Luke 17:33
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New International Version
Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it.

New Living Translation
If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it.

English Standard Version
Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it.

New American Standard Bible
"Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.

King James Bible
Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Whoever tries to make his life secure will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.

International Standard Version
Whoever tries to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it.

NET Bible
Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Whoever chooses to save his life shall lose it, and whoever will lose his life shall find it.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Those who try to save their lives will lose them, and those who lose their lives will save them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Whosoever shall seek to save his soul shall lose it, and whosoever shall lose it shall cause it to live.

King James 2000 Bible
Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

American King James Version
Whoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

American Standard Version
Whosoever shall seek to gain his life shall lose it: but whosoever shall lose his life'shall preserve it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whosoever shall seek to save his life, shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose it, shall preserve it.

Darby Bible Translation
Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it, and whosoever shall lose it shall preserve it.

English Revised Version
Whosoever shall seek to gain his life shall lose it: but whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

Webster's Bible Translation
Whoever shall seek to save his life, shall lose it; and whoever shall lose his life, shall preserve it.

Weymouth New Testament
Any man who makes it his object to keep his own life safe, will lose it; but whoever loses his life will preserve it.

World English Bible
Whoever seeks to save his life loses it, but whoever loses his life preserves it.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoever may seek to save his life, shall lose it; and whoever may lose it, shall preserve it.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

17:20-37 The kingdom of God was among the Jews, or rather within some of them. It was a spiritual kingdom, set up in the heart by the power of Divine grace. Observe how it had been with sinners formerly, and in what state the judgments of God, which they had been warned of, found them. Here is shown what a dreadful surprise this destruction will be to the secure and sensual. Thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. When Christ came to destroy the Jewish nation by the Roman armies, that nation was found in such a state of false security as is here spoken of. In like manner, when Jesus Christ shall come to judge the world, sinners will be found altogether regardless; for in like manner the sinners of every age go on securely in their evil ways, and remember not their latter end. But wherever the wicked are, who are marked for eternal ruin, they shall be found by the judgments of God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 33. - Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. Very deep must have been the impression which this saying made upon the early Church. So literally did many interpret it, that the wiser and more thoughtful men in the congregations during the days of persecution had often to prevent persons of both sexes recklessly throwing away their lives in the conflict with the Roman authorities. Very many in the first three centuries positively courted martyrdom.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Whosoever shall seek to save his life,.... By fleeing to some strong hold, or by continuing in the metropolis, and strongest city in the nation, Jerusalem:

shall lose it: there he will be in the greatest danger:

and whosoever shall lose his life; or expose it to danger, by fleeing to the mountains, or going to Pella, a small town beyond Jordan, of no strength, and where there might be thought no security;

shall preserve it; he shall be safe; See Gill on Matthew 16:25.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

33. Whosoever, &c.—(See on [1687]Lu 9:23-27).

Luke 17:33 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Coming of the Kingdom
32"Remember Lot's wife. 33"Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. 34"I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other will be left.…
Cross References
Matthew 10:39
Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

Mark 8:35
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.

Luke 9:24
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.

Luke 17:34
I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left.

John 12:25
Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Treasury of Scripture

Whoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

Luke 9:24,25 For whoever will save his life shall lose it: but whoever will lose …

Matthew 10:39 He that finds his life shall lose it: and he that loses his life …

Matthew 16:25 For whoever will save his life shall lose it: and whoever will lose …

Mark 8:35-37 For whoever will save his life shall lose it; but whoever shall lose …

John 12:25 He that loves his life shall lose it; and he that hates his life …

Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which you shall suffer: behold, the devil …

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