1 Corinthians 13:8

New Testament

4 Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful. 6 It is not glad about injustice, but rejoices in the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends. But if there are prophecies, they will be set aside; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be set aside. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part, 10 but when what is perfect comes, the partial will be set aside.

Pirkei Avot 5:16


15 There are four types among those who sit before the sages: a sponge, a funnel, a strainer and a sieve.A sponge, soaks up everything; A funnel, takes in at one end and lets out at the other; A strainer, which lets out the wine and retains the lees; A sieve, which lets out the coarse meal and retains the choice flour. 16 All love that depends on a something, [when the] thing ceases, [the] love ceases; and [all love] that does not depend on anything, will never cease. What is an example of love that depended on a something? Such was the love of Amnon for Tamar. And what is an example of love that did not depend on anything? Such was the love of David and Jonathan.

 Notes and References

"... Love: Here in the Greco-Roman sense of agape. Compare with 1 Corinthians 13. When the thing is lost, the love is lost: If love is based upon some instrumental purpose, other than the well-being of the beloved, it will evaporate with the loss of the ulterior motive ..."

Cohen, Shaye J. D. The Oxford Annotated Mishnah: A New Translation of the Mishnah with Introductions and Notes (p. 747) Oxford University Press, 2022

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