1 Corinthians 15:55
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New International Version
"Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"

New Living Translation
O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?"

English Standard Version
“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

New American Standard Bible
"O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?"

King James Bible
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting?

International Standard Version
"Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"

NET Bible
"Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Where is your sting, oh death? Where is your victory, oh, Sheol?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting?"

Jubilee Bible 2000
O death, where is thy sting? O Hades, where is thy victory?

King James 2000 Bible
O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?

American King James Version
O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?

American Standard Version
O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?

Douay-Rheims Bible
O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?

Darby Bible Translation
Where, O death, [is] thy sting? where, O death, thy victory?

English Revised Version
O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?

Webster's Bible Translation
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

Weymouth New Testament
"Where, O death, is thy victory? Where, O death, is thy sting?"

World English Bible
"Death, where is your sting? Hades, where is your victory?"

Young's Literal Translation
where, O Death, thy sting? where, O Hades, thy victory?'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:51-58 All the saints should not die, but all would be changed. In the gospel, many truths, before hidden in mystery, are made known. Death never shall appear in the regions to which our Lord will bear his risen saints. Therefore let us seek the full assurance of faith and hope, that in the midst of pain, and in the prospect of death, we may think calmly on the horrors of the tomb; assured that our bodies will there sleep, and in the mean time our souls will be present with the Redeemer. Sin gives death all its hurtful power. The sting of death is sin; but Christ, by dying, has taken out this sting; he has made atonement for sin, he has obtained remission of it. The strength of sin is the law. None can answer its demands, endure its curse, or do away his own transgressions. Hence terror and anguish. And hence death is terrible to the unbelieving and the impenitent. Death may seize a believer, but it cannot hold him in its power. How many springs of joy to the saints, and of thanksgiving to God, are opened by the death and resurrection, the sufferings and conquests of the Redeemer! In verse 58, we have an exhortation, that believers should be stedfast, firm in the faith of that gospel which the apostle preached, and they received. Also, to be unmovable in their hope and expectation of this great privilege, of being raised incorruptible and immortal. And to abound in the work of the Lord, always doing the Lord's service, and obeying the Lord's commands. May Christ give us faith, and increase our faith, that we may not only be safe, but joyful and triumphant.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 55. - O death, where is thy sting? A triumphantly fervid exclamation of the apostle, loosely cited from Hosea 13:14. The apostles and evangelists, not holding the slavish and superstitious fetish worship of the dead letter, often regard it as sufficient to give the general sense of the passages to which they refer. O grave, where is thy victory? In the best attested reading (A, B, C, D, E, F, G), "death" is repeated, and in the best manuscripts this clause precedes the last. But if the reading, "O Hades," were correct, our translators, since they held it here impossible in accordance with their views to render it by "hell," ought to have taken warning, and seen the pernicious inapplicability of that rendering in other places where they have used it to express this same Greek word. Here "Hades" has probably been introduced into the Greek text from the LXX., which uses it for the Sheol of the original.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

O death, where is thy sting?.... These words, with the following clause, are taken out of Hosea 13:14 and that they belong to the times of the Messiah, the ancient Jews acknowledge; and the Chaldee paraphrase interprets them of the Logos, or Word of God, rendering them thus,

"my Word shall be among them to kill, and my Word to destroy;''

