Charity is to be preferred before all other gifts.
1 If I speak with the tongues of men, and of Angels, and have not charity,
I am become a sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And if I should have prophecy, and should know all mysteries, and all
knowledge: and if I should have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should
deliver my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely,
is not puffed up,
5 Is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth:
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth
8 Charity never faileth; whether prophecies shall be made void, or tongues
shall cease, or knowledge shall be destroyed.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect shall come, that which is in part shall
be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought
as a child. But when I became a man, I put away the things of a child.
12 We see now through a glass in an obscure manner: but then face to face.
Now I know I part: but then I shall know even as I am known.
13 And now there remain, faith, hope, charity, these three: but the greatest
of these is charity.