1 Corinthians 13 Bible in Basic English

Love

13 1  If I make use of the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am like sounding brass, or a loud-tongued bell. 2  And if I have a prophet's power, and have knowledge of all secret things; and if I have all faith, by which mountains may be moved from their place, but have not love, I am nothing. 3  And if I give all my goods to the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it is of no profit to me.

4  Love is never tired of waiting; love is kind; love has no envy; love has no high opinion of itself, love has no pride; 5  Love's ways are ever fair, it takes no thought for itself; it is not quickly made angry, it takes no account of evil; 6  It takes no pleasure in wrongdoing, but has joy in what is true; 7  Love has the power of undergoing all things, having faith in all things, hoping all things.

8  Though the prophet's word may come to an end, tongues come to nothing, and knowledge have no more value, love has no end. 9  For our knowledge is only in part, and the prophet's word gives only a part of what is true: 10  But when that which is complete is come, then that which is in part will be no longer necessary. 11  When I was a child, I made use of a child's language, I had a child's feelings and a child's thoughts: now that I am a man, I have put away the things of a child. 12  For now we see things in a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now my knowledge is in part; then it will be complete, even as God's knowledge of me. 13  But now we still have faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love.


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