1 Corinthians 15:51
New International Version
Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed--

New Living Translation
But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed!

English Standard Version
Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

Berean Study Bible
Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—

Berean Literal Bible
Behold, I tell to you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed--

New American Standard Bible
Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed,

King James Bible
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

Christian Standard Bible
Listen, I am telling you a mystery: We will not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed,

Contemporary English Version
I will explain a mystery to you. Not every one of us will die, but we will all be changed.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Listen! I am telling you a mystery: We will not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed,

International Standard Version
Let me tell you a secret. Not all of us will die, but all of us will be changed—

NET Bible
Listen, I will tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed--

New Heart English Bible
Look, I tell you a mystery. We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Behold, I tell you a mystery: we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be transformed,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I'm telling you a mystery. Not all of us will die, but we will all be changed.

New American Standard 1977
Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, I show you a mystery: We shall all indeed be raised, but we shall not all be changed;

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

American King James Version
Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

American Standard Version
Behold, I tell you a mystery: We all shall not sleep, but we shall all be changed,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold, I tell you a mystery. We shall all indeed rise again: but we shall not all be changed.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all fall asleep, but we shall all be changed,

English Revised Version
Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

Weymouth New Testament
I tell you a truth hitherto kept secret: we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

World English Bible
Behold, I tell you a mystery. We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed,

Young's Literal Translation
lo, I tell you a secret; we indeed shall not all sleep, and we all shall be changed;
Study Bible
Where, O Death, is Your Victory?
50Now I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 13:2
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have absolute faith so as to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

2 Corinthians 5:2
For in this tent we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling,

2 Corinthians 5:4
So while we are in this tent, we groan under our burdens, because we do not wish to be unclothed but clothed, so that our mortality may be swallowed up by life.

Treasury of Scripture

Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

I shew.

1 Corinthians 2:7
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

1 Corinthians 4:1
Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.

1 Corinthians 13:2
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

We shall not.

1 Corinthians 15:6,18,20
After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep…

1 Thessalonians 4:14-17
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him…

changed.

Philippians 3:21
Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.







Lexicon
Listen,
Ἰδοὺ (Idou)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2400: See! Lo! Behold! Look! Second person singular imperative middle voice of eido; used as imperative lo!

I tell
λέγω (legō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

you
ὑμῖν (hymin)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

a mystery:
μυστήριον (mystērion)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3466: From a derivative of muo; a secret or 'mystery'.

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

all
πάντες (pantes)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

sleep,
κοιμηθησόμεθα (koimēthēsometha)
Verb - Future Indicative Passive - 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2837: From keimai; to put to sleep, i.e. to slumber; figuratively, to decease.

but
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

we will all be changed—
ἀλλαγησόμεθα (allagēsometha)
Verb - Future Indicative Passive - 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 236: To change, alter, exchange, transform. From allos; to make different.
(51) Behold, I shew you a mystery.--It is better to take these words as referring to what follows rather than (as some have done) to the preceding statement. A mystery means something which up to this time has been kept concealed, but is now made manifest (Romans 11:25; Ephesians 3:3-5).

We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be Changed.--There are here a considerable variety of readings in the Greek, but the text from which our English version is taken is probably correct. The Apostle believed that the end of the world might come in the lifetime of some then living. We shall not all, he says, necessarily sleep, but we shall all be changed. The change from the earthly to the spiritual body is absolutely necessary. To some it will come through the ordinary process of death; to those who are alive at Christ's advent it will come suddenly, and in a moment. The dead shall be raised, but we (the living) shall be changed.

Verse 51. - I show you a mystery. I make known to you a truth now made known to me by revelation. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. There is a great diversity of readings in this verse, noticed even by St. Jerome and St. Augustine. St. Jerome says that all the Latin manuscripts had "we shall all rise," and that the Greek manuscripts wavered between "we shall all sleep" and "we shall not all sleep." Some Greek manuscripts had "we shall all rise, but we shall not all be changed." This reading cannot be right, for it contradicts the next verse. There is little doubt that the reading of the Authorized version is right. It accounts for all the variations. They arose from a desire to shelter St. Paul from an apparent mistake, since he and his readers did all sleep. But

(1) St. Paul may have written under that conception of the imminence of Christ's personal return which he expresses in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, where he evidently imagines that the majority of those to whom he was writing would be of those who would be "alive, and remain unto the coming of the Lord;" or

(2) even if he no longer entertained that expectation, the "we" may naturally apply to the continuity of the Christian Church. For in 2 Corinthians 4:14 he uses "us" of those who shall die and be raised. The universal expectation of the immediate return of Christ in the first century rose

(1) from their non apprehension of the truth that the close of the old dispensation was the "coming" to which our Lord had primarily referred in his great eschatological discourse (Matthew 24:34), and

(2) from the fact that watchfulness was intended to be the attitude of the Church, and the day and hour of Christ's coming were kept absolutely unrevealed (Matthew 24:36; Matthew 25:13). 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.
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