If I speak the languages of men and of angels, but do not have love, I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have [the gift of] prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so that I can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
And if I donate all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient; love is kind. Love does not envy; is not boastful; is not conceited;
does not act improperly; is not selfish; is not provoked; does not keep a record of wrongs;
finds no joy in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth;
bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for languages, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
But when the perfect comes, the partial will come to an end.
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put aside childish things.
For now we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known.
Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Pursue love and desire spiritual gifts, and above all that you may prophesy.
For the person who speaks in [another] language is not speaking to men but to God, since no one understands him; however, he speaks mysteries in the Spirit.
But the person who prophesies speaks to people for edification, encouragement, and consolation.
The person who speaks in [another] language builds himself up, but he who prophesies builds up the church.
I wish all of you spoke in other languages, but even more that you prophesied. The person who prophesies is greater than the person who speaks in languages, unless he interprets so that the church may be built up.
But now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in [other] languages, how will I benefit you unless I speak to you with a revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching?
Even inanimate things producing sounds-- whether flute or harp-- if they don't make a distinction in the notes, how will what is played on the flute or harp be recognized?
In fact, if the trumpet makes an unclear sound, who will prepare for battle?
In the same way, unless you use your tongue for intelligible speech, how will what is spoken be known? For you will be speaking into the air.
There are doubtless many different kinds of languages in the world, and all have meaning.
Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker, and the speaker will be a foreigner to me.
So also you-- since you are zealous in matters of the spirit, seek to excel in building up the church.
Therefore the person who speaks in [another] language should pray that he can interpret.
For if I pray in [another] language, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.
What then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with my understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with my understanding.
Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how will the uninformed person say "Amen" at your giving of thanks, since he does not know what you are saying?
For you may very well be giving thanks, but the other person is not being built up.
I thank God that I speak in [other] languages more than all of you;
yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, in order to teach others also, than 10,000 words in [another] language.
Brothers, don't be childish in your thinking, but be infants in evil and adult in your thinking.
It is written in the law: By people of other languages and by the lips of foreigners, I will speak to this people; and even then, they will not listen to Me, says the Lord.
It follows that speaking in other languages is intended as a sign, not to believers but to unbelievers. But prophecy is not for unbelievers but for believers.
Therefore if the whole church assembles together, and all are speaking in [other] languages, and people who are uninformed or unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your minds?
But if all are prophesying, and some unbeliever or uninformed person comes in, he is convicted by all and is judged by all.
The secrets of his heart will be revealed, and as a result he will fall down on his face and worship God, proclaiming, "God is really among you."
How is it then, brothers? Whenever you come together, each one has a psalm, a teaching, a revelation, [another] language, or an interpretation. All things must be done for edification.
If any person speaks in [another] language, there should be only two, or at the most three, each in turn, and someone must interpret.
But if there is no interpreter, that person should keep silent in the church and speak to himself and to God.
Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should evaluate.
But if something has been revealed to another person sitting there, the first prophet should be silent.
For you can all prophesy one by one, so that everyone may learn and everyone may be encouraged.
And the prophets' spirits are under the control of the prophets,
since God is not a God of disorder but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints,
the women should be silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak, but should be submissive, as the law also says.
And if they want to learn something, they should ask their own husbands at home, for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church meeting.
Did the word of God originate from you, or did it come to you only?
If anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual, he should recognize that what I write to you is the Lord's command.
But if anyone ignores this, he will be ignored.
Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in [other] languages.
But everything must be done decently and in order.
Now brothers, I want to clarify for you the gospel I proclaimed to you; you received it and have taken your stand on it.
You are also saved by it, if you hold to the message I proclaimed to you-- unless you believed to no purpose.
For I passed on to you as most important what I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve.
Then He appeared to over 500 brothers at one time, most of whom remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.
Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles.
Last of all, as to one abnormally born, He also appeared to me.
For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
But by God's grace I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not ineffective. However, I worked more than any of them, yet not I, but God's grace that was with me.
Therefore, whether it is I or they, so we preach and so you have believed.
