1 Corinthians 15

The Fact of Christ’s Resurrection

1Now 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, 2by 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.

3For 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,
4and that He was buried, and that He was k  raised on the third day l  according to the Scriptures, 5and that m  He appeared to n  Cephas, then o  to the twelve. 6After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some p  have fallen asleep; 7then He appeared to
Or Jacob
r  James, then to s  all the apostles;
8and last of all, as
Lit to an untimely birth
to one untimely born u  He appeared to me also.
9For 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.
10But 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. 11Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

12Now 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? 13But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; 14and ac  if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. 15Moreover 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.
16For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; 17and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; ag  you are still in your sins. 18Then those also who ah  have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are ai  of all men most to be pitied.

The Order of Resurrection

20But now Christ aj  has been raised from the dead, the ak  first fruits of those who al  are asleep. 21For since am  by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22For an  as in Adam all die, so also in
I.e. the Messiah
Christ all will be made alive.
23But each in his own order: Christ ap  the first fruits, after that aq  those who are Christ’s at ar  His coming, 24then 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. 25For He must reign av  until He has put all His enemies under His feet. 26The last enemy that will be aw  abolished is death. 27For 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. 28When 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.

29Otherwise, 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? 30Why are we also bb  in danger every hour? 31I affirm, brethren, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord bc  I die daily. 32If
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.

35But 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; 37and 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.
38But God gives it a body just as He wished, and br  to each of the seeds a body of its own. 39All 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. 40There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another. 41There 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;
43it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in bx  glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44it 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. 45So also it is written, “The first ca  man, Adam, became a living soul.” The cb  last Adam became a cc  life-giving spirit. 46However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. 47The first man is cd  from the earth
Lit made of dust
cf  earthy; the second man is from heaven.
48As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly cg  so also are those who are heavenly. 49Just 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

50Now 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.
51Behold, I tell you a cp  mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be cq  changed, 52in 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.
53For this
Lit corruptible
perishable must put on
Lit incorruption
cx  the imperishable, and this cy  mortal must put on immortality.
54But 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?” 56The sting of dd  death is sin, and de  the power of sin is the law; 57but 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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