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1 Corinthians 13

And I will show you a still more excellent way.

If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

  • Anonymous

    Love Conquers All

  • Nenya

    This is still beautiful despite being quoted constantly. 

  • Anonymous

    This is beautiful. Despite years of hearing the passage, I don’t think I’ve seen the full context before.

    And now the snark:

    But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end.

    Have L&J read this part? Because it seems their entire premise is founded upon the idea that they know *everything*.

  • Anonymous

    This is beautiful. Despite years of hearing the passage, I don’t think I’ve seen the full context before.

    And now the snark:

    But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end.

    Have L&J read this part? Because it seems their entire premise is founded upon the idea that they know *everything*.

  • Anonymous

    Haha I thought about L&J when I read this too.  Because they seem to base God’s goodness on prophecies and tongues with no regard for love. 

    Beautiful passage though.  Thanks for posting it today Fred!

  • http://reshapingreality.wordpress.com/ Aidan Bird

    I love this passage – it’s one of the ones I try to embody.  For in my view, Love does no harm, Love fulfills the commandments, and God is Love.  This verse just expands on what love is. 

    Has anyone ever read Dan Simmons, Hyperion Cantos?  I highly recommend, for this passage reminds me of one of the best conclusions in the series.  That the very essence of space is love/empathy.  The first book focuses on a group of people on a ‘pilgrimage’, and one of them was a Jewish Scholar with his infant child. (Yes, the first book was similar to the Cantebury Tales in that each pilgrim told their story as they traveled.) Anyway, I think it’s the Jewish scholar in the first book that starts to realize what the fabric of the universe is during his time wrestling with the bibilical story of Abraham being asked by Yahweh to sacrifice his son, Issac.  The Jewish scholar has an amazing interpretation of Abraham’s sacrifice that is nearly a polar opposite of the usual view of blind faith in Yahweh. 

    I think some of these verses were referenced in the books as well.  I highly, highly recommend the series to anyone here that enjoys science fiction.

  • Anonymous

    Definitely one of my favourites.

  • friendly reader

    1 Cor. 13:1-3 was the scripture I chose at my confirmation. I’ll be reading the entire thing at my brother’s wedding this June.

  • http://willbikeforchange.wordpress.com/ storiteller

    This is my favorite passage in the whole Bible.  I’ve taken it as my personal passage in terms of guiding my faith.  I’ve failed to entirely memorize it, but I have enough bits in my head that I can grab onto them when in times of need.

  • Jurgan

    My favorite as well, and I had it read at my wedding.


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