55 "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"[1]

Other Translations of 1 Corinthians 15:55

King James Version

55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, grave: or, hell where is thy victory?

English Standard Version

55 "O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?"

The Message

55 Who got the last word, oh, Death? Oh, Death, who's afraid of you now?

New King James Version

55 "O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?"

New Living Translation

55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? "

Matthew Henry's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 15:55

Commentary on 1 Corinthians 15:51-58

(Read 1 Corinthians 15:51-58)

All the saints should not die, but all would be changed. In the gospel, many truths, before hidden in mystery, are made known. Death never shall appear in the regions to which our Lord will bear his risen saints. Therefore let us seek the full assurance of faith and hope, that in the midst of pain, and in the prospect of death, we may think calmly on the horrors of the tomb; assured that our bodies will there sleep, and in the mean time our souls will be present with the Redeemer. Sin gives death all its hurtful power. The sting of death is sin; but Christ, by dying, has taken out this sting; he has made atonement for sin, he has obtained remission of it. The strength of sin is the law. None can answer its demands, endure its curse, or do away his own transgressions. Hence terror and anguish. And hence death is terrible to the unbelieving and the impenitent. Death may seize a believer, but it cannot hold him in its power. How many springs of joy to the saints, and of thanksgiving to God, are opened by the death and resurrection, the sufferings and conquests of the Redeemer! In verse 58, we have an exhortation, that believers should be stedfast, firm in the faith of that gospel which the apostle preached, and they received. Also, to be unmovable in their hope and expectation of this great privilege, of being raised incorruptible and immortal. And to abound in the work of the Lord, always doing the Lord's service, and obeying the Lord's commands. May Christ give us faith, and increase our faith, that we may not only be safe, but joyful and triumphant.