Amplified Bible

1 Corinthians 13

The Excellence of Love

1If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not [a]love [for others growing out of God’s love for me], then I have become only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal [just an annoying distraction]. And if I have the gift of prophecy [and speak a new message from God to the people], and understand all mysteries, and [possess] all knowledge; and if I have all [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love [reaching out to others], I am nothing. If I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body [b]to be burned, but do not have love, it does me no good at all.

Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured. It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail]. Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening].

Love never fails [it never fades nor ends]. But as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for the gift of special knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part [for our knowledge is fragmentary and incomplete]. 10 But when that which is complete and perfect comes, that which is incomplete and partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 12 For now [in this time of imperfection] we see in a mirror dimly [a blurred reflection, a riddle, an enigma], but then [when the time of perfection comes we will see reality] face to face. Now I know in part [just in fragments], but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known [by God]. 13 And now there remain: faith [abiding trust in God and His promises], hope [confident expectation of eternal salvation], love [unselfish love for others growing out of God’s love for me], these three [the choicest graces]; but the greatest of these is love.

Notas al pie

  1. 1 Corinthians 13:1 I.e. a profound thoughtfulness and unselfish concern for other believers regardless of their circumstances or station in life.
  2. 1 Corinthians 13:3 Early mss read so that I may boast, i.e. as a martyr.

Ketab El Hayat

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أنشودة المحبة

1لَوْ كُنْتُ أَتَكَلَّمُ بِلُغَاتِ النَّاسِ وَالْمَلاَئِكَةِ وَلَيْسَ عِنْدِي مَحَبَّةٌ، لَمَا كُنْتُ إِلاَّ نُحَاساً يَطِنُّ وَصَنْجاً يَرِنُّ! وَلَوْ كَانَتْ لِي مَوْهِبَةُ النُّبُوءَةِ، وَكُنْتُ عَالِماً بِجَمِيعِ الأَسْرَارِ وَالْعِلْمِ كُلِّهِ، وَكَانَ عِنْدِي الإِيمَانُ كُلُّهُ حَتَّى أَنْقُلَ الْجِبَالَ، وَلَيْسَ عِنْدِي مَحَبَّةٌ، فَلَسْتُ شَيْئاً! وَلَوْ قَدَّمْتُ أَمْوَالِي كُلَّهَا لِلإِطْعَامِ، وَسَلَّمْتُ جَسَدِي لأُحْرَقَ، وَلَيْسَ عِنْدِي مَحَبَّةٌ، لَمَا كُنْتُ أَنْتَفِعُ شَيْئاً. الْمَحَبَّةُ تَصْبِرُ طَوِيلاً؛ وَهِيَ لَطِيفَةٌ. الْمَحَبَّةُ لَا تَحْسُدُ. الْمَحَبَّةُ لَا تَتَفَاخَرُ وَلاَ تَتَكَبَّرُ. لَا تَتَصَرَّفُ بِغَيْرِ لِيَاقَةٍ، وَلاَ تَسْعَى إِلَى مَصْلَحَتِهَا الْخَاصَّةِ. لَا تُسْتَفَزُّ سَرِيعاً، وَلاَ تَنْسُبُ الشَّرَّ لأَحَدٍ. لَا تَفْرَحُ بِالظُّلْمِ، بَلْ تَفْرَحُ بِالْحَقِّ. إِنَّهَا تَسْتُرُ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ، وَتُصَدِّقُ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ، وَتَرْجُو كُلَّ شَيْءٍ، وَتَتَحَمَّلُ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ. الْمَحَبَّةُ لَا تَزُولُ أَبَداً. أَمَّا مَوَاهِبُ النُّبُوآتِ فَسَتُزَالُ، وَمَوَاهِبُ اللُّغَاتِ سَتَنْقَطِعُ، وَالْمَعْرِفَةُ سَتُزَالُ. فَإِنَّ مَعْرِفَتَنَا جُزْئِيَّةٌ وَنُبُوءَتَنَا جُزْئِيَّةٌ. 10 وَلَكِنْ، عِنْدَمَا يَأْتِي مَا هُوَ كَامِلٌ، يُزَالُ مَا هُوَ جُزْئِيٌّ. 11 فَلَمَّا كُنْتُ طِفْلاً، كُنْتُ أَتَكَلَّمُ كَالطِّفْلِ، وَأَشْعُرُ كَالطِّفْلِ، وَأُفَكِّرُ كَالطِّفْلِ. وَلَكِنْ، لَمَّا صِرْتُ رَجُلاً، أَبْطَلْتُ مَا يَخُصُّ الطِّفْلَ. 12 وَنَحْنُ الآنَ نَنْظُرُ إِلَى الأُمُورِ كَمَا فِي مِرْآةٍ فَلا نَرَاهَا وَاضِحَةً. إِلاَّ أَنَّنَا سَنَرَاهَا أَخِيراً مُوَاجَهَةً. الآنَ، أَعْرِفُ مَعْرِفَةً جُزْئِيَّةً. وَلَكِنِّي، عِنْدَئِذٍ، سَأَعْرِفُ مِثْلَمَا عُرِفْتُ. 13 أَمَّا الآنَ، فَهذِهِ الثَّلاَثَةُ بَاقِيَةٌ: الإِيمَانُ، وَالرَّجَاءُ، وَالْمَحَبَّةُ. وَلَكِنَّ أَعْظَمَهَا الْمَحَبَّةُ!