15 Moreover, brethren, I make known unto you The joyful message—Which I myself announced to you, Which also ye received, In which also ye stand;
2 Through which also ye are being saved,—If ye hold fast With what discourse I announced the joyful message unto you;—Unless indeed in vain ye believed.
3 For I delivered unto you among the first things What also I received:—How that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
4 And that he was buried, And that he hath been raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures,—
5 And that he appeared unto Cephas Then to the twelve,
6 After that he appeared to above five hundred brethren at once,—Of whom the greater number remain until even now, But some have fallen asleep,—
7 After that he appeared unto James, Then unto all the apostles,
8 And last of all Just as if unto the unseasonable birth He appeared even unto me;
9 For I am the least of the apostles Who am not worthy to be called an apostle, Because I persecuted the assembly of God.
10 But by favour of God I am what I am, And his favour which was unto me hath not been made void,—But much more abundantly than they all have I toiled, Albeit not I but the favour of God with me.
11 Whether therefore I or they Thus do we proclaim, And thus did ye believe.
12 Now if Christ is proclaimed That from among the dead he hath been raised How say some among you—Resurrection of the dead there is none?
13 But if resurrection of the dead there is none Not even Christ hath been raised;
14 And if Christ hath not been raised Void after all is our proclamation, Void also our faith,—
15 And we are found even false-witnesses of God, Because we have witnessed respecting God That he raised the Christ,—Whom he did not raise, If indeed after all The dead are not raised!
16 For if the dead are not raised Not even Christ hath been raised;
17 And if Christ hath not been raised To no purpose is your faith Yet are ye in your sins!
18 Hence also they who are fallen asleep in Christ are lost:
19 If in this life in Christ we have hoped—and that is all We are of all men most to be pitied.
20 But now hath Christ been raised from among the dead,—A firstfruit of them who have fallen asleep;
21 For since indeed through a man came death Through a man also cometh the raising of the dead;
22 For just as in the Adam all die So also in the Christ shall all be made alive.
23 But each in his own rank:—A firstfruit Christ, After that they who are the Christ’s in his Presence,—
24 Afterwards the end—Whensoever he delivereth up the kingdom unto his God and Father, Whensoever he shall bring to nought all rule and all authority and power;
25 For he must needs reign until he shall put all his enemies under his feet:
26 As a last enemy death is to be destroyed;
27 For—He put all things in subjection under his feet. But whensoever it shall be said—All things are in subjection!—It is evident that it means,—Except him who did put into subjection unto him the All things—
28 But whensoever have been put into subjection unto him the All things Then the Son himself [also] shall be put in subjection unto him who put in subjection unto him the All things,—That God may be all things in all.
29 Else what will they do who are being immersed in behalf of the dead? If not at all are the dead to be raised Why are they even being immersed in their behalf?
30 Why also are we running into peril every hour?
31 Day by day am I dying!—Yea! by your own boasting, brethren, Which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord.
32 If after the manner of men I have fought with wild-beasts at Ephesus What to me the profit? If the dead are not raised Let us eat and drink, For to-morrow we die.
33 Be not deceiving yourselves,—Evil communications corrupt gentle manners:—
34 Wake up to sobriety in righteousness, And be not committing sin; For some have an ignorance of God: For shame unto you am I speaking!
35 But some one will say—How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?
36 Simple one! What thou sowest is not quickened except it die;
37 And what thou sowest Not the body that shall come into existence dost thou sow, But a naked kernel—If it so happen of wheat, or of any of the rest,—
38 Howbeit God giveth it a body as he pleased, And unto each of the seeds a body of its own.
39 Not all flesh is the same flesh; But one indeed is [the flesh] of men And another the flesh of beasts And another the flesh of birds And another of fishes;
40 And there are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies,—But of one kind indeed is the glory of the heavenly, And of another kind is the glory of the earthly;—
41 One is the glory of a sun And another the glory of a moon And another the glory of stars,—Nay! star from star differeth in glory.
42 Thus also the resurrection of the dead: It is sown in corruption, It is raised in incorruption,
43 It is sown in dishonour It is raised in glory, It is sown in weakness It is raised in power,
44 It is sown a body of the soul It is raised a body of the spirit;—If there is a body of the soul There is also of the spirit:—
45 Thus also it is written—The first man Adam became a living soul, The last Adam a life-giving spirit.
46 Howbeit not first is the [body] of the spirit, But that of the soul,—Afterwards that of the spirit.
47 The first man is of the ground earthy,—The second man is of heaven:
48 As the man of earth such also the men of earth, And as the man of heaven such also the men of heaven;
49 And even as we have borne the image of the man of earth Let us also bear the image of the man of heaven.
50 And this I say, brethren,—That flesh and blood cannot inherit God’s kingdom. Neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Lo! a sacred secret unto you do I declare:—We shall not all sleep, But we shall all be changed,—
52 In a moment, In the twinkling of an eye, During the last trumpet; For it shall sound, And the dead shall be raised incorruptible, And we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must needs clothe itself with incorruptibility, And this mortal clothe itself with immortality.
54 But whensoever this mortal shall clothe itself with immortality Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written—Death hath been swallowed up victoriously;
55 Where, O death, is thy victory? Where, O death, is thy sting?
56 Now the sting of death is sin, And the power of sin is the law;—
57 But unto God be thanks who is giving unto us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 So then, my beloved brethren,—Become ye steadfast, immovable, Superabounding in the work of the Lord at all times; Knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.