PAUL'S DISCOURSE ON CHARITY





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. 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. 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.



Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not, charity

vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly,

seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all

things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.



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. For we know in part, and we prophesy

in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in

part shall be done away. 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. 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.



And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of

these is charity.





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