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1 Corinthians 15:26

    1 Corinthians 15:26 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The last enemy that shall be abolished is death.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The last power to come to an end is death.

    Webster's Revision

    The last enemy that shall be abolished is death.

    World English Bible

    The last enemy that will be abolished is death.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The last enemy that shall be abolished is death.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 15:26

    The last enemy - Death, shall be destroyed; καταργειται, shall be counter-worked, subverted, and finally overturned. But death cannot be destroyed by there being simply no farther death; death can only be destroyed and annihilated by a general resurrection; if there be no general resurrection, it is most evident that death will still retain his empire. Therefore, the fact that death shall be destroyed assures the fact that there shall be a general resurrection; and this is a proof, also, that after the resurrection there shall be no more death.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 15:26

    The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death - The other foes of God should be subdued "before" the final resurrection. The enmity of the human heart should be subdued by the triumphs of the gospel. The scepter of Satan should be broken and wrested from him. The false systems of religion that had tyrannized over people should be destroyed. The gospel should have spread everywhere, and the world be converted to God. And nothing should remain but to "subdue" or destroy death, and that would be by the resurrection. It would be:

    (1) because the resurrection would be a triumph over death, showing that there was one of greater power, and that the sceptre would be wrested from the hands of death.

    (2) because death would cease to reign. No more would ever die. All that should be raised up would live forever; and the effects of sin and rebellion in this world would be thus forever ended, and the kingdom of God restored. Death is here personified as a tyrant, exercising despotic power over the human race; and "he" is to be subdued.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Corinthians 15:26

    15:26 The last enemy that is destroyed is death - Namely, after Satan, Heb 2:14, and sin, 1Cor 15:56, are destroyed. In the same order they prevailed. Satan brought in sin, and sin brought forth death. And Christ, when he of old engaged with these enemies, first conquered Satan, then sin, in his death; and, lastly, death, in his resurrection. In the same order he delivers all the faithful from them, yea, and destroys these enemies themselves. Death he so destroys that it shall be no more; sin and Satan, so that they shall no more hurt his people.