1 Corinthians 15:37
New International Version
When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else.

New Living Translation
And what you put in the ground is not the plant that will grow, but only a bare seed of wheat or whatever you are planting.

English Standard Version
And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain.

Berean Study Bible
And what you sow is not the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or something else.

Berean Literal Bible
And what you sow is not the body that will be, but you sow a bare grain, if it may be of wheat, or of some of the rest.

New American Standard Bible
and that which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of something else.

King James Bible
And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:

Christian Standard Bible
And as for what you sow--you are not sowing the body that will be, but only a seed, perhaps of wheat or another grain.

Contemporary English Version
Wheat seeds and all other seeds look different from the sprouts that come up.

Good News Translation
And what you plant is a bare seed, perhaps a grain of wheat or some other grain, not the full-bodied plant that will later grow up.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And as for what you sow--you are not sowing the future body, but only a seed, perhaps of wheat or another grain.

International Standard Version
and what you plant is not the form that it will be, but a bare kernel, whether it is wheat or something else.

NET Bible
And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare seed--perhaps of wheat or something else.

New Heart English Bible
That which you sow, you do not sow the body that will be, but a bare grain, maybe of wheat, or of some other kind.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the thing which you sow is not that body which is going to be, for you sow a naked grain of wheat or barley or of other grain.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
What you plant, whether it's wheat or something else, is only a seed. It doesn't have the form that the plant will have.

New American Standard 1977
and that which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of something else.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and that which thou sowest, thou sowest not the body that shall be, but bare grain: it may be of wheat or of some other grain;

King James 2000 Bible
And that which you sow, you sow not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may by chance be wheat, or of some other grain:

American King James Version
And that which you sow, you sow not that body that shall be, but bore grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:

American Standard Version
and that which thou sowest, thou sowest not the body that shall be, but a bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other kind;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not the body that shall be; but bare grain, as of wheat, or of some of the rest.

Darby Bible Translation
And what thou sowest, thou sowest not the body that shall be, but a bare grain: it may be of wheat, or some one of the rest:

English Revised Version
and that which thou sowest, thou sowest not the body that shall be, but a bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other kind;

Webster's Bible Translation
And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain; it may be of wheat, or of some other grain:

Weymouth New Testament
and as for what you sow, it is not the plant which is to be that you are sowing, but a bare grain, of wheat (it may be)

World English Bible
That which you sow, you don't sow the body that will be, but a bare grain, maybe of wheat, or of some other kind.

Young's Literal Translation
and that which thou dost sow, not the body that shall be dost thou sow, but bare grain, it may be of wheat, or of some one of the others,
Study Bible
The Resurrection Body
36You fool! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37And what you sow is not the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or something else. 38But God gives it a body as He has designed, and to each kind of seed He gives its own body.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 15:36
You fool! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.

1 Corinthians 15:38
But God gives it a body as He has designed, and to each kind of seed He gives its own body.

Treasury of Scripture

And that which you sow, you sow not that body that shall be, but bore grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:







Lexicon
And
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

what
(ho)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3739: Who, which, what, that.

you sow
σπείρεις (speireis)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4687: To sow, spread, scatter. Probably strengthened from spao; to scatter, i.e. Sow.

[is] not
οὐ (ou)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

the
τὸ (to)
Article - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

body
σῶμα (sōma)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4983: Body, flesh; the body of the Church. From sozo; the body, used in a very wide application, literally or figuratively.

that
τὸ (to)
Article - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

will be,
γενησόμενον (genēsomenon)
Verb - Future Participle Middle - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 1096: A prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be, i.e. to become, used with great latitude.

but
ἀλλὰ (alla)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 235: But, except, however. Neuter plural of allos; properly, other things, i.e. contrariwise.

