And now, a final word about love

8949609_origThe week started with the worst possible news. And just when we thought we’d seen the worst, some really incredible people stepped up and spoke out. So it was an awful week punctuated by some awesome moments that, at their heart (no pun intended) were rooted in love. So here on a Friday, is the last word on love, the King James version, the way I memorized it as a kid.

From I Cor. 13:

13 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.

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

11 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.

12 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.

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

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3 responses to “And now, a final word about love

  1. I wonder why some versions mention “charity” and some mention “love” in this verse. Is the greatest “charity” or “love”? Either way, I like it. It was probably the only verse I memorized, but not for church. I had to recite it in order to become a member of a charity sorority in high school.

    • Charity as a virtue, in the biblical sense, (caritas), is love. Love of God and love of humankind. A passion for kindness and tolerance toward humankind that reflects God’s Will: And this commandment have we from Him, That he who loveth God love his brother also. (1 John 4:21)

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