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

  • Levi
    vs. 27,28,29 no other comments on the fact that until Jesus delivers a perfect world back to the father, he is not under the subjection of the father. Which I believe indicates our prayers should be to Jesus, not just in Jesus name.
  • Angelica
    Hi Jeanie,
    When the bible refers to " sleeping"( in this context) it is referring to our bodies, not our spirits. Indeed, those who die in Christ before the rapture or second coming, go to paradise. This is ehat Jesus referred to thief on the cross. Also, in Luke 16, there is reference to this paradise ( a holding place until we r given new bodies in the likeness of Christ), called Abraham's Boso
  • Jeanie
    Have you guys noticed they talk about how people that are dead are sleeping again. They say that alot in almost every book in the bible how people who r dead are sleeping and waiting for christ to come again. Why are people being taught that we go to heaven or hell when that is not what it is teaching us. In revelatiion it said how the dead shall rise when christ comes. Were they not risen?
  • Pat-Prince Chudi
    in all challenges victory is sure at last.
  • Uchenna udenweze
    Without sowing there won't be germination, desire to be sown and die of sin so that u be raised and germinated into righteousness and incorruptible.
  • Gordon w. for verse 51
    Sit with a minister, elder body is God given from the start, each body of flesh, yet was God is concerned about in giving us the ability to choose or not is ours...did so out of love for us ...god is concerned about your soul as you should be also. Our bodies are just a compartment to carry our souls as it were, for when we die we go to the ground from where we were taken...biology shows us that we disenegrate there, yet your breathe of life is what makes you a living Soul in Gods eyes, each one has Gods notice and if he created us, he surely can re-create us ! Yet He promised this would happen when the time of his re-appearing shall come. That s why Christ the Son of God willingly gave His life, and more importantly, has Risen again in what ? SPIRIT ...to be with His Father in heaven....to show us from words in scripture he will do just that! Yet you realize that the dead are risen first by Christs own words! There are only a chosen few that God has called to his side that were still alive on earth. Nobody goes to heaven when they die. But it sounds nice too say and teach, God made us and he can re-Make us. There is so much more to this but it will have to wait.......please dont worry, about what kind of body God may give us, cause this is all we know, these bodies we have....imagine being a spirit though!! Wow...

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