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The First Epistle of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

Chapter 13

Charity is to be preferred before all gifts.


1
If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

2
And if I should have prophecy and should know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I should have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

3
And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should deliver my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

4
Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely, is not puffed up,

5
Is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil:

6
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth:

7
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

8
Charity never falleth away: whether prophecies shall be made void or tongues shall cease or knowledge shall be destroyed.

9
For we know in part: and we prophesy in part.

10
But when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away.

11
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But, when I became a man, I put away the things of a child.

12
We see now through a glass in a dark manner: but then face to face. Now I know in part: but then I shall know even as I am known.

13
And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity.

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