Mark 8:36
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New International Version
What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?

New Living Translation
And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?

English Standard Version
For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?

New American Standard Bible
"For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?

King James Bible
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For what does it benefit a man to gain the whole world yet lose his life?

International Standard Version
What profit will a person have if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life?

NET Bible
For what benefit is it for a person to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his life?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“For how is a man benefited if he should gain the whole world and he should lose his soul?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
What good does it do for people to win the whole world yet lose their lives?

Jubilee Bible 2000
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?

King James 2000 Bible
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own life?

American King James Version
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

American Standard Version
For what doth it profit a man, to gain the whole world, and forfeit his life?

Douay-Rheims Bible
For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul?

Darby Bible Translation
For what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his soul?

English Revised Version
For what doth it profit a man, to gain the whole world, and forfeit his life?

Webster's Bible Translation
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul:

Weymouth New Testament
Why, what does it benefit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?

World English Bible
For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world, and forfeit his life?

Young's Literal Translation
for what shall it profit a man, if he may gain the whole world, and forfeit his life?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:34-38 Frequent notice is taken of the great flocking there was to Christ for help in various cases. All are concerned to know this, if they expect him to heal their souls. They must not indulge the ease of the body. As the happiness of heaven with Christ, is enough to make up for the loss of life itself for him, so the gain of all the world in sin, will not make up for the ruin of the soul by sin. And there is a day coming, when the cause of Christ will appear as glorious, as some now think it mean and contemptible. May we think of that season, and view every earthly object as we shall do at that great day.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 36. - What doth it profit a man, to gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (ζημιωθῆναι); literally, forfeit his life (ψυχή). The word ψυχή in the Greek, originally meaning simply "breath," as the sign of life, is of very comprehensive import, embracing not merely "the breath of life," but also the "soul," or immortal part of man, as distinguished from his mortal body, also the mind or understanding, as the organ of thought. "Life" seems here to be the best English synonym, as being, like the Greek ψυχή, the more comprehensive term.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For what shall it profit a man,.... In the long run, in the issue of things, who by denying Christ, and his Gospel, may not only save his life for the present, but procure for himself great riches and wealth:

if he shall gain the whole world; were that possible to be done, and which the ambitious, worldly man is desirous of; yet supposing he: had his desire, of what avail would this be in the upshot of things, should the following be his case, as it will,

and lose his own soul? which is immortal and everlasting, when the world, and the glory of it pass away, and so is of more worth than the whole world. The world can only be enjoyed for a season, and that with a great deal of fatigue and trouble; but the soul continues for ever; and if it is lost and damned, its torment always abides, and the smoke of it ascends for ever, its worm never dies, and its fire is never quenched; See Gill on Matthew 16:26.



Mark 8:36 Additional Commentaries
Context
Take up Your Cross
35"For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it. 36"For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? 37"For what will a man give in exchange for his soul?…
Cross References
Matthew 16:26
What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?

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.

Mark 8:37
Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
Treasury of Scripture

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

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Job 2:4 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yes, all that …

Psalm 49:17 For when he dies he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not …

Psalm 73:18-20 Surely you did set them in slippery places: you cast them down into …

Matthew 4:8-10 Again, the devil takes him up into an exceeding high mountain, and …

Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and …

Luke 9:25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose …

Luke 12:19,20 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have much goods laid up for …

Luke 16:19-23 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine …

Philippians 3:7-9 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ…

Revelation 18:7,8 How much she has glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much …

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Job 22:2 Can a man be profitable to God, as he that is wise may be profitable to himself?

Malachi 3:14 You have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that …

Romans 6:21 What fruit had you then in those things whereof you are now ashamed? …

Hebrews 11:24-26 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the …

James 1:9-11 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted…

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