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The First Letter to the Corinthians: Chapter 13

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1 y 8, 1; 16, 14; Rom 12, 9–10; 13, 8–10 . *If I speak in human and angelic tongues, but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. 2 z 4, 1; 14, 2 / 1, 5; 8, 1–3; 12, 8 / Mt 17, 20; 21, 21; Col 2, 3 . And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 a Mt 6, 2 . If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 b Eph 4, 2 / 4, 6.18; 5, 2; 8, 1 . *Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated, 5 c 10, 24.33; Phil 2, 4.21; 1 Thes 5, 15 . it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick‐tempered, it does not brood over injury, 6it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. 7 d Prv 10, 12; 1 Pt 4, 8 . It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8 *Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing. 9For we know partially and we prophesy partially, 10but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things. 12 e 2 Cor 5, 7; Heb 11, 1 / 2 Tm 2, 19; 1 Jn 3, 2 . At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known. 13 f Col 1, 4; 1 Thes 1, 3; 5, 8 . * So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

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y: 8, 1; 16, 14; Rom 12, 9–10; 13, 8–10 .

z: 4, 1; 14, 2 / 1, 5; 8, 1–3; 12, 8 / Mt 17, 20; 21, 21; Col 2, 3 .

a: Mt 6, 2 .

b: Eph 4, 2 / 4, 6.18; 5, 2; 8, 1 .

c: 10, 24.33; Phil 2, 4.21; 1 Thes 5, 15 .

d: Prv 10, 12; 1 Pt 4, 8 .

e: 2 Cor 5, 7; Heb 11, 1 / 2 Tm 2, 19; 1 Jn 3, 2 .

f: Col 1, 4; 1 Thes 1, 3; 5, 8 .

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13, 1–13 :

This chapter involves a shift of perspective and a new point. All or part of the material may once have been an independent piece in the style of Hellenistic eulogies of virtues, but it is now integrated, by editing, into the context of chs 12–14 (cf the reference to tongues and prophecy) and into the letter as a whole (cf the references to knowledge and to behavior). The function of ch 13 within the discussion of spiritual gifts is to relativize all the charisms by contrasting them with the more basic, pervasive, and enduring value that gives them their purpose and their effectiveness. The rhetoric of this chapter is striking.

13, 1–3 :

An inventory of gifts, arranged in careful gradation: neither tongues (on the lowest rung), nor prophecy, knowledge, or faith, nor even self‐sacrifice has value unless informed by love.

13, 4–7 :

This paragraph is developed by personification and enumeration, defining love by what it does or does not do. The Greek contains fifteen verbs; it is natural to translate many of them by adjectives in English.

13, 8–13 :

The final paragraph announces its topic, Love never fails ( 8 ), then develops the permanence of love in contrast to the charisms ( 9–12 ), and finally asserts love's superiority even over the other “theological virtues” ( 13 ).

13, 13 :

In speaking of love, Paul is led by spontaneous association to mention faith and hope as well. They are already a well‐known triad (cf 1 Thes 1, 3 ), three interrelated (cf 7 ) features of Christian life, more fundamental than any particular charism. The greatest … is love: love is operative even within the other members of the triad ( 7 ), so that it has a certain primacy among them. Or, if the perspective is temporal, love will remain (cf “never fails,” 8 ) even when faith has yielded to sight and hope to possession.

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