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

  • BettyG
    To Greg: I like your comment; Gal.2:21 is another verse to go with it.
  • Greg
    It is good to know that God provided a way to heaven through His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus would not lie and would not come to earth just to be labeled a good person, prophet, or miracle worker. He came to end spiritual death for all those that would rely on His blood sacrifice for their salvation. Good works is not the answer if so than his blood is powerless. Works are corruptible not His blood
  • Craig
    Paul preach the gospel of grace.
  • William S
    He was never talking about dead people being raises he was talking about the seed that dies.remeber I die daily. Your not quickened except you die. Dead to sin. Dead Do u understand it is a mystery .
  • Linda
    Its a Lot to digest, then I thought after I thought that, that it makes sense because we are being fed the Word of God when we read the Word. What do you think? Anyone? This Chapter says so much. Paul had a conversion to Jesus like many have not experienced as far as we know. I love that we shall be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of and eye. I am so thankful for Jesus. Thank the Lord!
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    Note the mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

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