Matthew 16:25
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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 find 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 find it.

New American Standard Bible
"For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.

King James Bible
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

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

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“For whoever wills to save his life will lose it and whoever will lose his life for me will find it.”

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
For whosoever desires to save his life shall lose it, and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

King James 2000 Bible
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

American King James Version
For whoever will save his life shall lose it: and whoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

American Standard Version
For whosoever would save his life shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he that will save his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for my sake, shall find it.

Darby Bible Translation
For whosoever shall desire to save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it.

English Revised Version
For whosoever would save his life shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it.

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

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

World English Bible
For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, and whoever will lose his life for my sake will find 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 shall find it,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:24-28 A true disciple of Christ is one that does follow him in duty, and shall follow him to glory. He is one that walks in the same way Christ walked in, is led by his Spirit, and treads in his steps, whithersoever he goes. Let him deny himself. If self-denial be a hard lesson, it is no more than what our Master learned and practised, to redeem us, and to teach us. Let him take up his cross. The cross is here put for every trouble that befalls us. We are apt to think we could bear another's cross better than our own; but that is best which is appointed us, and we ought to make the best of it. We must not by our rashness and folly pull crosses down upon our own heads, but must take them up when they are in our way. If any man will have the name and credit of a disciple, let him follow Christ in the work and duty of a disciple. If all worldly things are worthless when compared with the life of the body, how forcible the same argument with respect to the soul and its state of never-ending happiness or misery! Thousands lose their souls for the most trifling gain, or the most worthless indulgence, nay, often from mere sloth and negligence. Whatever is the object for which men forsake Christ, that is the price at which Satan buys their souls. Yet one soul is worth more than all the world. This is Christ's judgment upon the matter; he knew the price of souls, for he redeemed them; nor would he underrate the world, for he made it. The dying transgressor cannot purchase one hour's respite to seek mercy for his perishing soul. Let us then learn rightly to value our souls, and Christ as the only Saviour of them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 25. - (Comp. Matthew 10:39; John 12:25.) Whosoever will (o{ ga\r a}n qe/lh"", whosoever wills to) save his life (ψυχήν). Here are set forth the highest motives for courage, endurance, and perseverance in the way of righteousness. The word translated "life" is used four times in this and the following verse, though in the latter it is rendered "soul" in the Anglican Version. The fact is the word is used in two senses: for the life which now is - the bodily life: and the life which is to come - the spiritual, the everlasting life. These are indeed two stages of the same life - that which is bounded by earth and that which is to be passed with the glorified body in heaven; but they are for the moment regarded as distinct, though intimately connected by belonging to the same personality. And the Lord intimates that any one who avoids bodily death and suffering by compromise of duty, by denying Christ and disowning the truth, shall lose everlasting life. On the other hand, whosoever sacrifices his life for the sake of Christ, to promote his cause, shall save his soul and be eternally rewarded. Shall find it. "Find," as the opposite of "lose," is here equivalent to "save." There may, too, be in it a notion of something great and unexpected, a treasure discovered, "salvation far beyond all that they looked for" (Wisd. 5:2). Says St. Gregory, "If you keep your seed, you lose it; if you sow it, you will find it again" ('Hom. in Evang.,' 32.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For whosoever will save his life,.... Whoever is desirous of preserving himself from troubles, reproaches, persecutions, and death; and takes such a method to do it, as by forsaking Christ, denying his Gospel, and dropping his profession of it; and by so doing, curries favour with men, in order to procure to himself worldly emoluments, honour, peace, pleasure, and life,

shall lose it; he will expose himself to the wrath of God, to everlasting punishment, the destruction of soul and body in hell, which is the second death, and will be his portion:

and whosoever will lose his life for my sake: that is, is willing to forego all the pleasures and comforts of life, and be subject to poverty and distress, and to lay down life itself, for the sake of Christ and the Gospel, rather than deny him, and part with truth,

shall find it; in the other world, to great advantage; he shall enjoy an immortal and eternal life, free from all uneasiness and affliction, and full of endless joys and pleasures.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

25. For whosoever will save—is minded to save, or bent on saving.

his life shall lose it, and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it—(See on [1319]Mt 10:38,39). "A suffering and dying Messiah liketh you ill; but what if His servants shall meet the same fate? They may not; but who follows Me must be prepared for the worst."

Matthew 16:25 Additional Commentaries
Context
Take Up Your Cross
24Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 25"For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26"For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?…
Cross References
Matthew 10:39
Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

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?

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

For whoever will save his life shall lose it: and whoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

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

Esther 4:14,16 For if you altogether hold your peace at this time, then shall there …

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

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

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

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

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

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