The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible1 Corinthians 15:37
And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that
The sower, for instance, does not take a stalk of
wheat in its blade, and ear, and full corn in the ear, encompassed
with the husk, and sow it in the earth, which is the body or form in
which it appears when it rises up again, and is come to its full
but bare grain (or naked grain) it may chance of wheat, or some
wheat, or any other grain, is cast into the earth
naked, beat out of the husk; and that selfsame grain rises up
again, clothed with additional verdure, beauty, and fruitfulness;
and so the body which comes out of its mother's womb naked, and
returns naked again, (Job 1:21) to which the apostle seems to allude,
will rise again the same body, though with additional glories and
excellencies; so that if it should be asked, how is it possible that
a dead body can be raised up again? the possibility of it may be
seen, in the quickening and raising up of a grain of wheat, that
first rots and dies; and if it be inquired with what body the dead
will be raised, it may in some measure be observed in this instance,
that though it will be the same body, yet with different and
excelling qualities: this simile seems to have been much in use
among the Jews, to illustrate this doctrine, and we have some traces
of it still in their writings F15:
``Cleopatra the queen asked R. Meir, saying, I know that the
dead shall live, for it is written, "they of the city
shall flourish like grass of the earth", (Psalms 72:16) but
when they rise, shall they rise naked, or shall they rise
in their clothes? to which he replied, much more than
wheat: for as wheat is buried, (hmwre) , "naked", it comes
forth, (or springs up,) with many clothings; and how much
more the righteous, who are buried in their clothes?''
and again F16,
``says R. Eliezer, all the dead shall stand in the
resurrection of the dead, and shall rise with their
garments on; from whence do you learn this? from the seed
of the earth, especially from wheat; for as wheat is
buried "naked", and comes forth with many clothings, much
more the righteous, who are buried in their clothes.''
F15 T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol, 90. 2.
F16 Pirke Eliezer, c. 33.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 15:37". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=1co&chapter=015&verse=037>. 1999.