1 Corinthians 15:41 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Corinthians 15:41, NIV: The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.

1 Corinthians 15:41, ESV: There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.

1 Corinthians 15:41, KJV: There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.

1 Corinthians 15:41, NASB: There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.

1 Corinthians 15:41, NLT: The sun has one kind of glory, while the moon and stars each have another kind. And even the stars differ from each other in their glory.

1 Corinthians 15:41, CSB: There is a splendor of the sun, another of the moon, and another of the stars; in fact, one star differs from another star in splendor.

What does 1 Corinthians 15:41 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul is describing to the Corinthians how the body of a resurrected believer will differ from our pre-death bodies. In part, this is compared to the difference between a seed and the plant which grows from it (1 Corinthians 15:37). He has shown that there is a difference between all the different kinds of bodies on earth: human, animals, fish, birds, and so forth. There is also a difference between our earthly kinds of bodies and the heavenly bodies of the planets and stars (1 Corinthians 15:39–40).

He now declares that even those heavenly bodies differ in the kind of glory they possess. The sun and moon each have a different kind of glory, and the glory of each star also differs from that of the other stars. Every created thing reflects the glory of the creator, even as it bears a glory of its own given to it by God. Paul will show in the following verses how the glory of all these bodies is unique, just as it will be for the resurrected bodies of the believers.