1 Corinthians 13 interpreted

1 “If I speak with the tongues of mankind and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

2 If I have the gift of prophecy and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

3 And if I give away all my possessions to charity, and if I surrender my body so that I may glory, but do not have love, it does me no good.

4 Love is patient, love is kind, it is not jealous; love does not brag, it is not arrogant.

5 It does not act disgracefully, it does not seek its own benefit; it is not provoked, does not keep an account of a wrong suffered,

6 it does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;

7 it keeps every confidence, it believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8 Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away with; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away with.

9 For we know in part and prophesy in part;

10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away with.

11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.

12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just as I also have been fully known.

13 But now faith, hope, and love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians 13

1Though I communicate with many men and women and pray beautifully and do not have Christ, I am as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.

2 And though I have great visions, and have so many choices and so much knowledge; indeed, if I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and do not have Christ, I am nothing.

3 And though I give all I have to poorer people, and though I serve others with my whole body and mind, and have not Christ, it profits me nothing.

4 God has suffered long and is determined to be our Father. Truly, Christ does not envy anyone. Truly, we do not boast of ourselves. Truly, this Love is not puffed up,

5 It is pure. For our Savior did not serve himself, but humbled himself, even to death on a cross. What can separate us from the love of God?

6 The Holy Spirit does not rejoice in injustice but rejoices in the truth.

7 He bears all things: He helps us to believe. Our hope is in him. He will endure all things in us.

8 And Christ and the words of Christ will never pass away. But where there are visions, they will fail; where there is great communication, it will cease; where there is knowledge, it will fade away.

9 For we know in part, and our visions are in part.

10 But when Christ comes again, then that which was in part will not bother us anymore.

11 When I was less mature, I spoke as a child. I understood as a child. I thought as a child. But now that I have become a man, I can put away childish things.

12 For now we see through a screen darkly. But then we will be with Him in person. Now I know in part. But then I will know just as I also am known.

13 And yet remain faith, hope, love; these three in my heart. But if I doubt, greater than my heart will ever be Christ.

About The Author

A Computer Science student at Carnegie Mellon University, Joseph used to argue with the other members of Morning Walk and still does not understand too much. He was picked up out of the deep mud a few years ago with their help and now loves Jesus. God used his family at home and his brothers and sisters in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship to teach him love and now they are the stars in the night sky to him.

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