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1 Corinthians 15:35-57 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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35 But someone may ask, "How will the dead be raised? What kind of bodies will they have?" 35 But someone may ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?"
36 What a foolish question! When you put a seed into the ground, it doesn't grow into a plant unless it dies first. 36 How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.
37 And what you put in the ground is not the plant that will grow, but only a dry little seed of wheat or whatever it is you are planting. 37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else.
38 Then God gives it a new body -- just the kind he wants it to have. A different kind of plant grows from each kind of seed. 38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body.
39 And just as there are different kinds of seeds and plants, so also there are different kinds of flesh -- whether of humans, animals, birds, or fish. 39 All flesh is not the same: Men have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another.
40 There are bodies in the heavens, and there are bodies on earth. The glory of the heavenly bodies is different from the beauty of the earthly bodies. 40 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.
41 The sun has one kind of glory, while the moon and stars each have another kind. And even the stars differ from each other in their beauty and brightness. 41 The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.
42 It is the same way for the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies, which die and decay, will be different when they are resurrected, for they will never die. 42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable;
43 Our bodies now disappoint us, but when they are raised, they will be full of glory. They are weak now, but when they are raised, they will be full of power. 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;
44 They are natural human bodies now, but when they are raised, they will be spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, so also there are spiritual bodies. 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
45 The Scriptures tell us, "The first man, Adam, became a living person." But the last Adam -- that is, Christ -- is a life-giving Spirit. 45 So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.
46 What came first was the natural body, then the spiritual body comes later. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual.
47 Adam, the first man, was made from the dust of the earth, while Christ, the second man, came from heaven. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven.
48 Every human being has an earthly body just like Adam's, but our heavenly bodies will be just like Christ's. 48 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.
49 Just as we are now like Adam, the man of the earth, so we will someday be like Christ, the man from heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.
50 What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These perishable bodies of ours are not able to live forever. 50 I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
51 But let me tell you a wonderful secret God has revealed to us. Not all of us will die, but we will all be transformed. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed--
52 It will happen in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, the Christians who have died will be raised with transformed bodies. And then we who are living will be transformed so that we will never die. 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
53 For our perishable earthly bodies must be transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.
54 When this happens -- when our perishable earthly bodies have been transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die -- then at last the Scriptures will come true: "Death is swallowed up in victory. 54 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."
55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?" 55 "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"
56 For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
57 How we thank God, who gives us victory over sin and death through Jesus Christ our Lord! 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.