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

Darby Bible Translation
He that finds his life shall lose it, and he who has lost his life for my sake shall find 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.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He that findeth his life, etc. - i.e. He who, for the sake of his temporal interest, abandons his spiritual concerns, shall lose his soul; and he who, in order to avoid martyrdom, abjures the pure religion of Christ, shall lose his soul, and perhaps his life too. He that findeth his life shall lose it, was literally fulfilled in Archbishop Cranmer. He confessed Christ against the devil, and his eldest son, the pope. He was ordered to be burnt; to save his life he recanted, and was, notwithstanding, burnt. Whatever a man sacrifices to God is never lost, for he finds it again in God.

There is a fine piece on this subject in Juvenal, Sat. viii. l. 80, which deserves to be recorded here.

- ambiguae si quando citabere testis

Incertaeque rei, Phalaris liect imperet ut sis

Falsus, et admoto dictet perjuria tauro,

Summum crede nefas Animam praeferre Pudori

Et propter Vitam Vivendi perdere causas

- If ever call'd

To give thy witness in a doubtful case,

Though Phalaris himself should bid thee lie,

On pain of torture in his flaming bull,

Disdain to barter innocence for life;

To which life owes its lustre and its worth

Wakefield

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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

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

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

John 12:25 He that loves his life shall lose it; and he that hates his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal.

Philippians 1:20,21 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always...

2 Timothy 4:6-8 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand...

Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which you shall suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that you may be tried...

Library
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Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

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Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

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Saint Augustine—sermons on selected lessons of the new testament

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Saint Augustine—sermons on selected lessons of the new testament

Cross References
Matthew 16:25
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.

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.

Luke 9:24
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.

Luke 17:33
Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it.

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.

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