1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and awherein ye stand;
2bBy which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless cye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins daccording to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day eaccording to the scriptures:
5fAnd that he was seen of Cephas, then gof the twelve:
6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
7 After that, he was seen of James; then hof all the apostles.
8iAnd last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because jI persecuted the church of God.
10 But kby the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but lI laboured more abundantly than they all: myet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
11 Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.
12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, nthen is Christ not risen:
14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; oye are yet in your sins.
18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
19 If pin this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
20 But now qis Christ risen from the dead, and become rthe firstfruits of them that slept.
21 For ssince by man came death, by tman came also the resurrection of the dead.
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
23 But uevery man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.
24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up vthe kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. w26xThe last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
27 For he yhath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
28aAnd when all things shall be subdued unto him, then zshall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
29 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?
30 And bwhy stand we in jeopardy every hour?
31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, cI die daily.
32 If after the manner of men eI have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? dlet us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.
33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
34fAwake to righteousness, and sin not; gfor some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.
35 But some man will say, hHow are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
36Thou fool, ithat which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:38 But jGod giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
40There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
41There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
42kSo also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
43lIt is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
45And so it is written, The first man Adam owas made a living soul; nthe last Adam was madema quickening spirit.46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
47rThe first man is of the earth, qearthy: the second man is the Lord pfrom heaven.
48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: sand as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
49 And tas we have borne the image of the earthy, uwe shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50 Now this I say, brethren, that vflesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; wWe shall not all sleep, xbut we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: yfor the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and zthis mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, aDeath is swallowed up in victory.55bO death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56 The sting of death is sin; and cthe strength of sin is the law.
57dBut thanks be to God, which giveth us ethe victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, fbe ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know gthat your labour is not in vain in the Lord.