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1st Corinthians 13

"Chapter of Love" (Versions)

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Biblical (cont)

Mark 10:6-9

Matthew 22:35-40

1st John 4:7-16

Colossians 3:12-17

 

Benedictions

A Listing of Familiar

Benedictions Given

in the Bible

 

 

Biblical Wedding Selections

 

Variations of the "Book of Love"

 

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If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

 

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

 

If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

 

Love is patient

love is kind

It does not envy

It does not boast

It is not proud

It is not rude

It is not self-seeking

It is not easily angered

It keeps no record of wrongs

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.

 

But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 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 put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

 

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

 

 


 

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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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

 


 

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        "The Greatest Gift"

 

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging 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, but have not love, I am nothing.

 

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

 

Love suffers long and is kind;

love does not envy;

love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;

does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;

does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;

bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

 

Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

 

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

 

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

 

 


 

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If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.

 

And if I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

 

And if I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profiteth me nothing.

 

Love suffereth long, and is kind;

love envieth not;

love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

doth not behave itself unseemly,

seeketh not its own,

is not provoked,

taketh not account of evil;

rejoiceth not in unrighteousness,

but rejoiceth with the truth;

beareth all things,

believeth all things,

hopeth all things,

endureth all things.

Love never faileth:

 

but whether there be prophecies, they shall be done away; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall be done away.

 

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part;

 

but when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away.

 

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child: now that I am become a man, I have put away childish things.

 

For now we see in a mirror, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know fully even as also I was fully known.

 

But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

 

 


 

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        "Love is the Greatest"

 

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didnít love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

 

If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of Godís secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didnít love others, I would be nothing.

 

If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didnít love others, I would have gained nothing.

 

Love is patient and kind.

Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.

It does not demand its own way.

It is not irritable,

and it keeps no record of being wronged.

It does not rejoice about injustice

but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.

Love never gives up,

never loses faith,

is always hopeful,

and endures through every circumstance.

 

Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! But when full understanding comes, these partial things will become useless.

 

When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

 

Three things will last foreverófaith, hope, and loveóand the greatest of these is love.

 

 


 

English Standard Version

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        "The Way of Love"

 

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

 

And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

 

If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

 

Love is patient and kind;

love does not envy or boast;

it is not arrogant or rude.

It does not insist on its own way;

it is not irritable or resentful;

it does not rejoice at wrongdoing,

but rejoices with the truth.

Love bears all things,

believes all things,

hopes all things,

endures all things.

Love never ends.

 

As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

 

For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.

 

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 gave up childish ways.

 

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

 

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

 

 


 

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        "The Way of Love"

 

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don't love, I'm nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

 

If I speak God's Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, "Jump," and it jumps, but I don't love, I'm nothing.

 

If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don't love, I've gotten nowhere.

 

So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I'm bankrupt without love.

 

Love never gives up.

Love cares more for others than for self.

Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.

Love doesn't strut,

Doesn't have a swelled head,

Doesn't force itself on others,

Isn't always "me first,"

Doesn't fly off the handle,

Doesn't keep score of the sins of others,

Doesn't revel when others grovel,

Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,

Puts up with anything,

Trusts God always,

Always looks for the best,

Never looks back,

But keeps going to the end.

Love never dies.

 

Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

 

When I was an infant at my mother's breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.

 

We don't yet see things clearly. We're squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won't be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We'll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

 

But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation:

 

Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly.

 

And the best of the three is love.

 

 


 

Contemporary English Version

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        "Love"

 

What if I could speak all languages of humans and of angels? If I did not love others, I would be nothing more than a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

 

What if I could prophesy and understand all secrets and all knowledge? And what if I had faith that moved mountains? I would be nothing, unless I loved others.

 

What if I gave away all that I owned and let myself be burned alive? I would gain nothing, unless I loved others.

 

Love is kind and patient,

never jealous, boastful, proud, or rude.

Love isn't selfish or quick tempered.

It doesn't keep a record of wrongs that others do.

Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil.

Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting.

Love never fails!

 

Everyone who prophesies will stop, and unknown languages will no longer be spoken.

 

All that we know will be forgotten.

 

We don't know everything, and our prophecies are not complete.

