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The Nature of God‘s Unconditional, Life-Giving Love * 1 Corinthians 13 [Moffat]

1  I may speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but if I have no love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal;

2  I may prophesy, fathom all mysteries and secret lore, I may have such absolute faith that I can move hills from their place, but if I have no love, I count for nothing;

3   I may distribute all I possess in charity, I may give up my body to be burnt, but if I have no love, I make nothing of it.

4   Love is very patient, very kind. Love knows no jealousy; love makes no parade, gives itself no airs,

5   is never rude, never selfish, never irritated, never resentful;

6   love is never glad when others go wrong, love is gladdened by goodness,

7   always slow to expose, always eager to believe the best, always hopeful, always patient.

8   Love never disappears. As for prophesying, it will be superseded; as for ‘tongues,’ they will cease; as for knowledge, it will be superseded.

9   For we only know bit by bit, and we only prophesy bit by bit;

10  but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will be superseded.

11  When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I argued like a child; now that I am a man, I am done with childish ways.

12  At present we only see the baffling reflections in a mirror, but then it will be face to face; at present I am learning bit by bit, but then I shall understand, as all along I have myself been understood.

13  Thus ‘faith and hope and love last on, these three,’ but the greatest of these is love.

1  I may speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but if I have no love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal;

2  I may prophesy, fathom all mysteries and secret lore, I may have such absolute faith that I can move hills from their place, but if I have no love, I count for nothing;

3   I may distribute all I possess in charity, I may give up my body to be burnt, but if I have no love, I make nothing of it.

4   Love is very patient, very kind. Love knows no jealousy; love makes no parade, gives itself no airs,

5   is never rude, never selfish, never irritated, never resentful;

6   love is never glad when others go wrong, love is gladdened by goodness,

7   always slow to expose, always eager to believe the best, always hopeful, always patient.

8   Love never disappears. As for prophesying, it will be superseded; as for ‘tongues,’ they will cease; as for knowledge, it will be superseded.

9   For we only know bit by bit, and we only prophesy bit by bit;

10  but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will be superseded.

11  When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I argued like a child; now that I am a man, I am done with childish ways.

12  At present we only see the baffling reflections in a mirror, but then it will be face to face; at present I am learning bit by bit, but then I shall understand, as all along I have myself been understood.

13  Thus ‘faith and hope and love last on, these three,’ but the greatest of these is love.

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