But someone will ask, 1"How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?"
You foolish person! 2What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.
And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain.
But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body.
For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish.
There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another.
There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.
3So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.
It is sown in dishonor; 4it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.
It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
Thus it is written, 5"The first man Adam became a living being";6the last Adam became a 7life-giving spirit.
But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual.
8The first man was from the earth, 9a man of dust; 10the second man is from heaven.
As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, 11so also are those who are of heaven.
Just 12as we have borne the image of the man of dust, 13we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.
I tell you this, brothers: 14flesh and blood 15cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
Behold! I tell you a mystery. 16We shall not all sleep, 17but we shall all be changed,
in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For 18the trumpet will sound, and 19the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.
For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and 20this mortal body must put on immortality.
When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: 21"Death is swallowed up in victory."
22"O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?"
The sting of death is sin, and 23the power of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God, 24who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.