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

  • Cornetta epps
    I really like this chapter didn't know much at first but my grandfather help me get a better understanding love every verse in chapter 16... THANKS GOD FOR A BETTER UNDERSTANDING.
  • Wicklife
    Jesus revealed himself to his desciples, and worn them about the doctrine of the Scribes. Thank you Jesus..
  • Scotty the Christian
    We give OUR lives to God of our own free will and trust He is in control of OUR lives.God gives us all free will to choose.When we dedicate our lives,or the lives of our loved ones to God,we are trusting He knows what is best 4 them.These people that ask that,r they Christians?Have they asked God to watch over their loved ones?If not,they have no right to accuse God.If they are,then trust God.
  • David
    Dear Christine: If you will look at more than just Matthew 16, you will see The Lord Jesus Christ came to save all - 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

    Children are never condemned to hell. Salvation is a free gift for all who choose it.
  • Christine
    I've had people come against me with this question? How come Jesus saved you, and not others? (specially when a little one dies ) I don't have the answer and I've been searching for what to say. Please help if you can!
  • Well wisher for verse 28
    "Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom." I think it refers: - Matthew 16:23- ..."Get away from me, Satan! You are an obstacle in my way, because these thoughts of yours don't come from God, but from man." - From above verse it is clear that Satan also were there. -Hence "Some here" refers not Man, it refers "Satan" and who will not die until they have seen the Son of Man as King.