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

  • I AM
    For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment unto the Son: because he is the Son of man. For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice: Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them.
  • I AM
    And they that have done good heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies that have done evil beheld them. But woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time.
  • BSP
    This verse assures us that the work we do in God's name will never be in vain.
  • ELDER EARL WRIGHT
    keeping yourself in the will of God for you,staying Holy,and free from all sins!!.bringing people into a relationship with Jesus,Love everyone,with all your Heart,mind,and Spirit,and to know your reward is waiting for you in Heaven!!!!
  • Lilian
    Be steadfast unmoveable always abounding in the work for our Lord. For as much as we know that the Labour are not in vain in the Lord.
    Thank you Jesus for the Blood that you shed for us I will praise you and worship you alone amen hallelujah
  • RbnlovesJesus
    Jim, where does this say in the bible, All who are Christ's when they die their spirits all go to glory until the Resurrection and the dead lifeless body
    rests in the ground without the soul in it and we will be given a new body. We also will be able to recognize one another from the old body.

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