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Geneva Bible (1599)
1 Corinthians 13

He sheweth that there are gifts so excellent, which in Gods sight are not corrupt, if Charitie be away; and therefore he digre├četh unto the commendation of it.


1 Though I speake with the tongues of men and Angels, and have not love, I am as sounding brasse, or a tinkling cymbal.

2 And though I had the gift of Prophecie, and knew all secrets and all knowledge, yea, if I had all faith, so that I could remoove mountaines, and hath not love, I were nothing.

3 And though I feede the poore with all my goods, and though I give my body, that I be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me nothing.

4 Love suffereth long; it is bountiful; love envieth not; love doth not boast itself; it is not puffed up;

5 It doth no uncomely thing; it seeketh not her owne things; it is not provoked to anger; it thinketh no evill;

6 It rejoiceth not in iniquitie, but rejoiceth in the trueth;

7 It suffereth all things; it beleeveth all things; it hopeth all things; it endureth all things.

8 Love doeth never fall away, though that prophecying be abolished, or the tongues cease, or knowledge vanish away.

9 For we know in part, and wee prophecie in part.

10 But when that which is perfect, is come, then that which is in part shall be abolished.

11 When I was a childe, I spake as a childe; I understoode as a childe, I thought as a childe; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

12 For nowe we see thorow a glasse darkely; but then shall we see face to face. Nowe I know in part; but then shall I knowe even as I am knowen.

13 And now abideth faith, hope and love, even these three; but the chiefest of these is love.
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