 

But what is perfect will someday appear, and what isn't perfect will then disappear.

 

When we were children, we thought and reasoned as children do. But when we grew up, we quit our childish ways.

 

Now all we can see of God is like a cloudy picture in a mirror. Later we will see him face to face.

 

We don't know everything, but then we will, just as God completely understands us.

 

For now there are faith, Hope, and love,

 

But of these three, the greatest is love

 

 


 

21st Century King James Version

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Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but 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, but 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, but 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.

 

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

 

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

 

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.

 

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three;

 

but the greatest of these is charity.

 

 


 

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        "Love - The Greatest Of All"

 

I may be able to speak the languages of men and even of angels, but if I do not have love, it will sound like noisy brass.

 

If I have the gift of speaking God's Word and if I understand all secrets, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I know all things and if I have the gift of faith so I can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

 

If I give everything I have to feed poor people and if I give my body to be burned, but do not have love, it will not help me.

 

Love does not give up.

Love is kind.

Love is not jealous.

Love does not put itself up as being important.

Love has no pride.

Love does not do the wrong thing.

Love never thinks of itself.

Love does not get angry.

Love does not remember the suffering that comes from being hurt by someone.

Love is not happy with sin.

Love is happy with the truth.

Love takes everything that comes without giving up.

Love believes all things.

Love hopes for all things.

Love keeps on in all things.

Love never comes to an end.

 

The gift of speaking God's Word will come to an end. The gift of speaking in special sounds will be stopped. The gift of understanding will come to an end. 9 For we only know a part now, and we speak only a part.

 

When everything is perfect, then we will not need these gifts that are not perfect.

 

When I was a child, I spoke like a child. I thought like a child. I understood like a child. Now I am a man. I do not act like a child anymore.

 

Now that which we see is as if we were looking in a broken mirror. But then we will see everything. Now I know only a part. But then I will know everything in a perfect way. That is how God knows me right now.

 

And now we have these three: faith and hope and love,

 

but the greatest of these is love.

 

 


 

Biblical Readings (continued)

 

 

        The Gospel According to Mark Chapter 10: 6-9

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But from the beginning of creation, ĎGod made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother [and be joined to his wife], and the two shall become one flesh.í So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate."

 

 

        The Gospel According to Matthew Chapter 22: 35-40

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To disconcert him, one of them put a question, "Master, which is the greatest commandment of the law?" Jesus said, "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets also."

 

 

        The First Letter of John Chapter 4: 7-16

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Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us.

 

This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us, that he has given us of his Spirit. Moreover, we have seen and testify that the Father sent his Son as savior of the world. Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him and he in God. We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us.

 

God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.

 

 

        The Letter to the Colossians Chapter 3: 12-17

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Put on then, as Godís chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection. And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

 

 


 

List of Familiar Biblical Benedictions

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A benediction is a short, concise statement given in the Bible in the form of an assurance, a promise or principle. The word benediction means to say good, to voice good thoughts, to pronounce, to proclaim. A Benediction is a blessing.

 

 

 

 

        Psalms 121:7,8

 

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

 

 

        Romans 15:13

 

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

 

 

        Romans 15:5,6

 

Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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        Psalms 29:11

 

The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.

 

 

        I Thessalonians 3:11-13

 

Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you. And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you; to the end he may stablish your heart unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.

 

 

        Philippians 4:7

 

May the Peace which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus, our Lord, Amen.

 

 

        Philippians 4:19,20

 

God shall supply all you need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

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        Philippians 4.23

 

The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

 

 

        II Peter 1:2,3

 

Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.

 

 

        Psalms 89:52

 

Blessed be the Lord for evermore. Amen and Amen.

 

 

        Jude 1:24,25

 

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

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        Hebrews 13:20,21

 

Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

        I Thessalonians 5:23

 

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

        II Thessalonians 2:16,17

 

Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

 

 

        Ephesians 6:24

 

Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

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        II Corinthians 13:14

 

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.

 

 

        II Corinthians 9:8

 

God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.

 

 

        Numbers 6:24-26

 

The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

 

 

        Romans 12:2

 

Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

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        II Corinthians 13:11

 

Finally, brethren, Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

 

 

        Jude 1:20,21

 

Beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

 

 

        Psalms 4:6

 

Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

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