1 Corinthians 15:55
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English Standard Version
“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?

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?

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?"

1 Corinthians 15:55 Parallel
Vincent's Word Studies

O death, where, etc.

From Hosea 13:14, a free version of the Sept.: "Where is thy penalty, O Death? Where thy sting, O Hades? Heb.: Where are thy plagues, O Death? Where thy pestilence, O Sheol?

O grave (ἅδη)

Which is the reading of the Septuagint. The correct reading is θάνατε O death. So Rev. Hades does not occur in Paul's writings. In Romans 10:7 he uses abyss. Edwards thinks that this is intentional, and suggests that Paul, writing to Greeks, may have shunned the ill-omened name which people dreaded to utter. So Plato: "People in general use the word (Pluto) as a euphemism for Hades, which their fears lead them to derive erroneously from ἀειδής the invisible" ("Cratylus," 403).

Sting (κέντρον)

In the Septuagint for the Hebrew pestilence. See on Revelation 9:9. The image is that of a beast with a sting; not death with a goad, driving men.

1 Corinthians 15:55 Parallel Commentaries

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O death.

Hosea 13:14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be your plagues; O grave...


Acts 9:5 And he said, Who are you, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom you persecute: it is hard for you to kick against the pricks.

Revelation 9:10 And they had tails like to scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.


grave. or, hell.

Luke 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and sees Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

Acts 2:27 Because you will not leave my soul in hell, neither will you suffer your Holy One to see corruption.

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


is thy victory.

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

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 his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.

Ecclesiastes 2:15,16 Then said I in my heart, As it happens to the fool, so it happens even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart...

Ecclesiastes 3:19 For that which befalls the sons of men befalls beasts; even one thing befalls them: as the one dies, so dies the other; yes...

Ecclesiastes 8:8 There is no man that has power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither has he power in the day of death...

Ecclesiastes 9:5,6 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward...

Romans 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression...

Cross References
Hosea 13:14
I shall ransom them from the power of Sheol; I shall redeem them from Death. O Death, where are your plagues? O Sheol, where is your sting? Compassion is hidden from my eyes.

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

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