Luke 9:25
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English Standard Version
For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?

King James Bible
For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?

American Standard Version
For what is a man profited, if he gain the whole world, and lose or forfeit his own self?

Douay-Rheims Bible
For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, and cast away himself?

English Revised Version
For what is a man profited, if he gain the whole world, and lose or forfeit his own self?

Webster's Bible Translation
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?

Weymouth New Testament
Why, what benefit is it to a man to have gained the whole world, but to have lost or forfeited his own self.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Gain (κερδήσας)

A merchant's word. Jesus is putting the case as a common-sense question of profit and loss.

Lose (ἀπολέσας)

"When he might have been saved" (Bengel). This word, in classical Greek, is used: 1. Of death in battle or elsewhere. 2. Of laying waste, as a city or heritage. 3. Of losing of life, property, or other objects. As an active verb, to kill or demolish. 4. Of being demoralized, morally abandoned or ruined, as children under bad influences. In New Testament of killing (Matthew 2:13; Matthew 12:14). 5. Of destroying and perishing, not only of human life, but of material and intellectual things (1 Corinthians 1:19; John 6:27; Mark 2:22; 1 Peter 1:7; James 1:11; Hebrews 1:11). 6. Of losing (Matthew 10:6, Matthew 10:42; Luke 15:4, Luke 15:6, Luke 15:8). Of moral abandonment (Luke 15:24, Luke 15:32). 7. Of the doom of the impenitent (Matthew 10:28; Luke 13:3; John 3:15; John 10:28; 2 Peter 3:9; Romans 2:12.

Cast away (ζημιωθείς)

Another business term. The word means to fine, amerce, mulct; to punish by exacting forfeit. Hence Rev., correctly, forfeit his own self. See on win your souls, Luke 21:19. Also on Matthew 16:26.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

what.

Luke 4:5-7 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, showed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time...

Luke 12:19-21 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have much goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry...

Luke 16:24,25 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water...

Psalm 49:6-8 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches...

Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Mark 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

Mark 9:43-48 And if your hand offend you, cut it off: it is better for you to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell...

Acts 1:18,25 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the middle...

2 Peter 2:15-17 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor...

Revelation 18:7,8 How much she has glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she said in her heart...

himself. Or, as in the parallel passage, [ten psuche autou,] 'his soul,' or life.

be.

Matthew 13:48,50 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away...

1 Corinthians 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others...

Cross References
Matthew 16:26
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?

Hebrews 10:34
For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one.

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