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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. 3 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. 4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 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. 9 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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1 Deena E = "In other words, speaking in various tongues is just a bunch crazy noise without love (charity)."
2 Ben N = "Our speech is imbued, not just with meaning, but also with intent and feeling. Simple words spoken with kindness and truth, are of far more worth than elaborate wordplay that is intended to hurt or deceive. No matter how eloquently we speak, without love, our words are but empty noise. "
3 Sarah R = "The word translated as "charity" in the King James Version is the Greek word "agape", meaning brotherly love. Other versions of the New Testament use "love" instead of charity. That is why 1 Corinthians 13 is referred to as the "love chapter"."
4 Stephanie C = "Charity meaning to therefore contribute or volunteer one's help.For the help to other's or someone. Biblically meaning agape."
5 Ben N = "A man is not measured by his knowledge or talents, but by the amount of love in his heart, his capacity for compassion and caring."
6 Ben N = "Good deeds of themselves mean nothing. The underlying motive, or state of consciousness, gives them meaning. Good deeds done from a sense of duty, or for some selfish reason, are of no benefit; only when they are performed out of genuine love and caring."
7 Cary W = "Modern versions of the Bible use the word, but perhaps charity is as good a word, for it is a definite flavor of love; it is the kind that is meek and charitable or generous in nature.  That is why real love at work, has no sense of self, pride or vain glory.  It just is patient, kind and long suffering."
8 Deena E = "Hi Cary,Good explanation! For further study, you might enjoy this reference for the word Charity in its original Greek meaning--agape or brotherly love."
9 Cary W = "Because the love of God in our hearts is pure, it could never be self seeking, easily agitated and only think in purity."
10 Cary W = "This is one of the most encouraging of Biblical scriptures, for even with all her warnings, even so, love bears all, believes in all, hopes all and endures all of our worst moments and behaviors.  Love indeed covers a multitude of sins, so rejoice in love!"
11 Cary W = "The various gifts of God in His Spirit are good and serve many divine purposes in us, but the main goal of all gifts is love from a pure heart toward God and all men.  When love is perfected in us, we have no need of the other gifts.  We have arrived on the King's lap."
12 Deena E = ""1 CORINTHIANS 13:11 EXPLAINED" [1 of 3]by Deena E.1 Corinthians 13 - is often referred to as the "Love Chapter" in the Bible. However, when verse 11 is quoted without considering the rest of the passage, it would seem unlikely that the reader would think that this verse is about love. In fact, [literally] every time I've heard someone quote this verse 11, it's always been singled-out and left unaccompanied by the rest of the passage. Verse 11 is such a vital verse, yet often taken out of its proper context. To better understand verse 11 we must  consider the entire chapter/passage.[1 of 3] "
13 Deena E = "" 1 CORINTHIANS 13:11 EXPLAINED" [2 of 3]by: Deena E. Verses 1-3 describe how the ability to do extraordinary works and having supernatural gifts (speaking in tongues, prophesying, having all wisdom and knowledge, mountain-moving faith, giving away all of one's possessions) are meaningless without possessing charity (or love).  Verses 4-7 describe what love is, what it is not and what it does-- implying that the use of the word takes both the form of a noun and a verb, which suggests that love is something that one can possess (relating to a person's internal character) and also something that one can do (relating to a a person's external behavior). Then verses 8 & 9 take the text into a transition from what love will not do (i.e. fail) then into a contrast of how the extraordinary works are flawed and temporary,mentioning prophecy as an example of a work that doesn't compare with love. Then verse 10 suggests that those things which temporarily exist (the works) will be done away with once "that which is perfect is to come," in which love is being referenced as a thing that is permanent (or eternal) and [possibly] still being perfected. So why, after these first 10 verses, does the author say verse 11? I've heard so many people use this verse with a pride-filled attitude, puffing up their own level of maturity, which (arrogance, , self-appointed holiness, self-righteousness and self-supremacy) seems to counter-theme the context of the passage.[2 of 3]"
14 Deena E = ""1 CORINTHIANS 13:11 EXPLAINED"  [3 of 3]by: Deena E. The author then describes in verse 12 how we (the author and readers) are still within the parameters of the temporary, and not at full knowledge, but will be once that which is eternal becomes perfect. Finally, in verse 13, the author compares 3 eternal things--faith, hope and love, noting that love is the greatest of the three.  Considering the 12 other verses, doesn't the 11th verse slightly seem out of place? What is the author talking about? Why does he reflect on being a child, doing childish things, then growing into maturity and ceasing to do childish things? Or better yet, why have all the people I've heard quote this verse say it without acknowledging or implying the topic of love? I believe that the author makes it a point to say verse 11 in the midst of exalting love because his readers may not have understood how much maturity love actually requires. More than half of the passage displays the selflessness of love. Perhaps when the author was "a child" he may not have seen the importance of love, as long as the miracles were being performed. But once he matures, he realizes how meaningless the most extraordinary thing is without love. Love is a mature thing: it takes great maturity to always be kind, bear all, believe all, hope all and endure all things (verses 4&5). 1 Corinthians 13:11  is less of a "boasting about my own maturity" announcement and more of a "warning you from personal experience" statement. Love is for the mature![3 of 3]"
15 Stephanie C = "When i was a child, I thought and understood as a child. I thought as a child: But when i grew into a man and became that.I let go of the child like things.For now we see through a hologram, dark,but then face to face:now  i know partially: But then shall I know even as also I am known.And now be always in faith, hope and charity.Because these are the three. But out of all of these the greatest is charity.Explained by: stephanie cox   "
16 Stephanie C = "When i was a child, I thought and understood as a child. I thought as a child: But when i grew into a man and became that.I let go of the child like things.For now we see through a hologram, dark,but then face to face:now  i know partially: But then shall I know even as also I am known.And now be always in faith, hope and charity.Because these are the three. But out of all of these the greatest is charity.Explained by: stephanie cox   "
17 Cary W = "While we struggle with the Spirit to arrive at the purity of love, we don't see things as they are, so we are encouraged to abide in the trinity of faith, hope and love.  As hope and faith have their purifying work in our hearts and minds, we will arrive in His Presence, face to face and shall know ourselves as He knows and sees us: His children born of love."
18 John S = "Ironically, this text is read a lot at modern-day weddings even though Paul's original audience was a group of people who could barely stand each other."
19 Sarah Mangum = "Top 10 Christian Verses for Those in Love"