[just]
σπείρεις (speireis)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4687: To sow, spread, scatter. Probably strengthened from spao; to scatter, i.e. Sow.

a seed,
κόκκον (kokkon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2848: A kernel, grain, seed. Apparently a primary word; a kernel of seed.

perhaps
εἰ (ei)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

of wheat
σίτου (sitou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4621: Wheat, grain. Also plural irregular neuter sita of uncertain derivation; grain, especially wheat.

or
(ē)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2228: Or, than. A primary particle of distinction between two connected terms; disjunctive, or; comparative, than.

something
τινος (tinos)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 5100: Any one, some one, a certain one or thing. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.

else.
λοιπῶν (loipōn)
Adjective - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3062: Left, left behind, the remainder, the rest, the others. Masculine plural of a derivative of leipo; remaining ones.
(37, 38) God giveth it a body.--Here it is implied that, though the seed grows up, as we say, "in the ordinary course of Nature," it is God who not only has originally established but continually sustains that order. Each seed rises with its own "body;" a corn seed grows up into corn, an acorn into an oak. All through this passage the word "body" is used in a general sense for "organism," so as to keep strictly and vividly before the reader the ultimate truth to illustrate which these analogies are introduced. The points of analogy between the sowing and growth of seed and the life and resurrection of man are not, as some writers put it--(1) the seed is sown, and man is buried; (2) the seed rots, and man's body decays; (3) the seed grows up, and man is raised. Such a series of analogies are misleading, for there is no necessity for the body of man to decay, but only a necessity for it to die (1Corinthians 15:51-52). The points of analogy are these:--(1) The seed is sown in the earth, and man is born into the world; (2) the seed dies and decays--man dies; (3) the seed grows through its very decay--man rises through death.

Verse 37. - Not that body that shall be. This deep remark should have checked the idly and offensively materialistic form in which the doctrine of the resurrection is often taught. But bare grain. Wickliffe, "a naked corne." In this passage, almost alone in all his Epistles, St. Paul, who does not seem to have been at all a close observer of external phenomena, uses metaphors drawn from natural life. His usual metaphors are chiefly architectural and agonistic - derived, that is, from buildings and games. That he was not a student of nature arose, no doubt, partly kern his Semitic cast of mind, but chiefly from his being short sighted, and from his having spent most of his early life in large cities. It may chance; if it so happen, (see note on 1 Corinthians 14:10). The English word "chance" occurs but four times in the whole Bible (1 Samuel 6:9; Ecclesiastes 9:11). In Luke 10:31 the words rendered "by chance" mean rather "by coincidence." 15:35-50 1. How are the dead raised up? that is, by what means? How can they be raised? 2. As to the bodies which shall rise. Will it be with the like shape, and form, and stature, and members, and qualities? The former objection is that of those who opposed the doctrine, the latter of curious doubters. To the first the answer is, This was to be brought about by Divine power; that power which all may see does somewhat like it, year after year, in the death and revival of the corn. It is foolish to question the Almighty power of God to raise the dead, when we see it every day quickening and reviving things that are dead. To the second inquiry; The grain undergoes a great change; and so will the dead, when they rise and live again. The seed dies, though a part of it springs into new life, though how it is we cannot fully understand. The works of creation and providence daily teach us to be humble, as well as to admire the Creator's wisdom and goodness. There is a great variety among other bodies, as there is among plants. There is a variety of glory among heavenly bodies. The bodies of the dead, when they rise, will be fitted for the heavenly bodies. The bodies of the dead, when they rise, will be fitted for the heavenly state; and there will be a variety of glories among them. Burying the dead, is like committing seed to the earth, that it may spring out of it again. Nothing is more loathsome than a dead body. But believers shall at the resurrection have bodies, made fit to be for ever united with spirits made perfect. To God all things are possible. He is the Author and Source of spiritual life and holiness, unto all his people, by the supply of his Holy Spirit to the soul; and he will also quicken and change the body by his Spirit. The dead in Christ shall not only rise, but shall rise thus gloriously changed. The bodies of the saints, when they rise again, will be changed. They will be then glorious and spiritual bodies, fitted to the heavenly world and state, where they are ever afterwards to dwell. The human body in its present form, and with its wants and weaknesses, cannot enter or enjoy the kingdom of God. Then let us not sow to the flesh, of which we can only reap corruption. And the body follows the state of the soul. He, therefore, who neglects the life of the soul, casts away his present good; he who refuses to live to God, squanders all he has.
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