1 Corinthians 15:34 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Corinthians 15:34, NIV: Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God--I say this to your shame.

1 Corinthians 15:34, ESV: Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.

1 Corinthians 15:34, KJV: Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

1 Corinthians 15:34, NASB: Sober up morally and stop sinning, for some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.

1 Corinthians 15:34, NLT: Think carefully about what is right, and stop sinning. For to your shame I say that some of you don't know God at all.

1 Corinthians 15:34, CSB: Come to your senses and stop sinning; for some people are ignorant about God. I say this to your shame.

What does 1 Corinthians 15:34 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul has moved from asking pointed questions to giving pointed commands to those who say there is no resurrection for believers. In the previous verse, he told them not to be deceived by those who believed such things. Now he gets even more blunt by telling them to wake up from their drunken stupor. In modern terms, this might be said as "snap out of it!"

Paul isn't talking about actual alcohol-induced drunkenness, but about a stupor of the soul and mind. This group had allowed themselves to get bogged down in theological and philosophical arguments. Instead, they should have held to the clear truth that because Christ was raised physically from the dead, all those who belong to Him will be raised, as well.

Paul commands them to stop sinning by entertaining this false idea in their hearts and minds. They should not allow it to lead them in the direction of immoral actions. The bottom line is that, no matter how clever they imagine themselves to be in worldly terms, they don't have the right knowledge of God. Paul insists that they should be ashamed of this. Knowing and believing God is the only path to right living.