1 Corinthians 15:31 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Corinthians 15:31, NIV: I face death every day--yes, just as surely as I boast about you in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:31, ESV: I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day!

1 Corinthians 15:31, KJV: I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

1 Corinthians 15:31, NASB: I affirm, brothers and sisters, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, that I die daily.

1 Corinthians 15:31, NLT: For I swear, dear brothers and sisters, that I face death daily. This is as certain as my pride in what Christ Jesus our Lord has done in you.

1 Corinthians 15:31, CSB: I face death every day, as surely as I may boast about you, brothers and sisters, in Christ Jesus our Lord.

What does 1 Corinthians 15:31 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The mission to take the gospel to those who have never heard sometimes results in a dangerous and costly life. The apostles were especially persecuted and troubled. Paul knew this better than most (2 Corinthians 11:24–28). He has been constantly under threat from Jewish religious leaders and Roman government officials, in addition to continuing the often under-funded work of a traveling evangelist and missionary.

Paul tells the Corinthians in this verse that he boasts about their coming to Christ as one of the success stories of his ministry. All of that would be worthless, he implies, if there was no resurrection from the dead. There would be no point to his dying "every day," likely meaning that he faced the real possibility of death constantly for the sake of Christ.

The point Paul makes here is one of his own sincerity. Would he continue to do any of this if Christ had not been resurrected and if none of those who follow Christ would be, either?