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

  • 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.