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What are the origins of the "love is patient, love is kind" quote?

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"Love is patient, love is kind" is a quote from the Bible. More specifically, it is the first part of verse 4 in chapter 13 of Corinthians in the New International Version of the Holy Bible.

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The full verse reads, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud." The 13th chapter of the First Epistle to the Corinthians is part of the New Testament and was originally written by Paul of Tarsus and Sosthenes in Ephesus. Verses 4 through 8 of the chapter help to define love for the reader and provide guidance to Christians on how they should love others.

Although the word "love" is used throughout the chapter in most translations of the text, the King James version of the bible uses the word "charity" instead. This was a direct translation of the word "agape," which was used in the Greek texts from which the chapter was derived.

Corinthians 13: 4-8 is often recited at Christian celebrations such as weddings. It has also inspired numerous literary and artistic works and was even read by the Prime Minister of Great Britain, Tony Blair, at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997.

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