49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man,(A) so shall we[a] bear the image of the heavenly man.(B)

50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood(C) cannot inherit the kingdom of God,(D) nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.(E) 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery:(F) We will not all sleep,(G) but we will all be changed(H) 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound,(I) the dead(J) will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable(K) must clothe itself with the imperishable,(L) 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.”[b](M)

55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?”[c](N)

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

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

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  1. 1 Corinthians 15:49 Some early manuscripts so let us
  2. 1 Corinthians 15:54 Isaiah 25:8
  3. 1 Corinthians 15:55 Hosea 13:14

49 Just (A)as we have borne the image of the man of dust, (B)we shall[a] also bear the image of the man of heaven.

Mystery and Victory

50 I tell you this, brothers: (C)flesh and blood (D)cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. (E)We shall not all sleep, (F)but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For (G)the trumpet will sound, and (H)the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and (I)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:

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

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

58 (N)Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in (O)the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord (P)your labor is not in vain.

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  1. 1 Corinthians 15:49 Some manuscripts let us