1 Corinthians 15
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The Resurrection of Christ

1Moreouer brethren I declare vnto you, the Gospell which I preached vnto you, which also ye haue receaued, and wherin ye cotinue, 2By the which also ye are saued, yf ye kepe in memorie after what maner I preached vnto you, except ye haue beleued in vayne.

3For first of all I deliuered vnto you, that which I receaued: howe that Christe dyed for our sinnes, agreeyng to the scriptures: 4And that he was buryed, and that he arose agayne the thirde day, accordyng to the scriptures: 5And that he was seene of Cephas, then of the twelue: 6After that, he was seene of mo then fiue hundred brethren at once: of which, many remayne vnto this day, & some are fallen a slepe. 7After that, he was seene of Iames, then of all the Apostles. 8And last of all he was seene of me, as of one borne out of due tyme. 9For I am the least of the Apostles, which am not worthy to be called an Apostle, because I persecuted the Churche of God. 10But by the grace of God, I am that I am: And his grace which is in me, was not in vayne: But I laboured more aboundauntly then they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which is with me. 11Therfore, whether it were I or they, so we preache, and so haue ye beleued.

The Resurrection of the Dead

12If Christe be preached howe that he rose from the dead: howe say some among you, that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13If there be no rysyng agayne of the dead, then is Christe not rysen agayne. 14If Christe be not rysen agayne, then is our preachyng vayne, and your fayth is also vayne. 15Yea, and we are founde false witnesses of God: For we haue testified of God, howe that he raysed vp Christe, whom he raysed not vp, yf it be so that the dead ryse not agayne. 16For yf the dead ryse not agayne, then is not Christe rysen agayne. 17If it be so, that Christ rose not againe, then is your fayth vayne, and ye are yet in your sinnes. 18Therfore, they which are fallen in a slepe in Christe, are perisshed. 19If in this lyfe only we haue hope on Christe, then are we of all men moste miserable.

The Order of Resurrection

20But nowe is Christe rysen from the dead, the first fruites of them that slept. 21For since by man came death, euen so by man came the resurrection of ye dead. 22For, as by Adam all dye: euen so by Christe shall all be made alyue, 23But euery man in his owne order. The first fruites is Christe, afterward, they that are Christes at his commyng. 24Then commeth the ende, when he hath deliuered vp the kingdome to God the father, when he hath put downe all rule, and all auctoritie, and power. 25For he must raigne tyll he haue put all his enemies vnder his feete. 26The last enemie that shalbe destroyed, is death. 27For he hath put downe all thynges vnder his feete: But when he saith, all thynges are vnder hym, it is manifest that he is excepted which dyd put all thynges vnder hym. 28When all thynges are subdued vnto hym, then shall the sonne also hym selfe be subiect vnto him that put all thinges vnder hym, that God may be all in all.

29Els what shall they do, which are baptized for the dead, yf the dead ryse not at all? 30Why are they then baptized for them? And why stande we in ieopardie euery houre? 31By our reioycyng which I haue in Christe Iesu our Lorde, I dye dayly. 32If I haue fought with beastes at Ephesus after the maner of men, what auauntageth it me, yf the dead ryse not agayne? Let vs eate & drynke, for to morowe we shall dye. 33Be not deceaued. Euyll wordes, corrupt good maners. 34Awake truely out of slepe, and sinne not: For some haue not the knowledge of God. I speake this to your shame.

The Resurrection Body

35But some man wyll say, howe are the dead raysed vp? With what bodie shall they come? 36Thou foole, that which thou sowest, is not quickened except it dye. 37And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shalbe, but bare corne, as of wheate, or of some other: 38But God geueth it a body at his pleasure, to euery seede his owne body. 39All flesshe, is not the same flesshe: But there is one maner of flesshe of me, another flesshe of beastes, another of fisshes, and another of byrdes. 40There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: But the glorie of the celestial is one, and the glorie of the terrestrial another. 41There is another glorie of the sunne, and another glorie of the moone, and another glorie of the starres: For one starre differeth from another starre in glorie.

42So is the resurrection of the dead. It is sowen in corruption, it ryseth in incorruption. 43It is sowen in dishonour, it riseth in honour. It is sowen in weakenesse, it ryseth in power. 44It is sowen a naturall bodie, it ryseth a spirituall bodie. There is a naturall bodie, and there is a spirituall bodie. 45As it is also written: The first man Adam was made a lyuyng soule, and the last Adam was made a quickenyng spirite. 46Howebeit, that is not first whiche is spirituall, but that whiche is naturall, and then that whiche is spirituall. 47The first man is of the earth, earthy: the seconde man is the Lorde from heauen. 48As is the earthy, suche are they that are earthy: And as is the heauenly, such are they also that are heauenly. 49And as we haue borne the image of the earthy, so shall we beare the image of the heauenly.

Where, O Death, Is Your Victory?
(Hosea 13:9–14)

50This saye I brethren, that fleshe and blood can not inherite the kyngdome of God: Neither doth corruption, inherite incorruption. 51Beholde, I shewe you a misterie. We shall not all slepe: but we shall all be chaunged. 52In a moment, in the twynklyng of an eye, at the last trumpe. For the trumpe shall blowe, and the dead shall ryse incorruptible, and we shalbe chaunged. 53For this corruptible, must put on incorruption, and this mortall must put on immortalitie. 54When this corruptible, hath put on incorruption, and this mortal, hath put on immortalitie, then shalbe brought to passe the saying that is written, Death is swalowed vp into victorie. 55O death where is thy stynge? O hell where is thy victorie? 56The stynge of death is sinne, and the strength of sinne is the lawe. 57But thankes be vnto God, whiche hath geue vs victorie through our Lord Iesus Christe.

58Therfore my beloued brethren, be ye stedfast, vnmouable, alwayes riche in the worke of the Lorde, forasmuch as ye knowe that your labour is not in vayne in the Lorde.

Bishops' Bible of 1568

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