Comparing 1 Corinthians 15:54-55

1 Corinthians 15:54-55 GW

When this body that decays is changed into a body that cannot decay, and this mortal body is changed into a body that will live forever, then the teaching of Scripture will come true:
“Death is turned into victory!
Death, where is your victory?
Death, where is your sting?”
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
Meaning-for-Meaning (Closest Natural Equivalence)

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.”
“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
English Standard Version (ESV)
Word-for-Word (Formal Equivalence)

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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.
O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
New Living Translation (NLT)
Thought-for-Thought (Functional Equivalence)

In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal. Then the saying will come true:
Death swallowed by triumphant Life!
Who got the last word, oh, Death?
Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now?
The Message (MSG)
Paraphrase (Retelling)

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