wherefore the apostle is not to be charged with a misapplication of them, nor with a perversion of them, as he is by the Jew (s): in the prophet they are thus read, "O death, I will be thy plagues, O grave, I will be thy destruction"; between which, and the apostle's citation of them, there is some difference; the word which we render in both clauses, "I will be", the apostle translates "where", and that very rightly, and so it should be rendered there; and so it is by the Septuagint interpreters, who render the whole as he, with a little variation, "where is thy revenge, O death? where is thy sting, O grave?" and so the Arabic version of Hosea still nearer the apostle, "where is now thy victory, O death?" or "where is thy sting, O grave?" and even the Chaldee paraphrase on Hosea 13:14 renders the same word "where"; for instead of, "I will be thy king", the Targum reads, , "where is thy king?" and Aben Ezra, a Jewish writer of great note, on Hosea 13:14 observes, that there are some that say the word is to be inverted as if it was "where", and he adds, and it is right; a like observation he makes on those words in 1 Corinthians 15:14 and that that is the true sense of the word in both verses, is attested by Ebn Jannahius Tanchuma (t); so that the apostle is thus far to be justified, in his citation of this passage: it is further to be observed, that instead of "thy plagues", he reads, "thy sting"; and I doubt not, but that among the many things which signifies, as it must be owned it does signify the plague, or pestilence, see Psalm 90:6 and which perhaps is so called, from the venomous nature of it, and the poisonous sting that is in it, so likewise a sting, though there is no instance of it; certain it is, that bees are called and as Cocceius (u) observes, from their sting; and so in the Chaldee and Arabic languages, a bee, or a wasp, is called and it is to such sort of creatures, that the allusion is here made; who having lost their stings, can do no hurt; and which will be the case of death in the resurrection morn, when risen saints will insult over it in this triumphant manner; having nothing more to fear from it, any more than a man has to be afraid of any animal whatever, that has lost its sting: and in the following clause,

O grave, where is thy victory? instead of "destruction", as it must be allowed the word signifies, see Psalm 90:6 the apostle reads victory; but then there is no difference in the sense; for the grave gets its victory over its thousands, and ten thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousands, and millions of millions, by the destruction of them, which now it glories in, and boasts of; but in the resurrection morn, when its destruction will be at an end, the triumphant saints may reasonably ask, where is its boasted victory, since it can destroy no longer.

(s) R. lsaac Chizzuk Emuna, par. 2. c. 87. p. 463. (t) Apud Pocock. Not. Miscellan. ad Port. Mosis, p. 69, 70. (u) Lex. Heb. in rad.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

55. Quoted from Ho 13:14, substantially; but freely used by the warrant of the Spirit by which Paul wrote. The Hebrew may be translated, "O death, where are thy plagues? Where, O Hades, is thy destruction?" The Septuagint, "Where is thy victory (literally, in a lawsuit), O death? Where is thy sting, O Hades? … Sting" answers to the Hebrew "plagues," namely, a poisoned sting causing plagues. Appropriate, as to the old serpent (Ge 3:14, 15; Nu 21:6). "Victory" answers to the Hebrew "destruction." Compare Isa 25:7, "destroy … veil … over all nations," namely, victoriously destroy it; and to "in victory" (1Co 15:54), which he triumphantly repeats. The "where" implies their past victorious destroying power and sting, now gone for ever; obtained through Satan's triumph over man in Eden, which enlisted God's law on the side of Satan and death against man (Ro 5:12, 17, 21). The souls in Hades being freed by the resurrection, death's sting and victory are gone. For "O grave," the oldest manuscripts and versions read, "O death," the second time.

1 Corinthians 15:55 Additional Commentaries
Context
Where O Death is Your Victory?
54But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, "DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory. 55"O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?" 56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;…
Cross References
Hosea 13:14
"I will deliver this people from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. Where, O death, are your plagues? Where, O grave, is your destruction? "I will have no compassion,

1 Corinthians 15:56
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
Treasury of Scripture

O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?

O death.

Hosea 13:14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them …

sting.

Acts 9:5 And he said, Who are you, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom …

Revelation 9:10 And they had tails like to scorpions, and there were stings in their …

grave. or, hell.

Luke 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and sees Abraham …

Acts 2:27 Because you will not leave my soul in hell, neither will you suffer …

Revelation 20:13,14 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell …

is thy victory.

Job 18:13,14 It shall devour the strength of his skin: even the firstborn of death …

Psalm 49:8-15 (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceases for ever:)…

Psalm 89:48 What man is he that lives, and shall not see death? shall he deliver …

Ecclesiastes 2:15,16 Then said I in my heart, As it happens to the fool, so it happens …

Ecclesiastes 3:19 For that which befalls the sons of men befalls beasts; even one thing …

Ecclesiastes 8:8 There is no man that has power over the spirit to retain the spirit; …

Ecclesiastes 9:5,6 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any …

Romans 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that …

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