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Build Your Bisaya Vocabulary: Gugma (1 Cor 13)

An MTB Sinugboanong Binisaya (Cebuano) lesson and vocabulary quiz on gugma (love) based on the Bible passage in 1 Corinthians 13.


  • Introduction
  • Sinugboanong Binisaya (Cebuano) Vocabulary: Bahin sa Gugma (All About Love)
  • 1 Corinto 13:1-2,4-7 – Bisaya version
  • 1 Corinto 13:1-2,4-7 – English version
  • Vocabulary Quiz

The verses in 1 Corinthians 13 about love is one of the most well-known and most beautiful Bible passages. As a lector, it was one of my favorite readings to do in church, and I found the Bisaya version just as lovely as the English.

From a Sinugboanong Binisaya learning perspective, this passage is also the perfect way to:

  1. get introduced to mga pungway (adjectives) because of the many words it uses to describe what love is and isn’t, and
  2. practice reading Bisaya, because of its gentle cadence.

Sinugboanong Binisaya (Cebuano) Vocabulary: Bahin sa Gugma (All About Love)

Gugma: Bisaya Version

This excerpt of 1 Corinthians 13 is taken from the Maayong Balita Biblia (Good News Bible) Cebuano Popular Version.

Mahimo nga makasulti ako sa nagkalainlaing pinulongan sa mga tawo ug bisan sa mga anghel, apan kon wala akoy gugma, sama ra ako sa masaba nga agong o sa piyangpiyang nga nagtagingting. Bisag may hiyas ako sa pagwali nga dinasig, ug makabaton sa tanang kahibalo ug makasabot sa tanang tinago; bisag may pagtuo ako nga makapabalhin sa mga bukid — apan kon wala akoy gugma, wala akoy kapuslanan.

Ang gugma mapailubon ug maluluy-on; ang gugma dili masinahon ni tigpasikat o garboso; ang gugma dili bastos o hakog, o suk-anon; ang gugma dili madinumtanon; ang gugma dili malipay sa daotan, kondili sa kamatuoran. Ang gugma mapailubon, matinuohon, malaumon ug molahutay gayod.

1 Corinto 13:1-2,4-7

Love: English Version

This English excerpt of 1 Corinthians 13 is from the New American Bible, which can be found in its entirety in the Vatican website.

If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. 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.

Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, (love) is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

1 Corinthians 13:1-2,4-7

Sinugboanong Binisaya (Cebuano) Vocabulary Quiz: Gugma

Bisaya Vocabulary: LOVE (1 Cor 13)

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