God is love. See 1 John 4:8, 18. Paul is contrasting spiritual gifts with love, saying, “Gifts will fail, but love will never fail.” Like leaves falling to the ground, something greater will one day take their place: the love of God.
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