First Corinthians 13

King James Version

  1. Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
  2. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
  1. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
  2. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
  3. Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
  4. Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
  5. Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
  6. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
  7. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
  8. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
  9. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
  10. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
  11. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

 Revised Standard Version

  1. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
  2. 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 have not love, I am nothing.
  3. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
  4. Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful;
  5. it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
  6. it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.
  7. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
  8. Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.
  9. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect;
  10. but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away.
  11. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways.
  12. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood.
  13. So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Most recently featured as the chorus from Song for the Unification of Europe (Julie's version) from Kieslowski's film,

Blue.

Though I speak with the tongues of angels,

If I have not love...

My words would resound with but a tinkling cymbal.

And though I have the gift of prophecy...

And understand all mysteries...

and all knowledge...

And though I have all faith

So that I could remove mountains,

if I have not love…

I am nothing.

Love is patient, full of goodness;

Love tolerates all things,

Aspires to all things,

Love never dies,

while the prophecies shall be done away,

tongues shall be silenced,

knowledge shall fade...

thus then shall linger only

faith, hope, and love...

but the greatest of these...

is love.