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I Corinthians 13 – The Love Chapter

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

(1 CEV)  What if I could speak all languages of humans and of angels? If I did not love others, I would be nothing more than a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
(2 CEV)  What if I could prophesy and understand all secrets and all knowledge? And what if I had faith that moved mountains? I would be nothing, unless I loved others.
(3 CEV)  What if I gave away all that I owned and let myself be burned alive? I would gain nothing, unless I loved others.
(4a MSG)  Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self.
(4b GW)  Love isn’t jealous. It doesn’t sing its own praises. It isn’t arrogant.
(5a MSG)  Doesn’t force itself on others.
(5 GW)  It isn’t rude. It doesn’t think about itself. It isn’t irritable. It doesn’t keep track of wrongs.
(6 NLV)  Love is not happy with sin. Love is happy with the truth.
(7a CEV)  Love is always supportive.
(7 NLT)  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
(8 NLT)  Love will last forever, but prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will all disappear.
(9 MSG)  We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete.
(9 NLT)  Now we know only a little, and even the gift of prophecy reveals little!
(10 NLT)  But when the end comes, these special gifts will all disappear.
(11 NLT)  It’s like this: When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child does. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.
(12 CEV)  Now all we can see of God is like a cloudy picture in a mirror. Later we will see him face to face. We don’t know everything, but then we will, just as God completely understands us.
(13 NLT)  There are three things that will endure–faith, hope, and love–and the greatest of these is love.

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