1 Corinthians 15:55
 
1 Corinthians 15:55
(KJV) O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
(1611 KJV) O death, where is thy sting? O graue, where is thy victorie?
(1587 Geneva Bible) O death where is thy sting? O graue where is thy victorie?
 
Counterfeit Versions
(1881 RV) O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?
(1901 ASV) O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?
(AMP) O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?
(CEB) Where is your victory, Death? Where is your sting, Death?
(CEV) Where is its victory? Where is its sting?"
(1899 Douay-Rheims) O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?
(ESV) "O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?"
(GNB) Where, Death, is your victory? Where, Death, is your power to hurt?
(HCSB) O Death, where is your victory? O Death, where is your sting?
(THE MESSAGE) Who got the last word, oh, Death? Oh, Death, who's afraid of you now?
(NASV) O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?”
(NCV) "Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your pain?"
(NIRV) "Death, where is the battle you thought you were winning? Death, where is your sting?"
(NIV) “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”
(NLV) O death, where is your power? O death, where are your pains?
(NLT) O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?
(RSV) "O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?"
(NAB-Roman Catholic) Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?
(NWT-Jehovah’s Witnesses) “Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting?”
 
Textus Receptus - Traditional Text
που σου θανατε το κεντρον που σου αδη το νικος
 
Hort-Westcott - Critical Text
που σου θανατε το νικος που σου θανατε το κεντρον
 
Corrupted Manuscripts
This verse is corrupted in the following manuscripts:
Aleph 01 - Sinaiticus - Fourth century
B 03 - Vaticanus - Fourth century
C 04 - Ephraemi Rescriptus - Fifth century
D 06 - Paris: Claromontanus - Sixth century
 
Manuscripts which agree with the Textus Receptus for this verse
Byzantine Text (450-1450 A.D.)
Aleph 01 - Sinaiticus - Fourth century
A 02 - Alexandrinus - Fifth century
K 018 - Ninth century
L 020 - Ninth century
P 025 - Ninth century
Psi 044 - Eight/Ninth/ century
 
Published Critical Greek Texts with Corruptions
Reads “O death” instead of “O grave”
Lachmann, Karl - 1842
Tischendorf, Constantine - 1869
Tregelles, Samuel - 1857
Alford, Henry - 1849 revised in 1871
Westcott and Hort - 1881
Nestle - 1927 as revised in seventeenth edition in 1941
Nestle-Aland - 1979 - Twenty Sixth Edition
Nestle-Aland - 1993 - Twenty Seventh Edition
United Bible Societies - 1983 - Fourth Edition
 
Affected Teaching
One of the greatest promises in the Bible for the Christian is that just as the Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead, the Christian will be raised from the dead on the last day. (Hosea 13:14 KJV) I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes. The Apostle Paul and Hosea had much in common when they both wrote jubilantly about the abolition of death. The sting of death has disappeared because of the resurrection of Christ and the future resurrection of His followers. The grave may have a temporary victory on this side because it holds the people we love and it stops many ministries from continuing but in the light of the resurrection, where does the grave hold any victory? The grave had no power over Christ and it will have no power over the Believers. Hosea mentioned the grave but the modern versions try to make the connection by omitting the term “grave” and replacing it with death. Once again the King James Bible shows good harmony among passages.

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