1 Corinthians 15

The Fact of Christ’s Resurrection

Now a I make known to you, brethren, the b gospel which I preached to you, which also you received c in which also you stand, by which also you are saved d if you hold fast
Lit to what word I
the word which I preached to you, f unless you believed in vain.

For g I delivered to you
Lit among the first
as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died i for our sins j according to the Scriptures,
and that He was buried, and that He was k raised on the third day l according to the Scriptures, and that m He appeared to n Cephas, then o to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some p have fallen asleep; then He appeared to
Or Jacob
r James, then to s all the apostles;
and last of all, as
Lit to an untimely birth
to one untimely born u He appeared to me also.
For I am v the least of the apostles
Lit who am
and not fit to be called an apostle, because I x persecuted the church of God.
10 But by y the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I z labored even more than all of them, yet aa not I, but the grace of God with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

12 Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there ab is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; 14 and ac if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. 15 Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified
Or concerning
against God that He ae raised
I.e. the Messiah
Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised.
16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; 17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; ag you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who ah have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are ai of all men most to be pitied.

The Order of Resurrection

20 But now Christ aj has been raised from the dead, the ak first fruits of those who al are asleep. 21 For since am by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For an as in Adam all die, so also in
I.e. the Messiah
Christ all will be made alive.
23 But each in his own order: Christ ap the first fruits, after that aq those who are Christ’s at ar His coming, 24 then comes the end, when He hands over as the kingdom to the at God and Father, when He has abolished au all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign av until He has put all His enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be aw abolished is death. 27 For ax  He has put all things in subjection under His feet. But when He says, ay All things are put in subjection,” it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. 28 When az all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that ba God may be all in all.

29 Otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized for them? 30 Why are we also bb in danger every hour? 31 I affirm, brethren, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord bc I die daily. 32 If
Lit according to man
from human motives I be fought with wild beasts at bf Ephesus, what does it profit me? If the dead are not raised bg  let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.
33  bh Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” 34  bi Become sober-minded
Lit righteously
as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have bk no knowledge of God. bl I speak this to your shame.

35 But bm someone will say, “How are bn the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?” 36  bo You fool! That which you bp sow does not come to life unless it dies; 37 and that which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of
Lit some of the rest
something else.
38 But God gives it a body just as He wished, and br to each of the seeds a body of its own. 39 All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fish. 40 There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.

42  bs So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown
Lit in corruption
bu a perishable body, it is raised
Lit in incorruption
bw an imperishable body;
43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in bx glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a by natural body, it is raised a bz spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So also it is written, “The first ca  man, Adam, became a living soul.” The cb last Adam became a cc life-giving spirit. 46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. 47 The first man is cd from the earth
Lit made of dust
cf earthy; the second man is from heaven.
48 As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly cg so also are those who are heavenly. 49 Just as we have ch borne the image of the earthy
Two early mss read let us also
we cj will also bear the image of the heavenly.

The Mystery of Resurrection

50 Now I say this, brethren, that ck flesh and blood cannot cl inherit the kingdom of God; nor does
Lit corruption
the perishable inherit
Lit incorruption
co the imperishable.
51 Behold, I tell you a cp mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be cq changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for cr the trumpet will sound, and cs the dead will be raised
Lit incorruptible
imperishable, and cu we will be changed.
53 For this
Lit corruptible
perishable must put on
Lit incorruption
cx the imperishable, and this cy mortal must put on immortality.
54 But when this
V 53, note 1
perishable will have put on
V 53, note 2
the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written db Death is swallowed up in victory.
55  dc “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 56 The sting of dd death is sin, and de the power of sin is the law; 57 but df thanks be to God, who gives us the dg victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58  dh Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in di the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.
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