1 Cor. 15:20 KJV (With Strong’s)

de (Greek #1161)
but, and, etc.
KJV usage: also, and, but, moreover, now (often unexpressed in English).
Pronounce: deh
Origin: a primary particle (adversative or continuative)
nuni (Greek #3570)
just now
KJV usage: now.
Pronounce: noo-nee'
Origin: a prolonged form of 3568 for emphasis
isg Christ
Christos (Greek #5547)
anointed, i.e. the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus
KJV usage: Christ.
Pronounce: khris-tos'
Origin: from 5548
egeiro (Greek #1453)
to waken (transitively or intransitively), i.e. rouse (literally, from sleep, from sitting or lying, from disease, from death; or figuratively, from obscurity, inactivity, ruins, nonexistence)
KJV usage: awake, lift (up), raise (again, up), rear up, (a-)rise (again, up), stand, take up.
Pronounce: eg-i'-ro
Origin: probably akin to the base of 58 (through the idea of collecting one's faculties)
ek (Greek #1537)
or ἐξ (ex) a primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence action or motion proceeds), from, out (of place, time, or cause; literal or figurative; direct or remote)
KJV usage: after, among, X are, at, betwixt(-yond), by (the means of), exceedingly, (+ abundantly above), for(- th), from (among, forth, up), + grudgingly, + heartily, X heavenly, X hereby, + very highly, in, ...ly, (because, by reason) of, off (from), on, out among (from, of), over, since, X thenceforth, through, X unto, X vehemently, with(-out). Often used in composition, with the same general import; often of completion.
Pronounce: ek
the dead
nekros (Greek #3498)
dead (literally or figuratively; also as noun)
KJV usage: dead.
Pronounce: nek-ros'
Origin: from an apparently primary νέκυς (a corpse)
, and become
ginomai (Greek #1096)
to cause to be ("gen"-erate), i.e. (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literal, figurative, intensive, etc.)
KJV usage: arise, be assembled, be(-come, -fall, -have self), be brought (to pass), (be) come (to pass), continue, be divided, draw, be ended, fall, be finished, follow, be found, be fulfilled, + God forbid, grow, happen, have, be kept, be made, be married, be ordained to be, partake, pass, be performed, be published, require, seem, be showed, X soon as it was, sound, be taken, be turned, use, wax, will, would, be wrought.
Pronounce: ghin'-om-ahee
Origin: a prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb
the firstfruits
aparche (Greek #536)
a beginning of sacrifice, i.e. the (Jewish) first-fruit (figuratively)
KJV usage: first-fruits .
Pronounce: ap-ar-khay'
Origin: from a compound of 575 and 756
h of them
ho (Greek #3588)
the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom)
KJV usage: the, this, that, one, he, she, it, etc.
Pronounce: ho
Origin: ἡ (hay), and the neuter τό (to) in all their inflections
that slept
koimao (Greek #2837)
to put to sleep, i.e. (passively or reflexively) to slumber; figuratively, to decease
KJV usage: (be a-, fall a-, fall on) sleep, be dead.
Pronounce: koy-mah'-o
Origin: from 2749

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Ministry on This Verse

the first-fruits.
 Here He is viewed as man who has undergone death; and God intervenes, that He may not remain in it, because here the object is, not to show forth the glory of the Lord’s Person, but to prove our resurrection, since He, a dead man, has been raised. (1 Corinthians 15 by J.N. Darby)
 Here He is viewed, not in His power to raise His enemies for judgment, but as the blessed spring of the resurrection of His own, firstfruits of those fallen asleep. Consequently He is said to be, as He was, raised from out of (ἐκ) dead men, as His saints will be at His coming or presence. (Notes on 1 Corinthians 15:20-28 by W. Kelly)
 He is said to be, as He was, raised from out of (ἐκ) dead men, as His saints will be at His coming or presence. In either case it is not only ἀνάστασις νεκρῶν, but ἐκ νεκρῶν (that is, resurrection of, but from among dead men,), because in both cases other dead remain in their graves (Notes on 1 Corinthians 15:20-28 by W. Kelly)

J. N. Darby Translation

(But now Christ is raised from among the dead, first-fruits of those fallen asleep.

W. Kelly Translation

But now is Christ raised from [the] dead, first-fruit of those fallen asleep1.

WK Translation Notes

^ first-fruit: ἐγέτο (Text. Rec.) is added by Dcorr.KL, most cursives, Syrr., Goth., etc., contrary to all the rest. (Notes on 1 Cor., p.259)
^ first-fruit: One omission, of ἐγένετο, is notorious (Bible Treasury 13:367)