1 If I express myself in tongues of men

And angels, but do not have love, I am

Only a ringing gong or clanging cymbal.


2 If I possess the gift of prophecy

And can perceive all mysteries and all

Knowledge, and if I have a faith that can


Move mountains, but do not have love, I’m nothing.

3 If I give all of my belongings to

The poor and give my body to the flames,


But have not love, I don’t gain anything.

4 Love’s patient, love is kind. It does not envy,

It does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is


Not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is

Not easily provoked, it keeps no file

Of errors. 6 Love does not delight in wrong


But relishes the truth. 7 It always guards,

Always trusts, always hopes, and always strives.

8 Love never fails. But prophecies will cease,


Tongues will be stilled; and knowledge will be gone.

9 Because we know in part and prophesy

In part, 10 but when perfection comes, the flawed


Disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked

And thought and reasoned as a child will do.

When I became a man, my childish ways


I put behind me. 12 Now we see a poor

Reflection as a mirror; then we shall

See face to face. I know in part now; then


I’ll know just as I’m also known; 13 and now

These three remain: faith, hope and love, but of

These three the greatest one of all is love.