1 Corinthians 15:56
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New International Version
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

New Living Translation
For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power.

English Standard Version
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

New American Standard Bible
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;

King James Bible
The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now the sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

International Standard Version
Now death's stinger is sin, and sin's power is the Law.

NET Bible
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But the sting of death is sin and the power of sin is The Written Law.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Sin gives death its sting, and God's standards give sin its power.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

King James 2000 Bible
The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

American King James Version
The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

American Standard Version
The sting of death is sin; and the power of sin is the law:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now the sting of death is sin: and the power of sin is the law.

Darby Bible Translation
Now the sting of death [is] sin, and the power of sin the law;

English Revised Version
The sting of death is sin; and the power of sin is the law:

Webster's Bible Translation
The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

Weymouth New Testament
Now sin is the sting of death, and sin derives its power from the Law;

World English Bible
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

Young's Literal Translation
and the sting of the death is the sin, and the power of the sin the law;
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 56. - The sting of death is sin. Because death is the wages of sin (Romans 6:23). Death is represented as a venomous serpent. The strength of sin is the Law. The best comment on this expression is to be found in the Epistle to the Romans; see especially Romans 4:15; Romans 7:10-12. It must be admitted that this passing allusion to a distinct doctrine does not seem, at first sight, to harmonize with the glorious unity of the subject. No one can read it without a slight sense of jar, because it seems to introduce the element of dogmatic controversy. But this sense of incongruity is removed when we remember how intensely St. Paul felt that man is confronted with the horror of a broken Law, which at once reminds him of a Being infinitely holy, and of his own self condemnation (Romans 7; 2 Corinthians 3.). It is the sense that the Law in its deathful aspect is annulled, and the sinful soul delivered, which prompts the outburst of the next verse.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The sting of death is sin,.... Death has a sting, and which was originally in it, and that is sin; sin is the cause of death, it is what has given rise and being to it; it entered into the world by it, and is supported in its empire through it; it gives it its resistless power, which reaches to all sorts of persons, young and old, rich and poor, high and low, bond and free; it gives it all its bitterness, agonies, and miseries; and it is by that it does all the hurt and mischief it does; and it may fitly be compared to a sting, for its poisonous and venomous nature:

and the strength of sin is the law; not that the law of God is sinful, or encourages sin: it forbids it under the severest penalty; but was there no law there would be no sin, nor imputation of it; sin is a transgression of the law: moreover, the strength of sin, its evil nature, and all the dreadful aggravations of it, and sad consequences upon it, are discovered and made known by the law; and also the strength of it is drawn out by it, through the corruption of human nature; which is irritated and provoked the more to sin, through the law's prohibition of it; and this is not the fault of the law, but is owing to the vitiosity of nature; which the more it is forbidden anything, the more desirous it is of it; to which may be added, that sin is the more exceeding sinful, being committed against a known law, and that of the great lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy; whose legislative power and authority are slighted and trampled upon by it, which makes the transgression the more heinous; it is the law which binds sin upon a man's conscience, accuses him of it, pronounces him guilty, curses, condemns, and adjudges him to death for it.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

56. If there were no sin, there would be no death. Man's transgression of the law gives death its lawful power.

strength of sin is the law—Without the law sin is not perceived or imputed (Ro 3:20; 4:15; 5:13). The law makes sin the more grievous by making God's will the clearer (Ro 7:8-10). Christ's people are no longer "under the law" (Ro 6:14).

1 Corinthians 15:56 Additional Commentaries
Context
Where O Death is Your 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; 57but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.…
Cross References
Romans 3:20
Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God's sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

Romans 4:15
because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.

Romans 5:12
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned--

Romans 7:8
But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the law, sin was dead.
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The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

sting.

Genesis 3:17-19 And to Adam he said, Because you have listened to the voice of your …

Psalm 90:3-11 You turn man to destruction; and say, Return, you children of men…

Proverbs 14:32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous has …

John 8:21,24 Then said Jesus again to them, I go my way, and you shall seek me, …

Romans 5:15,17 But not as the offense, so also is the free gift. For if through …

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life …

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed to men once to die, but after this the judgment:

the strength.

Romans 3:19,20 Now we know that what things soever the law said, it said to them …

Romans 4:15 Because the law works wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.

Romans 5:13,20 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when …

Romans 7:5-13 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by …

Galatians 3:10-13 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for …

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