1 Corinthians 15:29-58 World English Bible

29  Or else what will they do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead aren’t raised at all, why then are they baptized for the dead? 30  Why do we also stand in jeopardy every hour? 31  I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 32  If I fought with animals at Ephesus for human purposes, what does it profit me? If the dead are not raised, then “let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” [1] 33  Don’t be deceived! “Evil companionships corrupt good morals.” 34  Wake up righteously, and don’t sin, for some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.

35  But someone will say, “How are the dead raised?” and, “With what kind of body do they come?” 36  You foolish one, that which you yourself sow is not made alive unless it dies. 37  That which you sow, you don’t sow the body that will be, but a bare grain, maybe of wheat, or of some other kind. 38  But God gives it a body even as it pleased him, and to each seed a body of its own. 39  All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds. 40  There are also celestial bodies, and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial differs from that of the terrestrial. 41  There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory. 42  So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption. 43  It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. 44  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body and there is also a spiritual body. 45  So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul.” [2] The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46  However that which is spiritual isn’t first, but that which is natural, then that which is spiritual. 47  The first man is of the earth, made of dust. The second man is the Lord from heaven. 48  As is the one made of dust, such are those who are also made of dust; and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49  As we have borne the image of those made of dust, let’s [3] also bear the image of the heavenly. 50  Now I say this, brothers, [4] that flesh and blood can’t inherit the Kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption.

51  Behold, I tell you a mystery. We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52  in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed. 53  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54  But when this corruptible will have put on incorruption, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then what is written will happen:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.” [5] 55  “Death, where is your sting?
Hades [6], where is your victory?” [7] 56  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58  Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.


[1] 15:32 Isaiah 22:13

[2] 15:45 Genesis 2:7

[3] 15:49 NU, TR read “we will” instead of “let’s”

[4] 15:50 The word for “brothers” here and where context allows may also be correctly translated “brothers and sisters” or “siblings.”

[5] 15:54 Isaiah 25:8

[6] 15:55 or, Hell

[7] 15:55 Hosea 13:14

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