Listen, I tell you a mystery:1 We will not all sleep,2 but we will all be changed3--
in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound,4 the dead5 will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
For the perishable6 must clothe itself with the imperishable,7 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."a855
"Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"b956
The sting of death is sin,10 and the power of sin is the law.1157
But thanks be to God!12 He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.1358
Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord,14 because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.15