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

New Living Translation
If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.

English Standard Version
For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.

Berean Study Bible
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.

Berean Literal Bible
For whoever might desire to save his life will lose it; but whoever might lose his life on account of me, he will save it.

New American Standard Bible
"For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.

King James Bible
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it.

International Standard Version
because whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.

NET Bible
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.

New Heart English Bible
For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever will lose his life for my sake, the same will save it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“For whoever wills to save his soul, destroys it; but whoever will give up his soul for my sake, this one saves it.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Those who want to save their lives will lose them. But those who lose their lives for me will save them.

New American Standard 1977
“For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For whosoever desires to save his soul shall lose it, but whosoever will lose his soul for my sake, the same shall save it.

King James 2000 Bible
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

American King James Version
For whoever will save his life shall lose it: but whoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

American Standard Version
For whosoever would save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it; for he that shall lose his life for my sake, shall save it.

Darby Bible Translation
for whosoever shall desire to save his life shall lose it, but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake, he shall save it.

English Revised Version
For whosoever would save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

Webster's Bible Translation
For whoever will save his life, shall lose it: but whoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

Weymouth New Testament
For whoever desires to save his life shall lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake shall save it.

World English Bible
For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever will lose his life for my sake, the same will save it.

Young's Literal Translation
for whoever may will to save his life, shall lose it, and whoever may lose his life for my sake, he shall save it;
Study Bible
Take Up Your Cross
23Then Jesus said to all of them, “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. 24For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. 25What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, yet loses or forfeits his very self?…
Cross References
Matthew 10:39
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.

Luke 17:33
Whoever tries to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it.

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

For whoever will save his life shall lose it: but whoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

Luke 17:33 Whoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whoever shall …

Acts 20:23,24 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesses in every city, saying that bonds …

Hebrews 11:35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, …

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

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of …

Verse 24. - For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. The Greek word here rendered "life" signifies the natural animal life, of which the main interests are centred in the earth. If a man grasp at this shadowy, quickly passing earthly life, he will assuredly lose the substantial enduring heaven-life. If, on the other hand, he consents, "for my sake," to sacrifice this quickly fading life of earth, he shall surely find it again in heaven, no longer quickly fading, but a life fadeless, eternal, a life infinitely higher than the one he has for righteousness' sake consented to lose here. The same beautiful and comforting truth we find in that fragment, as it is supposed, of a very early Christian hymn, woven into the tapestry of St. Paul's Second Epistle to Timothy -

"If we be dead with him,
We shall also live with him:
If we suffer, We shall also reign."


(2 Timothy 2:11, 12.) For whosoever will save his life,.... See Gill on Matthew 16:25. 24. will save—"Is minded to save," bent on saving. The pith of this maxim depends—as often in such weighty sayings (for example, "Let the dead bury the dead," Mt 8:22)—on the double sense attached to the word "life," a lower and a higher, the natural and the spiritual, temporal and eternal. An entire sacrifice of the lower, or a willingness to make it, is indispensable to the preservation of the higher life; and he who cannot bring himself to surrender the one for the sake of the other shall eventually lose both.9:18-27 It is an unspeakable comfort that our Lord Jesus is God's Anointed; this signifies that he was both appointed to be the Messiah, and qualified for it. Jesus discourses concerning his own sufferings and death. And so far must his disciples be from thinking how to prevent his sufferings, that they must prepare for their own. We often meet with crosses in the way of duty; and though we must not pull them upon our own heads, yet, when they are laid for us, we must take them up, and carry them after Christ. It is well or ill with us, according as it is well or ill with our souls. The body cannot be happy, if the soul be miserable in the other world; but the soul may be happy, though the body is greatly afflicted and oppressed in this world. We must never be ashamed of Christ and his gospel.
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