Modern Literal Version
[1 Corinthians 15]

     15:1 Now I make known to youĎ brethren, the good-news which I proclaimed to youĎ, which youĎ also received, in which youĎ are also standing, 15:2 through which youĎ are also saved, if youĎare holding-onto the good-news of the word which I proclaimed to youĎС unless youĎ vainly believed. 15:3 For* I gave to youĎ first, what I also received: that Christ died on behalf of our sins according to the Scriptures; 15:4 and that he was buried, and that he has been raised upon the third day according to the Scriptures.

     {1Co 15:5-7, Mat 28:16-17, Mar 16:12-13, Luk 24:13-35, 24:44-49, Joh 20:26-31, Acts 1:3-8.}

     15:5 And that he appeared to Cephas; then to the twelve; 15:6 thereafter he was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, out of whom most remain until now, but some have also fallen-asleep;15:7 thereafter he was seen by James; thereafter by all the apostles; 15:8 and last of all, like to the premature-baby, he was seen also to me. 15:9 For* I am the least of the apostles, who is not sufficient to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the congregation* of believers of God. 15:10But I am what I am by the grace of God {Or: favor from God} and his grace toward me has not become empty, but I labored even-more than they all did; but not I, but the grace of God whichwas together with me. 15:11 Therefore whether it is I, or it is those men, so we preach and so youĎbelieved.

     15:12 Now if Christ is preached that he has been raised up from the dead, how are some among youĎ saying that there is no resurrection of the dead? 15:13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised up; 15:14 and if Christ has not been raised up, consequently*, our preaching is empty, yourĎ faith is also empty. 15:15 Now, we are also found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God in saying that he raised the Christ up; whom consequently*, he did not raise up, if indeed* the dead are not raised up. 15:16 For* if the dead are not raised up, not even Christ has been raised up; 15:17 and if Christ has not been raised up, yourĎfaith is futile. YouĎ are still in yourĎ sins. 15:18 Consequently*, also those who have fallen-asleep in Christ have perished. 15:19 If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are the most pitiful of all men.

     15:20 But now Christ has been raised up from the dead, he became the first-fruit of those who have fallen-asleep. 15:21 For* since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead alsocame through a man. 15:22 For* just-as all die in Adam, so all will also be given-life in Christ. 15:23But each in his own order: Christ the first-fruit; thereafter those who are Christ's in his presence.15:24 Thereafter is the end, whenever he gives up the kingdom to the God and Father; whenever he does-away-with all rule and all authority and power. 15:25 For* it is essential for him to reign, till whenever, he should place all his enemies under his feet. {Psa 110:1}15:26The last enemy done-away-with is death. 15:27 For* he has made all things subject under his feet. {Psa 8:6} But whenever he says, All things are made subject, it is evident that it is all things unless it is the one who has subjected all things to him. 15:28 But whenever all things have been subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to the one who did subject all things to him, in order that God may be all in all.

     15:29 Otherwise what will they do who are immersed* on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not literally raised up, why then are they immersed* on behalf of the dead? 15:30 Why are we also in peril every hour? 15:31 I die every day by my boasting of you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord. 15:32 If I quarreled with beasts in Ephesus according to the manner of man, what is the profit to me? If the dead are not raised up, 'We should eat and drink, for*the next-day we die.'{Isa 22:13}15:33 DoĎ not be misled: evil associations corrupt virtuous {F} morals. {Or: customs or habits; (inward & outward).}15:34 BeĎ righteously sober and doĎ not sin; for* some have ignorance of God. I say this to shame youĎ.

     15:35 But someone will say, How are the dead raised up and with what manner of body do they come? 15:36 You fool, what you sow is not given-life if it does not die; 15:37 and what you sow, you do not sow the body that will become, but a naked kernel, it may be of wheat or anyone of the rest of the grains; 15:38 but God gives it a body just-as he wills and to each seed a body of its own.

     15:39 All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men and another flesh of animals and another of birds and another of fish 15:40 and heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, (but the glory of the heavenly is indeed different, and the glory of the earthly is different). 15:41 One gloryis of the sun and another glory is of the moon and another glory is of the stars; for*one star carries more-value in glory than that of another star.

     15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. If it is sown in corruption; it is raised up in incorruption. 15:43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised up in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised up in power. 15:44 It is sown a physical body; it is raised up a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body. 15:45 So also it has been written, 'The first man Adam became a living soul.' {Gen 2:7} The last Adam is giving-life *for our spirit. 15:46 But the spiritualwas not first, but the physical, and thereafter the spiritual. 15:47 The first man is out of the earth,the terrestrial; the second man, the Lord, is out of heaven. 15:48 Such-as is the terrestrial, such alsoare the terrestrial and such-as is the heavenly, such also are the heavenly. 15:49 And just-as we have worn the image of the terrestrial, we should also wear the image of the heavenly. 15:50 Now brethren, I say this, that flesh and blood is not able to inherit the kingdom of God; neither is corruption inheriting incorruption.

     15:51 Behold, I tell youĎ a mystery, We indeed will not all be falling-asleep, but we will all be changed, 15:52 in the briefest moment, in the blink of an eye, at the last trumpet; for*the last trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised up incorruptible and we will be changed. 15:53 For*it is essential this corruptible body to be clothed with incorruption and this mortal body to be clothed with immortality. 15:54 But whenever this corruptible body has been clothed with incorruption and whenever this mortal has been clothed with immortality, then the word that has been written will become so, Death is swallowed up in victory. {Isa 25:8}15:55O death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory? 15:56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; 15:57 but gratitude to God, who is giving us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 15:58So-then my beloved brethren, becomeĎ grounded, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that yourĎ labor is not empty in the Lord.

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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