45 Thus it is written, (A)“The first man Adam became a living being”;[a] (B)the last Adam became a (C)life-giving spirit. 46 But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47 (D)The first man was from the earth, (E)a man of dust; (F)the second man is from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, (G)so also are those who are of heaven. 49 Just (H)as we have borne the image of the man of dust, (I)we shall[b] also bear the image of the man of heaven.

Mystery and Victory

50 I tell you this, brothers: (J)flesh and blood (K)cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. (L)We shall not all sleep, (M)but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For (N)the trumpet will sound, and (O)the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and (P)this mortal body must put on immortality. 54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

(Q)“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
55 (R)“O death, where is your victory?
    O death, where is your sting?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and (S)the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, (T)who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 15:45 Greek a living soul
  2. 1 Corinthians 15:49 Some manuscripts let us

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