Now if Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how can some of you say, "There is no resurrection of the dead"?
But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised;
and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is without foundation, and so is your faith.
In addition, we are found to be false witnesses about God, because we have testified about God that He raised up Christ-- whom He did not raise up if in fact the dead are not raised.
For if the dead are not raised, Christ has not been raised.
And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.
Therefore those who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished.
If we have placed our hope in Christ for this life only, we should be pitied more than anyone.
But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man.
For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.
But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; afterward, at His coming, the people of Christ.
Then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He abolishes all rule and all authority and power.
For He must reign until He puts all His enemies under His feet.
The last enemy to be abolished is death.
For He has put everything under His feet. But when it says "everything" is put under Him, it is obvious that He who puts everything under Him is the exception.
And when everything is subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who subjected everything to Him, so that God may be all in all.
Otherwise what will they do who are being baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, then why are people baptized for them?
Why are we in danger every hour?
I affirm by the pride in you that I have in Christ Jesus our Lord: I die every day!
If I fought wild animals in Ephesus with only human hope, what good does that do me? If the dead are not raised, Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.
Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals."
Become right-minded and stop sinning, because some people are ignorant about God. I say this to your shame.
But someone will say, "How are the dead raised? What kind of body will they have when they come?"
Foolish one! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.
And as for what you sow-- you are not sowing the future body, but only a seed, perhaps of wheat or another grain.
But God gives it a body as He wants, and to each of the seeds its own body.
Not all flesh is the same flesh; there is one flesh for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish.
There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is different from that of the earthly ones.
There is a splendor of the sun, another of the moon, and another of the stars; for star differs from star in splendor.
So it is with the resurrection of the dead: Sown in corruption, raised in incorruption;
sown in dishonor, raised in glory; sown in weakness, raised in power;
sown a natural body, raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
So it is written: The first man Adam became a living being; the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.
However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual.
The first man was from the earth and made of dust; the second man is from heaven.
Like the man made of dust, so are those who are made of dust; like the heavenly man, so are those who are heavenly.
And just as we have borne the image of the man made of dust, we will also bear the image of the heavenly man.
Brothers, I tell you this: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, and corruption cannot inherit incorruption.
Listen! I am telling you a mystery: We will not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed,
in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed.
Because this corruptible must be clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal must be clothed with immortality.
Now when this corruptible is clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal is clothed with immortality, then the saying that is written will take place: Death has been swallowed up in victory.
O Death, where is your victory? O Death, where is your sting?
Now the sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!
Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord's work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Now about the collection for the saints: you should do the same as I instructed the Galatian churches.
On the first day of the week, each of you is to set something aside and save to the extent that he prospers, so that no collections will need to be made when I come.
And when I arrive, I will send those whom you recommend by letter to carry your gracious gift to Jerusalem.
If it is also suitable for me to go, they will travel with me.
I will come to you after I pass through Macedonia-- for I will be traveling through Macedonia--
and perhaps I will remain with you, or even spend the winter, that you may send me on my way wherever I go.
I don't want to see you now just in passing, for I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord allows.
But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost,
because a wide door for effective ministry has opened for me-- yet many oppose me.
If Timothy comes, see that he has nothing to fear from you, because he is doing the Lord's work, just as I am.
Therefore no one should look down on him; but you should send him on his way in peace so he can come to me, for I am expecting him with the brothers.
About our brother Apollos: I strongly urged him to come to you with the brothers, but he was not at all willing to come now. However, when he has time, he will come.
Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be brave and strong.
Your every [action] must be done with love.
Brothers, you know the household of Stephanas: they are the firstfruits of Achaia and have devoted themselves to serving the saints. I urge you
also to submit to such people, and to everyone who works and labors with them.
I am delighted over the presence of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus, because these men have made up for your absence.
For they have refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore recognize such people.
The churches of the Asian province greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you heartily in the Lord, along with the church that meets in their home.
All the brothers greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss.
This greeting is in my own hand-- Paul.
If anyone does not love the Lord, a curse be on him. Maranatha!
The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
My love be with all of you in Christ Jesus.