1 Corinthians 3:15
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New International Version
If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved--even though only as one escaping through the flames.

New Living Translation
But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.

English Standard Version
If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

New American Standard Bible
If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

King James Bible
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If anyone's work is burned up, it will be lost, but he will be saved; yet it will be like an escape through fire.

International Standard Version
If his work is burned up, he will suffer loss. However, he himself will be saved, but it will be like going through fire.

NET Bible
If someone's work is burned up, he will suffer loss. He himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And whosever work will burn up will suffer loss, but he shall escape, but as if by fire.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If his work is burned up, he will suffer [the loss]. However, he will be saved, though it will be like going through a fire.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If anyone's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss, but he himself shall be saved, yet so as by fire.

King James 2000 Bible
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

American King James Version
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

American Standard Version
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as through fire.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If any man's work burn, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as by fire.

Darby Bible Translation
If the work of any one shall be consumed, he shall suffer loss, but *he* shall be saved, but so as through [the] fire.

English Revised Version
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as through fire.

Webster's Bible Translation
If any man's work shall be burned, he will suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Weymouth New Testament
If any one's work is burnt up, he will suffer the loss of it; yet he will himself be rescued, but only, as it were, by passing through the fire.

World English Bible
If any man's work is burned, he will suffer loss, but he himself will be saved, but as through fire.

Young's Literal Translation
if of any the work is burned up, he shall suffer loss; and himself shall be saved, but so as through fire.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:10-15 The apostle was a wise master-builder; but the grace of God made him such. Spiritual pride is abominable; it is using the greatest favours of God, to feed our own vanity, and make idols of ourselves. But let every man take heed; there may be bad building on a good foundation. Nothing must be laid upon it, but what the foundation will bear, and what is of a piece with it. Let us not dare to join a merely human or a carnal life with a Divine faith, the corruption of sin with the profession of Christianity. Christ is a firm, abiding, and immovable Rock of ages, every way able to bear all the weight that God himself or the sinner can lay upon him; neither is there salvation in any other. Leave out the doctrine of his atonement, and there is no foundation for our hopes. But of those who rest on this foundation, there are two sorts. Some hold nothing but the truth as it is in Jesus, and preach nothing else. Others build on the good foundation what will not abide the test, when the day of trail comes. We may be mistaken in ourselves and others; but there is a day coming that will show our actions in the true light, without covering or disguise. Those who spread true and pure religion in all its branches, and whose work will abide in the great day, shall receive a reward. And how great! how much exceeding their deserts! There are others, whose corrupt opinions and doctrines, or vain inventions and usages in the worship of God, shall be made known, disowned, and rejected, in that day. This is plainly meant of a figurative fire, not of a real one; for what real fire can consume religious rites or doctrines? And it is to try every man's works, those of Paul and Apollos, as well as others. Let us consider the tendency of our undertakings, compare them with God's word, and judge ourselves, that we be not judged of the Lord.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - He shall suffer loss. He shall not receive the full reward to which he might otherwise look (2 John 1:8). He himself shall be saved. It is an inexpressible source of comfort to us, amid the weakness and ignorance of our lives, to know that if we have only erred through human frailty and feebleness, while yet we desired to be sincere and faithful, the work will be burnt, yet the workman will be saved. Some of the Fathers gave to this beautiful verse the shockingly perverted meaning that "the workman would be preserved alive for endless torments," "salted with fire" in order to endure interminable agonies. The meaning is impossible, for it reverses the sense of the word "saved;" and makes it equivalent to "damned;" but the interpretation is an awful proof of the distortions to which a merciless human rigorism and a hard, self styled orthodoxy have sometimes subjected the Word of God. Yet so as by fire; rather, through or by means of fire (διὰ πυρός). We may be, as it were, "snatched as a brand from the burning" (Zechariah 3:2; Amos 4:11; Jude 1:23), and "scarcely" saved (1 Peter 4:18). Similarly it is said in 1 Peter 3:20 that Noah was saved "through water" (δι ὕδατος). The ship is lost, the sailor saved; the workman is saved, the work is burned.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If any man's work shall be burnt,.... If any minister's doctrine he has preached shall be destroyed and disappear, shall be disapproved of, and rejected by the churches, not being able, to bear the light and heat of the fire of God's word:

he shall suffer loss; of all his labour and pains he has been at, in collecting together such trifling, useless, and inconsistent things; and of all that glory and popular applause he might expect from men, on account of them, and which was the snare that drew him into such a way of preaching:

but he himself shall be saved; with an everlasting salvation; not by his ministerial labours, much less by his wood, hay, and stubble, which will be all burnt up; but through his being, notwithstanding all the imperfections of his ministry, upon the foundation Christ:

yet so as by fire; with much difficulty, and will be scarcely saved; see 1 Peter 4:17 with great danger, loss, and shame; as a man that is burnt out of house and home, he escapes himself with his own life, but loses all about him: so the Syriac version reads it, , "as out of the fire": see Zechariah 3:2. Or the sense is, that he shall be tried by the fire of the word, and convinced by the light of it of the errors, irregularities, and inconsistencies of his ministry; either in his time of life and health, or on a death bed; and shall have all his wood, hay, and stubble burnt up, for nothing of this kind shall he carry with him in his judgment to heaven; only the gold, silver, and precious stones; and will find that the latter doctrines, and not the former, will only support him in the views of death and eternity.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. If … be burnt—if any teacher's work consist of such materials as the fire will destroy [Alford].

suffer loss—that is, forfeit the special "reward"; not that he shall lose salvation (which is altogether a free gift, not a "reward" or wages), for he remains still on the foundation (1Co 3:12; 2Jo 6).

saved; yet so as by fire—rather, "so as through fire" (Zec 3:2; Am 4:11; Jude 23). "Saved, yet not without fire" (Ro 2:27) [Bengel]. As a builder whose building, not the foundation, is consumed by fire, escapes, but with the loss of his work [Alford]; as the shipwrecked merchant, though he has lost his merchandise, is saved, though having to pass through the waves [Bengel]; Mal 3:1, 2; 4:1, give the key to explain the imagery. The "Lord suddenly coming to His temple" in flaming "fire," all the parts of the building which will not stand that fire will be consumed; the builders will escape with personal salvation, but with the loss of their work, through the midst of the conflagration [Alford]. Again, a distinction is recognized between minor and fundamental doctrines (if we regard the superstructure as representing the doctrines superadded to the elementary essentials); a man may err as to the former, and yet be saved, but not so as to the latter (compare Php 3:15).

1 Corinthians 3:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
Christ the Only Foundation
14If any man's work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. 15If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
Cross References
Job 23:10
But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.

Psalm 66:10
For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver.

Psalm 66:12
You let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.

Jude 1:23
save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear--hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
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If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

work.

1 Corinthians 3:12,13 Now if any man build on this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, …

Revelation 3:18 I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be …

he shall.

Acts 27:21,44 But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the middle of them, …

2 John 1:8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have worked, …

yet.

Amos 4:11 I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, …

Zechariah 3:2 And the LORD said to Satan, The LORD rebuke you, O Satan; even the …

1 Peter 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and …

Jude 1:23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even …

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