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1 Corinthians 13 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Love Is the Greatest
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 13:1 - If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 13:2 - If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 13:3 - If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;[fn] but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 13:4 - Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 13:5 - or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 13:6 - It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 13:7 - Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 13:8 - Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages[fn] and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 13:9 - Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture!
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 13:10 - But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 13:11 - When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 13:12 - Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.[fn] All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 13:13 - Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
NLT Footnotes
Some manuscripts read sacrificed my body to be burned.
Or in tongues.
Greek see face to face.

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