1 Corinthians 15:54 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Corinthians 15:54, NIV: When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: 'Death has been swallowed up in victory.'

1 Corinthians 15:54, ESV: When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

1 Corinthians 15:54, KJV: So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

1 Corinthians 15:54, NASB: But when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written: 'DEATH HAS BEEN SWALLOWED UP in victory.

1 Corinthians 15:54, NLT: Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: 'Death is swallowed up in victory.

1 Corinthians 15:54, CSB: When this corruptible body is clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal body is clothed with immortality, then the saying that is written will take place:Death has been swallowed up in victory.

What does 1 Corinthians 15:54 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The significance of this moment, still in the future, cannot be over-emphasized. Paul is speaking of the moment when all God's promises to share eternal glory with those who come to Him by faith in Christ will begin to come true. In this moment, every single person who has ever believed in Jesus, dead and alive, will be finally and fully transformed into the glorified reality God has planned for His children since before time began (1 Corinthians 15:42–44; 1 Thessalonians 4:15–17; 1 John 3:2).

Our death-stained natural bodies will be gone forever, replaced by glorified, immortal bodies that will exist eternally with our Father. Finally, the ancient prophecies will be fulfilled. Paul paraphrases two of those statements in this and the following verse. First, he references Isaiah 25:8 to declare that this will be the moment when death is defeated for good, when it is "swallowed up in victory."