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1 Corinthians 15:29  (1611 King James Bible)

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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?


- 1611 King James Bible

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Other Translations of 1 Corinthians 15:29

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 (Cambridge Edition)

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

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?
- Darby Bible

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.
- People's 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

 

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View 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.

 

jibblok's comment on 2014-06-04 11:34:56:

there are many guesses as the the meaning of this verse, but no matte which version in the above listing, there can be only one meaning clearly represented, and that is that there were baptisms for the dead at the time of paul

 


Injun Joe's comment on 2014-03-05 11:30:14:

as it is written that Jesus Christ taught the disciples many great things of which were never written due the fact that there would be no place to keep them if they were volume so are the mysteries of God given to those whom he deems his elect in these the last days

 


Zonwabele's comment on 2012-08-02 03:05:55:

I am a member of Old Apostolic Church we also belive inthe sence of a baptizem that is talk about the people who are passed away long ago, aspecial those people who where doing good things.Our leaders when we ask them about this meaning they said was the vision cames from GOD, that those family members that died befor accepting the word of GOD are the ones that are baptized for by those ones are live.

 


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