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.

Berean Study Bible
Whoever tries to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it.

Berean Literal Bible
Whoever may seek to save his life will lose it; but whoever will lose it will preserve 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.

New Heart English Bible
Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, but whoever loses it 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.

New American Standard 1977
“Whoever seeks to keep his life shall lose it, and whoever loses his life shall preserve it.

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.
Study Bible
The Coming of the Kingdom
32Remember Lot’s wife! 33Whoever tries to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it. 34I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed: One will be taken and the other left.…
Cross References
Matthew 10:39
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.

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

Luke 9:24
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake 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
Whoever loves his life will lose it, but whoever hates his 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 …

(33) Whosoever shall seek to save his life.--The better MSS. give a word which is rendered elsewhere by "purchase" (Acts 20:28; 1Timothy 3:13), and perhaps always suggests, as the other word for "save" does not suggest, the idea of some transaction of the kind. So here, the man must purchase, as it were, his lower life at the price of the higher, and he will be a loser by the bargain.

Shall preserve it.--Here, again, the English verb is weak. Better, shall give life to it. The same Greek word occurs in the better MSS. of 1Timothy 6:13, and is there rendered by "quicken," and in its passive form in Acts 7:49, where it should be translated preserved alive, and this is clearly the meaning here. The man who is content to risk his natural life shall gain a life of a higher spiritual order.

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