1 Corinthians 15:19-32 (New International Version)

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19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.1 20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead,2 the firstfruits3 of those who have fallen asleep.4 21 For since death came through a man,5 the resurrection of the dead6 comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.7 23 But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits;8 then, when he comes,9 those who belong to him.10 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom11 to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.12 25 For he must reign13 until he has put all his enemies under his feet.14 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.15 27 For he "has put everything under his feet."a16 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.17 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him,18 so that God may be all in all.19 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?20 31 I die every day21--I mean that, brothers--just as surely as I glory over you in Christ Jesus our Lord. 32 If I fought wild beasts22 in Ephesus23 for merely human reasons, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised, "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die."b24
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