1 Corinthians

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1 Corinthians 15:29

“Else what shal they do, which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all, why are they then baptized for the dead?”

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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?
- King James Version

Otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized for them?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Else what shall they do that are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized for them?
- American Standard Version (1901)

Again, what will they do who are given baptism for the dead? if the dead do not come back at all, why are people given baptism for them?
- Basic English Bible

Since what shall the baptised for the dead do if [those that are] dead rise not at all? why also are they baptised for them?
- Darby Bible

Else what will they do, who are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?
- Webster's Bible

Otherwise what will become of those who got themselves baptized for the dead? If the dead do not rise at all, why are these baptized for them?
- Weymouth Bible

Or else what will they do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead aren't raised at all, why then are they baptized for the dead?
- World English Bible

Ellis what schulen thei do, that ben baptisid for deed men, if in no wise deed men risen ayen? wherto ben thei baptisid for hem?
- Wycliffe Bible

Seeing what shall they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do not rise at all? why also are they baptized for the dead?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 15:29


15:29 Who are baptized for the dead - Perhaps baptized in hope of blessings to be received after they are numbered with the dead. Or, baptized in the room of the dead - Of them that are just fallen in the cause of Christ: like soldiers who advance in the room of their companions that fell just before their face.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 15:29


1Co 15:29 Else what shall they do who are baptized for the dead? Paul again returns to the argument for the resurrection. This passage is difficult, and has received almost as many interpretations as there have been commentators. Some have held that there was a custom of baptizing living persons for the benefit of persons who had died without baptism. Had that custom existed, Paul would have rebuked it. It did arise afterwards, as an abuse from the misinterpretation of this passage, among the followers of Cerinthis, and, in our times, of Joseph Smith. I will try to make clear its meaning: (1) All the Corinthians were baptized (Ac 18:8). (2) Their baptism was a "planting" in the likeness of the burial of Christ, and in the "likeness of his resurrection" (Ro 6:4,5). They were in, and raised from, a watery tomb. (3) Their baptism in the likeness of the death and resurrection of Christ was in hope of their own resurrection from the dead through Christ's resurrection. ("Huper Nekroon", "for", or "on account of the dead", with the exception of resurrection from the dead.) But if Christ has not risen, and the dead rise not, this memorial and emblematic burial has no meaning. "Why, then, are they baptized for the dead"? that is, for the sake of their own resurrection from the dead. This interpretation harmonizes better with Paul's argument than any I have seen.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 15

  • Matt
    In verse 26 death is called an enemy, we can have confidence that Jehovah God will do away with death.
  • Isaac L. Hollie
    Thank God for the gift, Jesus Christ, who is our victory all day long everyday. Because victory only comes in the name of Jesus.
  • Anonymous
    Amen!!!! Just opening our eyes in the new day is a victory, and giving God the praises for giving us another day!!!!
  • Mildredsc
    That's y we must b baptized in Jesus Name and be filled with his precious Spirit which is The HolyGhost. Which the disciples received on The day of Pentecost. Acts.2:38
  • Jeremy
    I agree totally PRAISE JESUS !
  • Pat-Prince Chudi
    in all challenges victory is sure at last.

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