King David prophesied about resurrection

Bible passage: Psalm 16:8-11
Prophet: David
Written: About 3000 years ago

In Psalm 16, King David prophesied about the resurrection of Jesus:

I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. (Psalm 16:8-11, KJV)

The word corruption in verse 10 refers to the decay of a body after death. Resurrection involves restoring a body to life and reuniting it with its soul.

Peter, who was one of the Apostles, said in the New Testament book of Acts, chapter 2, that David was speaking prophetically about the resurrection of Jesus:

He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. (Acts 2:31-32, KJV)

When Jesus was about to die on the cross, about 2,000 years ago, he committed his spirit into the hands of God the Father (Luke 23:46). His body was later placed in a tomb. But, God did not abandon him to the grave. Jesus rose from the dead on the third day.

In addition to Psalm 16, there are other Old Testament prophecies that allude to a future bodily resurrection, including one in Daniel 12:1-3, and another in Isaiah 26:19, and another in Job 19:25.

- Research and commentary by Ray Konig, author of the book 100 Prophecies.