1 Corinthians 15:39 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Corinthians 15:39, NIV: Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another.

1 Corinthians 15:39, ESV: For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish.

1 Corinthians 15:39, KJV: All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.

1 Corinthians 15:39, NASB: All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of mankind, another flesh of animals, another flesh of birds, and another of fish.

1 Corinthians 15:39, NLT: Similarly there are different kinds of flesh--one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish.

1 Corinthians 15:39, CSB: Not all flesh is the same flesh; there is one flesh for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish.

What does 1 Corinthians 15:39 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul continues to answer and instruct those in Corinth who have been saying there is no resurrection from the dead for Christians (1 Corinthians 15:12). He has called "foolish" the one who rejects belief in resurrection based on a lack of understanding about how God could resurrect a human body. The objection seems to assume Christian "resurrection" means restoring movement and awareness to a decayed corpse.

In contrast, Scripture indicates that the resurrected body will not be some lesser form of the pre-death body. Rather, the form into which a believer is re-born is the ultimate form of their body! This, much like the plant is the ultimate form of the seed. Beyond that, though, the resurrected body will be of its own "kind," meaning that it will be as different as a bird is from a fish.

Taken on its own, Paul's statement here is obvious: human and animal "flesh" are different, belonging to different creatures. He will develop the point, though, to show that our resurrected bodies will be substantially different from our pre-death bodies.