But someone may ask,1 "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?"236
How foolish!3 What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.437
When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else.
But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body.539
All flesh is not the same: Men have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another.
There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another.
The sun has one kind of splendor,6 the moon another and the stars another;7 and star differs from star in splendor.
So will it be8 with the resurrection of the dead.9 The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable;1043
it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory;11 it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;
it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.12 If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"a;13 the last Adam,14 a life-giving spirit.1546
The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual.1647
The first man was of the dust of the earth,17 the second man from heaven.1848
As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven.1949
And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man,20 so shall web bear the likeness of the man from heaven.2150
I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood22 cannot inherit the kingdom of God,23 nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.2451
Listen, I tell you a mystery:25 We will not all sleep,26 but we will all be changed27--
in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound,28 the dead29 will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
For the perishable30 must clothe itself with the imperishable,31 and the mortal with immortality.
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."c3255
"Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"d3356
The sting of death is sin,34 and the power of sin is the law.3557
But thanks be to God!36 He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.3758
Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord,38 because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.39