1 Corinthians 15:19
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New International Version
If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

New Living Translation
And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.

English Standard Version
If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.

New American Standard Bible
If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.

King James Bible
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If we have put our hope in Christ for this life only, we should be pitied more than anyone.

International Standard Version
If we have set our hopes on the Messiah in this life only, we deserve more pity than any other people.

NET Bible
For if only in this life we have hope in Christ, we should be pitied more than anyone.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if in this life only we hope in The Messiah, so it is that we are more wretched than all people.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If Christ is our hope in this life only, we deserve more pity than any other people.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If in this life only we have existence in Christ, we are the most miserable of all men.

King James 2000 Bible
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most to be pitied.

American King James Version
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

American Standard Version
If we have only hoped in Christ in this life, we are of all men most pitiable.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

Darby Bible Translation
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are [the] most miserable of all men.

English Revised Version
If in this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all men most pitiable.

Webster's Bible Translation
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

Weymouth New Testament
If in this present life we have a *hope* resting on Christ, and nothing more, we are more to be pitied than all the rest of the world.

World English Bible
If we have only hoped in Christ in this life, we are of all men most pitiable.

Young's Literal Translation
if in this life we have hope in Christ only, of all men we are most to be pitied.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:12-19 Having shown that Christ was risen, the apostle answers those who said there would be no resurrection. There had been no justification, or salvation, if Christ had not risen. And must not faith in Christ be vain, and of no use, if he is still among the dead? The proof of the resurrection of the body is the resurrection of our Lord. Even those who died in the faith, had perished in their sins, if Christ had not risen. All who believe in Christ, have hope in him, as a Redeemer; hope for redemption and salvation by him; but if there is no resurrection, or future recompence, their hope in him can only be as to this life. And they must be in a worse condition than the rest of mankind, especially at the time, and under the circumstances, in which the apostles wrote; for then Christians were hated and persecuted by all men. But it is not so; they, of all men, enjoy solid comforts amidst all their difficulties and trials, even in the times of the sharpest persecution.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 19. - If in this life only we have hope in Christ. The word to which "in Christ" should be joined is uncertain; the order st the original is, "If in this life in Christ we have hoped only." The "only" seems therefore to qualify the whole sentence: "If we have merely hoped in Christ, and that only in this life." We are of all men most miserable; literally, we are more pitiable than all men. The remark only has an absolute bearing when Christians really are suffering from persecutions, as they did in St. Paul's day (2 Corinthians 1:5; 2 Timothy 3:12). But to some extent all Christians have to bear their cross, and if all that they give up and suffer is sacrificed to a delusion, they deserve most pity in one sense, because they have been most conspicuously befooled. In another sense they are still the happiest of men; for their delusion, judged by its fruits, is more blessed than the dreary blank which is the only alternative.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If in this life only we have hope in Christ,.... The object of a believer's hope is not any creature, man, or angel; nor any creature enjoyment, as gold and silver; nor any creature righteousness, moral, legal, and civil; nor any external privilege, or profession of religion; but Christ alone as a surety, Saviour, and Redeemer; his person, blood, righteousness, sacrifice, and fulness: and what they hope for in him are, all grace, and the supplies of it; the forgiveness of their sins, the justification of their persons, eternal life and salvation; grace here, and glory hereafter; for all which they have great reason and encouragement to hope in him; but if their hope in him was only in this life, or whilst this life lasts; if they had not hope in death, that they should live again, and after death for the resurrection of their bodies; or if they hoped in Christ only for the things of this life, or as the Arabic version renders it, "if we from Christ, and by him, expect happiness in this world only"; if our hope in him is bounded with this life, and confined to the things of it, and does not reach to the things of another life, the things of eternity, the invisible glories of another world, to be enjoyed in soul and body;

we are of all men the most miserable; which may have respect not only to the apostles, though eminently true of them, who had little of the comforts of this life, being continually exposed to hardships and persecution for the sake of Christ; were set forth as a spectacle to angels and men; were accounted the filth of the world, and the offscouring of all things; and suffered many indignities, and great reproach and affliction, and that for asserting the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead; but is also true of all others that hope in Christ, and believe in him; for these not only deny themselves the pleasures, honours, and profits of this world, but are exposed continually to the hatred, reproach, and persecution of it; they are chastised by God as other men are, that they may not be condemned with the world, and yet they must be condemned, if Christ is not risen; they are harassed and distressed by Satan, who follows them with his temptations and suggestions, which are so many fiery darts, which give them great pain and uneasiness, when others are unmolested by him; they groan under a body of sin they carry about with them, and desire and long to be unclothed, that they might be clothed upon with glory and immortality; and yet these very desires and earnest longings after a blessed eternity do but add to their misery, if there is no foundation for them, and they will at last be frustrated: these are the sad conclusions, and wretched absurdities that must follow, upon the denial of the resurrection of the dead, and of Christ.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19. If our hopes in Christ were limited to this life only, we should be, of all men, most to be pitied; namely, because, while others live unmolested, we are exposed to every trial and persecution, and, after all, are doomed to bitter disappointment in our most cherished hope; for all our hope of salvation, even of the soul (not merely of the body), hangs on the resurrection of Christ, without which His death would be of no avail to us (Eph 1:19, 20; 1Pe 1:3). The heathen are "without hope" (Eph 2:12; 1Th 4:13). We should be even worse, for we should be also without present enjoyment (1Co 4:9).

1 Corinthians 15:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Resurrection of the Dead
18Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.
Cross References
1 Corinthians 4:9
For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like those condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to human beings.

2 Timothy 3:12
In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
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hope.

Ephesians 1:12,13 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ…

1 Thessalonians 1:3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, …

2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am …

1 Peter 1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and …

of all.

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2 Timothy 3:12 Yes, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

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