13:1If I were to speak in the languages of people and Messengers, yet have no love, I would be like noisy metal or a clanging cymbal.13:2And if I were to be prophetic and perceive all secrets and have all knowledge, and have a faith that can move mountains, yet have no love, I am nothing.13:3And if I were to give away all my possessions and even give up my body so I could brag, yet have no love, I gain nothing.
13:4Love is patient and kind. Love is not obsessed, not arrogant, not conceited,13:5not rude, not self-seeking, not thin-skinned, and does not keep an account of offenses.13:6It does not gloat over injustice but celebrates the truth;13:7it puts up with everything, trusts everything, expects everything, and endures everything.
13:8Love never fails. If there are prophecies they will cease to be useful; if there are languages they will stop; if there is knowledge it will cease to be useful.13:9For we only have partial knowledge and partial prophecy,13:10but when all is completed the partial will cease to be useful.13:11When I was a baby I spoke, thought, and reasoned like a baby. But now that I’ve grown up I have no more use for those baby things.
13:12Right now we see all this as though we are looking at a puzzle in a mirror, but then we will see face to face; right now I have partial knowledge, but then I will know as thoroughly as I am known.13:13For now, these three remain: faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of these is love.