35 But (A)someone will say, “How are (B)the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?” 36 (C)You fool! That which you (D)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 [a]something else. 38 But God gives it a body just as He wished, and (E)to each of the seeds a body of its own. 39 All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of mankind, another flesh of animals, 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, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.

42 (F)So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown [b](G)a perishable body, it is raised [c](H)an imperishable body; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in (I)glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a (J)natural body, it is raised a (K)spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So also it is written: “The first (L)man, Adam, became a living [d]person.” The (M)last Adam was a (N)life-giving spirit. 46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. 47 The first man is (O)from the earth, [e](P)earthy; the second man is from heaven. 48 As is the earthy one, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly one, (Q)so also are those who are heavenly. 49 Just as we have (R)borne the image of the earthy, [f]we (S)will also bear the image of the heavenly.

The Mystery of Resurrection

50 Now I say this, brothers and sisters, that (T)flesh and blood cannot (U)inherit the kingdom of God; nor does [g]the perishable inherit [h](V)the imperishable. 51 Behold, I am telling you a [i](W)mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be (X)changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for (Y)the trumpet will sound, and (Z)the dead will be raised [j]imperishable, and (AA)we will be changed. 53 For this [k]perishable must put on [l](AB)the imperishable, and this (AC)mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this [m]perishable puts on [n]the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written: “(AD)Death has been swallowed up in victory. 55 (AE)Where, O Death, is your victory? Where, O Death, is your sting?” 56 The sting of (AF)death is sin, and (AG)the power of sin is the Law; 57 but (AH)thanks be to God, who gives us the (AI)victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 (AJ)Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be firm, immovable, always excelling in (AK)the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 15:37 Lit some of the rest
  2. 1 Corinthians 15:42 Lit in corruption
  3. 1 Corinthians 15:42 Lit in incorruption
  4. 1 Corinthians 15:45 Or soul
  5. 1 Corinthians 15:47 Or made of dust, and so throughout the ch
  6. 1 Corinthians 15:49 Two early mss let’s also
  7. 1 Corinthians 15:50 Lit corruption
  8. 1 Corinthians 15:50 Lit incorruption
  9. 1 Corinthians 15:51 Or secret
  10. 1 Corinthians 15:52 Lit incorruptible
  11. 1 Corinthians 15:53 Lit corruptible
  12. 1 Corinthians 15:53 Lit incorruption
  13. 1 Corinthians 15:54 Lit corruptible
  14. 1 Corinthians 15:54 Lit incorruption