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?

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For what is a man profited, if hee shal gaine the whole world, and lose his owne soule? Or what shall a man giue in exchange for his soule?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For what shall a man be profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and forfeit his life? or what shall a man give in exchange for his life?
- American Standard Version (1901)

For what profit has a man, if he gets all the world with the loss of his life? or what will a man give in exchange for his life?
- Basic English Bible

For what does a man profit, if he should gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
- Darby Bible

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?
- Webster's Bible

Why, what benefit will it be to a man if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give to buy back his life?
- Weymouth Bible

For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his life? Or what will a man give in exchange for his life?
- World English Bible

For what profitith it to a man, if he wynne al the world, and suffre peiryng of his soule? or what chaunging schal a man yyue for his soule?
- Wycliffe Bible

for what is a man profited if he may gain the whole world, but of his life suffer loss? or what shall a man give as an exchange for his life?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 16:26


Mt 16:26 What is a man profited? etc. All the wealth, glory, pleasure and power of earth are worthless to the dying man. If he should gain them all and lose his own soul, he has lost all. What shall a man give in exchange for his soul? What would a man not give? What is there that he can give, if in life he has not followed Christ?

Discussion for Matthew 16

  • Andy
    Vs.28 tells of the death of Stephen the first martyr to give His Life sharing the Gospel. While he was being stoned he looked up and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing by the right hand of God. Jesus was refering to his death. This event is in the book of Acts.
  • Lungo
    As for verse 28 it tells us that we won't be completely died when Jesus shall come again...some will be found still living and those who shall be found righteous shall never test death ........that's my view through the spirit of the living God.......Amen
  • Jo-An
    I am understanding what he is telling them a little better then I have been. I sit and think about what I have read and that s how I get my true understanding. I am going to continue to read the word and see if I really understanding. I ask the Lord to help me to really understand what he is telling. I love reading the Bible like this I can see the print better.
  • Marlene
    The chapter depicts Jesus boldness and determination to complete is purpose on earth which is to redeem the soul of man and to take his father God kingdom to heart of man. I however am having a difficulty interpreting verse 28. Can someone explain/
  • June Payton
    Matthew 16 teaches us love, trust and obedience. Self must be completely sacrificed as we give of ourselves as God leads us through His love, the guidance and love of Jesus Christ.
  • Irene Berry
    I love when Jesus talks with his disciples.