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1 Corinthians 15 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

The Victory of the Resurrection

15 Now I make known to you, brothers and sisters, the Good News which I proclaimed to you. You also received it, and you took your stand on it, and by it you are being saved if you hold firm to the word I proclaimed to you—unless you believed without proper consideration. For I also passed on to you first of all what I also received—

that Messiah died for our sins
    according to the Scriptures,[a]
that He was buried,
that He was raised on the third day
    according to the Scriptures,
and that He appeared to Kefa,
    then to the Twelve.
Then He appeared to over five hundred
    brothers and sisters at one time—
most of them are still alive,
    though some have died.[b]
Then He appeared to Jacob,
    then to all the emissaries,
and last of all, as to one untimely born,
    He also appeared to me.

For I am the least of the emissaries, unworthy to be called an emissary because I persecuted God’s community. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am. His grace toward me was not in vain. No, I worked harder than them all—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11 Whether then it is I or they, so we proclaim, and so you believed.

12 Now if Messiah is proclaimed—that He has been raised from the dead—how can some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Messiah has been raised! 14 And if Messiah has not been raised, then our proclaiming is meaningless and your faith also is meaningless. 15 Moreover, we are found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified about God that He raised up Messiah—whom He did not raise up, if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Messiah has been raised. 17 And if Messiah has not been raised, your faith is futile—you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Messiah have perished. 19 If we have hoped in Messiah in this life alone, we are to be pitied more than all people.

20 But now Messiah has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also has come through a Man. [c] 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Messiah will all be made alive.

23 But each in its own order: Messiah the firstfruits; then, at His coming, those who belong to Messiah; 24 then the end, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father after He has destroyed all rule and all authority and power. [d] 25 For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. [e] 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For God has “put all things in subjection underneath His feet.”[f] But when the psalmist says that “all” has been put in subjection, it is clear that this does not include God Himself, who put all things under Messiah. 28 Now when all things become subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also become subject to the One who put all things under Him, so that God may be all in all.

29 Otherwise, what will they do who are immersed for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, then why are they immersed for them? 30 And why are we in danger every hour? 31 I die every day—yes, as surely as the boast in you, brothers and sisters, which I have in Messiah Yeshua our Lord. 32 If, for human reasons, I fought with “wild animals” at Ephesus, what good is that to me? If the dead are not raised, “let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!” [g] 33 Do not be deceived!

“Bad company corrupts good morals.”

34 Come to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning! For some have no knowledge of God—I say this to your shame.

35 But someone will say, “How are the dead raised?”[h] and, “With what kind of body do they come?” 36 Fool! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 As for what you sow—you are not sowing the body that will be, but a bare seed, maybe of wheat or something else. 38 But God gives it a body just as He planned, and to each of the seeds a body of its own. 39 All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of humans, another flesh of animals, another of birds, and another of fish. 40 There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one thing while the earthly is another. 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:
Sown in corruption, raised in incorruption!
43 Sown in dishonor, raised in glory!
Sown in weakness, raised in power!
44 Sown a natural body, raised a spiritual body!

If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul.”[i] The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. 47 The first man is of the earth, made of dust; the second man is from heaven.

48 Like the one made of dust,
    so also are those made of dust[j];
and like the heavenly,
    so also are those who are heavenly.
49 And just as we have borne the image of the one made from dust,
    so also shall we bear[k] the image of the One from heaven.

50 Now I say this, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, and what decays cannot inherit what does not decay. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery:

We shall not all sleep,
but we shall all be changed—
52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye,
at the last shofar.[l]
For the shofar will sound,
and the dead will be raised incorruptible,
and we will be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruptibility,
and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 But when this corruptible will have put on incorruptibility
and this mortal will have put on immortality,
then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.”[m]
55 “Where, O Death, is your victory?
Where, O Death, is your sting?”[n]

56 Now the sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the Torah. 57 But thanks be to God, who keeps giving us the victory through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah! 58 Therefore, my dearly loved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord—because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Corinthians 15:3 cf. Isa. 53:8-10; Ps. 16:10-11; 22:15-16; Hos. 6:2; Dan. 9:24.
  2. 1 Corinthians 15:6 Lit. most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep.
  3. 1 Corinthians 15:22 cf. Rom. 5:12, 21.
  4. 1 Corinthians 15:25 cf. Dan. 2:44; 7:14, 27.
  5. 1 Corinthians 15:26 cf. Ps. 110:1.
  6. 1 Corinthians 15:27 Ps. 8:6b(LXX); cf. Ps. 8:7b(6b); cf. Heb. 2:6-10.
  7. 1 Corinthians 15:33 cf. Isa. 22:13; 56:12.
  8. 1 Corinthians 15:35 cf. Ezek. 37:3.
  9. 1 Corinthians 15:45 cf. Gen. 2:7.
  10. 1 Corinthians 15:48 cf. Gen. 3:19.
  11. 1 Corinthians 15:49 Many mss. say let us bear.
  12. 1 Corinthians 15:52 Grk. salpigx (trumpet), Heb. shofar (ram’s horn); cf. Exod. 19:16(19:16LXX); Isa. 27:13.
  13. 1 Corinthians 15:54 Isa. 25:8.
  14. 1 Corinthians 15:55 cf. Hos. 13:14 (LXX); some mss. say O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?
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1 Corinthians 15 New International Version (NIV)

The Resurrection of Christ

15 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas,[b] and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11 Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.

The Resurrection of the Dead

12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For he “has put everything under his feet.”[c] Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.

29 Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them? 30 And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour? 31 I face death every day—yes, just as surely as I boast about you in Christ Jesus our Lord. 32 If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus with no more than human hopes, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised,

“Let us eat and drink,
    for tomorrow we die.”[d]

33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”[e] 34 Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.

The Resurrection Body

35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” 36 How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. 39 Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. 40 There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. 41 The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.

42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 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.

If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”[f]; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we[g] bear the image of the heavenly man.

50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”[h]

55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?”[i]

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Corinthians 15:3 Or you at the first
  2. 1 Corinthians 15:5 That is, Peter
  3. 1 Corinthians 15:27 Psalm 8:6
  4. 1 Corinthians 15:32 Isaiah 22:13
  5. 1 Corinthians 15:33 From the Greek poet Menander
  6. 1 Corinthians 15:45 Gen. 2:7
  7. 1 Corinthians 15:49 Some early manuscripts so let us
  8. 1 Corinthians 15:54 Isaiah 25:8
  9. 1 Corinthians 15:55 Hosea 13:14
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