Matthew 16:25

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For whosoeuer will saue his life, shall lose it: and whosoeuer will lose his his life for my sake, shall finde it.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For whosoever would save his life shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Because whoever has a desire to keep his life safe will have it taken from him; but whoever gives up his life because of me, will have it given back to him.
- Basic English Bible

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

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

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

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, and whoever will lose his life for my sake will find it.
- World English Bible

shal leese it; and he that schal leese his lijf for me, schal fynde it.
- Wycliffe Bible

for whoever may will to save his life, shall lose it, and whoever may lose his life for my sake shall find it,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 16:25


16:25 Whosoever will save his life - At the expense of his conscience: whosoever, in the very highest instance, that of life itself, will not renounce himself, shall be lost eternally. But can any man hope he should be able thus to renounce himself, if he cannot do it in the smallest instances? And whosoever will lose his life shall find it - What he loses on earth he shall find in heaven. #Matt 10:39|; Mark 8:35; Luke 9:24; 17:33; John 12:25.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 16:25


Mt 16:25 Whosoever will save his life shall lose it. He who refuses to deny himself, and makes saving and ministering to his present life his chief object, shall lose his life eternally.

Discussion for Matthew 16

  • HAW
    It seems as if Jesus was warning the disciples of the external pressure of "other doctrines" that seek to infiltrate the Church. The church is made pure by God through Christ and we as Christians are the custodians of it. If we are not vigilant and alert, we cannot maintain the purity and unity of the Church.
  • Felicia
    Verses 13-17
    There are many people who profess to know Jesus. But do we truly know who Jesus is? Or we also know Him like the people in Jesus's days, He is one of those influential people? We must know the Lord experientially. He says if we obey His commandments He will manifest Himself onto us. Our knowledge of Him is our strength, security and peace. Holy Ghost, do for us like Peter.





  • J.W.
    Response to Maria's question- Many thought John the Baptist was Jesus because he was the cousin of Jesus, born 6 months prior to Jesus.(Read Luke1:17) Upon the impending birth of John the Baptist, an angel of the Lord told his father Zacharias (of his son) "He shall go before Jesus in the spirit and power of Elias (Greek for Elijah) so that...he could turn the hearts of the disobedient to the just
  • Lu2677
    Maria, Can you give scripture verse that supports what you say? thanks
  • Maria Morales
    Why would the people think Jesus was John the Baptist, Elias, or one of the prophets? Could it be that spiirits come back like Elijah through John the Baptist?
  • BSP
    In verse 22 Jesus had just stated the divine will so he had to correct Peter and the other disciples. Jesus life was to be one of self-sacrifice and not of self-gratification.

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