New International Version
What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?
King James Bible
For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?
Darby Bible Translation
For what shall a man profit if he shall have gained the whole world, and have destroyed, or come under the penalty of the loss of himself?
World English Bible
For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits his own self?
Young's Literal Translation
for what is a man profited, having gained the whole world, and having lost or having forfeited himself?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Or be cast away? - Or receive spiritual damage η ζημιωθεις. I have added the word spiritual here, which I conceive to be necessarily implied. Because, if a man received only temporal damage in some respect or other, yet gaining the whole world must amply compensate him. But if he should receive spiritual damage - hurt to his soul in the smallest degree, the possession of the universe could not indemnify him. Earthly goods may repair earthly losses, but they cannot repair any breach that may be made in the peace or holiness of the soul. See on Matthew 16:26 (note).
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
himself. Or, as in the parallel passage, [ten psuche autou,] 'his soul,' or life.
LibrarySelf-Denial Versus Self-Assertion.
"If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.--LUKE ix. 23. We might naturally have thought that if there was one thing in the life of the LORD JESUS CHRIST which belonged to Him alone, it was His cross-bearing. To guard against so natural a mistake, the HOLY GHOST has taken care in gospel and in epistle to draw our special attention to the oneness of the believer with CHRIST in cross-bearing; and also to prevent misunderstanding as to the character …
J. Hudson Taylor—A Ribband of Blue
September 15 Evening
Christ's Cross and Ours
'In the Holy Mount'
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?
You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.
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