Matthew 10:39
New International Version
Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

New Living Translation
If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.

English Standard Version
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Berean Study Bible
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.

Berean Literal Bible
The one having found his life will lose it, and the one having lost his life on account of Me will find it.

King James Bible
He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

New King James Version
He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.

New American Standard Bible
The one who has found his life will lose it, and the one who has lost his life on My account will find it.

NASB 1995
"He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.

NASB 1977
“He who has found his life shall lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake shall find it.

Amplified Bible
Whoever finds his life [in this world] will [eventually] lose it [through death], and whoever loses his life [in this world] for My sake will find it [that is, life with Me for all eternity].

Christian Standard Bible
Anyone who finds his life will lose it, and anyone who loses his life because of me will find it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Anyone finding his life will lose it, and anyone losing his life because of Me will find it.

American Standard Version
He that findeth his life shall lose it; and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Whoever will lose his life for my sake will find it; whoever will find his life will lose it.

Contemporary English Version
If you try to save your life, you will lose it. But if you give it up for me, you will surely find it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that findeth his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for me, shall find it.

English Revised Version
He that findeth his life shall lose it; and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

Good News Translation
Those who try to gain their own life will lose it; but those who lose their life for my sake will gain it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The person who tries to preserve his life will lose it, but the person who loses his life for me will preserve it.

International Standard Version
The one who finds his life will lose it, and the one who loses his life because of me will find it."

Literal Standard Version
He who found his life will lose it, and he who lost his life for My sake will find it.

NET Bible
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life because of me will find it.

New Heart English Bible
Whoever seeks his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Weymouth New Testament
To save your life is to lose it, and to lose your life for my sake is to save it.

World English Bible
He who seeks his life will lose it; and he who loses his life for my sake will find it.

Young's Literal Translation
'He who found his life shall lose it, and he who lost his life for my sake shall find it.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Take up Your Cross
38and anyone who does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. 39Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 40He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives the One who sent Me.…

Cross References
Matthew 16:25
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but 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 17:33
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

He that finds his life shall lose it: and he that loses his life for my sake shall find it.

Matthew 16:25,26
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it…

Mark 8:35,36
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it…

Luke 17:33
Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.









(39) He that findeth his life.--The word is the same as that translated "soul" (i.e., that by which man lives in the lower or the higher sense of life) in Matthew 10:28. The point of the maxim lies in the contrast between the two senses. To gain the lower now is to lose the higher hereafter, and conversely, to lose the lower for the sake of Christ (i.e., to die a martyr's death in confessing Him) is to gain the higher.

Verse 39. - Besides Matthew 16:25 and parallel passages (vide supra), cf. also Luke 17:33 and even John 12:25. Observe that in our chapter vers. 37, 38 arc equivalent to Luke 14:26, 27; vers. 38, 39 to Luke 9:23, 24; ver. 39 to Luke 17:33. A comparison of the various passages leads to the inference that the original occasion of vers. 37, 38 was that of Luke 14:26, 27, and the original occasion of ver. 39 was that of Matthew 16:25. Thus our passage is a compendium, and Matthew 16:25 is either a modification by our Lord of an earlier thought, or, more probably, another "setting" of the utterance in place of something that corresponded to it. Luke 17:33, on the other hand, may be a modification by our Lord, or an insertion made in the process of the composition of the Gospel. He that findeth; found (Revised Version margin); ὁ εὑρών: but unnecessarily, the statement is timeless, and the inherent thought of completion is contained also in our present tense. Findeth; after expenditure of trouble, and so Matthew 16:25 with parallel passages, "wish to save," and Luke 17:33, "seek to gain." Observe also the idea of acquiring for personal use common both to εὑρίσκειν and περιποιεῖσθαι (Luke). The phrase, "find the soul," occurs only here (twice) and Matthew 16:25b; cf. Hebrews 10:39. His life (Matthew 6:25, note). As the full develop-merit of personality in true independence and energy is the aim and the promise for hereafter, so its shrinking and weakening by sin ends in loss of moral independence and mental worth. Shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. He shall acquire that personality of his with all its inherent germs of power fully developed (cf. Luke 21:19; Hebrews 10:39; cf. also the apocryphal legion, Σώζου σὺ καὶ ἡ ψυχή σου, Resch, 'Agrapha,' p. 145). In Talm. Bab., 'Tamid,' 32a, Alexander the Great asks "the elders of the south" ten questions, among them," What shall a man do that he may live?" They answer, "Let him put himself to death." "What shall a man do that he may die?" "Let him make himself alive." But though there is so much verbal similarity, it may be doubted whether Rashi is not right in explaining the passage as a merely worldly wise warning against provoking the envy of others by pride and ostentation.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
Whoever
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

finds
εὑρὼν (heurōn)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2147: A prolonged form of a primary heuro, which heureo is used for it in all the tenses except the present and imperfect to find.

his
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

life
ψυχὴν (psychēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 5590: From psucho; breath, i.e. spirit, abstractly or concretely.

will lose
ἀπολέσει (apolesei)
Verb - Future Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 622: From apo and the base of olethros; to destroy fully, literally or figuratively.

it,
αὐτήν (autēn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Feminine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

whoever
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

loses
ἀπολέσας (apolesas)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 622: From apo and the base of olethros; to destroy fully, literally or figuratively.

his
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

life
ψυχὴν (psychēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 5590: From psucho; breath, i.e. spirit, abstractly or concretely.

for My sake
ἕνεκεν (heneken)
Preposition
Strong's 1752: Or heneken hen'-ek-en or heineken hi'-nek-en; of uncertain affinity; on account of.

will find
εὑρήσει (heurēsei)
Verb - Future Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2147: A prolonged form of a primary heuro, which heureo is used for it in all the tenses except the present and imperfect to find.

it.
αὐτήν (autēn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Feminine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.


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