1 Corinthians 15
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The Resurrection of Christ

1I declare vnto you brethren, the Gospell that I haue preached vnto you (which ye haue also accepted, and in the which ye stode, 2by the which also ye are saued) after what maner I preached it vnto you, yf ye haue kepte it, excepte ye haue beleued in vayne.

3For first of all I delyuered vnto you that which I also receaued, how that Christ dyed for oure synnes acordinge to the scriptures, 4and that he was buried, and that he rose agayne ye thirde daye acordinge to the scriptures, 5and that he was sene of Cephas, then of the twolue: 6after that was he sene of mo then fyue hundreth brethren at once, wherof there are yet many alyue, but some are fallen aslepe. 7Afterwarde was he sene of Iames, then of all the Apostles. 8Last of all was he sene of me also, as of one borne out of due tyme. 9For I am ye leest of the Apostles, which am not worthy to be called an Apostle, because I persecuted the congregacion of God. 10But by the grace of God I am that I am. And his grace in me hath not bene vayne, but I haue laboured more then they all: howbeit not I but the grace of God which is wt me. 11Now whether it be I or they, thus haue we preached, and thus haue ye beleued.

The Resurrection of the Dead

12But yf Christ be preached, that he is rysen from the deed, how saye then some amoge you, that there is no resurreccion of the deed? 13Yf there be no resurreccio of the deed, then is Christ not rysen. 14Yf Christ be not rysen, then is oure preachinge in vayne,and youre faith is also in vayne: 15yee and we are founde false witnesses of God, because we haue testified agaynst God, that he hath raysed vp Christ, whom he hath not raysed vp, yf the deed ryse not agayne. 16For yf the deed ryse not agayne, the is Christ also not rysen agayne. 17But yf Christ be not rysen agayne, then is youre faith in vayne, and ye are yet in youre synnes: 18they also that are falle a slepe in Christ, are perished. 19Yf in this life onely we hope on Christ, then are we of all men the most miserable.

The Order of Resurrection

20But now is Christ rysen from the deed, and is become ye first frutes of them that slepe. 21For by one man commeth death, and by one man the resurreccion of the deed. 22For as they all dye in Adam, so shal they all be made alyue in Christ, 23but euery one in his order. The first is Christ, then they that beloge vnto Christ, whan he commeth. 24Then the ende, wha he shal delyuer vp the kyngdome vnto God the father, whan he shal put downe all rule, and all superiorite, & power. 25For he must raygne, tyll he haue put all his enemies vnder his fete. 26The last enemye that shal be destroyed, is death, 27for he hath put all thinges vnder his fete. But wha he sayeth, that all thinges are put vnder him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which put all thinges vnder him. 28Whan all thinges shalbe subdued vnto him, then shal the sonne himselfe also be subiecte vnto him, which put all thinges vnder him, that God maye be all in all.

29Or els what do they which are baptised ouer ye deed, yf the deed ryse not at all? Why are they then baptysed ouer the deed? 30And why stonde we in ioperdy euery houre? 31By oure reioysinge which I haue in Christ Iesu or LORDE, I dye daylie. 32That I haue foughte with beestes at Ephesus after ye maner of men, what helpeth it me, yf the deed ryse not agayne? Let vs eate and drynke, for tomorow we shal dye. 33Be not ye disceaued. Euell speakinges corruppe good maners. 34Awake righte vp, and synne not: for some haue not ye knowlege of God. This I saye to youre shame.

The Resurrection Body

35But some man mighte saye: How shal the deed aryse? And with what maner off body shal they come? 36Thou foole, yt which thou sowest is not quyckened, excepte it dye. 37And what sowest thou? thou sowest not ye body that shalbe, but a bare corne, namely of wheate, or of some other. 38But God geueth it a body as he wil, and vnto euery one of ye sedes his owne body. 39All flesshe is not one maner of flesshe, but there is one maner flesshe of men, another of beastes, another of fisshes, another of byrdes. 40And there are heauenly bodies, and there are earthy bodies: but the heauenly haue one glory, and ye earthy another. 41The Sonne hath one clearnes, the Moone hath another clearnesse, and the starres haue another clearnesse, for one starre excelleth another in clearnesse:

42Euen so the resurreccion of the deed. It is sowne in corrupcion,and shal ryse in vncorrupcion: 43It is sowne in dishonoure, & shal ryse in glory:It is sowne in weaknesse, and shal ryse in power: It is sowne a naturall body, & shal ryse a spirituall body. 44Yf there be a naturall body, there is a spirituall body also. 45As it is wrytten: The first man Adam was made in to a naturall life, and the last Ada in to a spiritual life. 46Howbeit the spirituall body is not the first, but ye naturall, and then the spirituall. 47The first man is of the earth, earthy: ye seconde ma is fro heaue, heauely. 48As the earthy is, soch are they also that are earthy: and as ye heauenly is, soch are they also yt are heauenly. 49And as we haue borne the ymage of the earthy, so shal we beare the ymage of the heauenly also.

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

50This I saye brethren, that flesh & bloude can not inheret ye kyngdome of God: nether shal corrupcion inheret vncorrupcion. 51Beholde, I saye vnto you a mystery: We shal not all slepe, but we shall all be chaunged, 52and that sodenly and in the twinklynge of an eye, at the tyme of the last trompe. For the trompe shal blowe, and the deed shal ryse vncorruptible, and we shalbe chaunged. 53For this corruptible must put on vncorrupcion, and this mortall must put on immortalite. 54But whan this corruptible shal put on vncorrupcion, and this mortall shal put on immortalite, the shal the worde be fulfylled that is wrytte: 55Death is swalowed vp in victory. Death, where is thy stynge? Hell, where is yi victory? 56The stynge of death is synne: The strength of synne is the lawe. 57But thankes be vnto God , which hath geue vs the victory thorow oure LORDE Iesus Christ.

58Therfore my deare brethre, be ye stedfast, vnmoueable, & all waye riche in the worke of the LORDE, for as moch as ye knowe, that youre laboure is not in vayne in the LORDE.

Coverdale Bible of 1535

Section Headings Courtesy Berean Bible

1 Corinthians 14
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