Luke 17:33

Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Whosoeuer shall seeke to saue his life, shall lose it, and whosoeuer shall lose his life, shall preserue it.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses {his life} will preserve it.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Whosoever shall seek to gain his life shall lose it: but whosoever shall lose `his life' shall preserve it.
- American Standard Version (1901)

If anyone makes an attempt to keep his life, it will be taken from him, but if anyone gives up his life, he will keep it.
- Basic English Bible

Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it, and whosoever shall lose it shall preserve it.
- Darby Bible

Whoever shall seek to save his life, shall lose it; and whoever shall lose his life, shall preserve it.
- Webster's Bible

Any man who makes it his object to keep his own life safe, will lose it; but whoever loses his life will preserve it.
- Weymouth Bible

Whoever seeks to save his life loses it, but whoever loses his life preserves it.
- World English Bible

Who euer seketh to make his lijf saaf, schal leese it; and who euer leesith it, schal quykene it.
- Wycliffe Bible

Whoever may seek to save his life, shall lose it; and whoever may lose it, shall preserve it.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 17:33

17:33 The sense of this and the following verses is, Yet as great as the danger will be, do not seek to save your life by violating your conscience: if you do, you will surely lose it: whereas if you should lose it for my sake, you shall be paid with life everlasting. But the most probable way of preserving it now, is to be always ready to give it up: a peculiar Providence shall then watch over you, and put a difference between you and other men.

People's Bible Notes for Luke 17:33

Lu 17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life. See PNT "Mt 10:39".

Discussion for Luke 17

  • Bruce
    Steph: how shall you escape if you neglect so great salvation?Hebrews 2:3/ And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelations 20:15 /--- hast redeemed us to God by thy blood--- Revelations 5:9 / Neither is their salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men,whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12
  • Stephende
    The point is that God will choose whom he will choose. If one thinks by accepting Jesus as lord and savior he is saved, he hasn't understood the Bible. We are unprofitable servants! It is our duty to understand the word of truth. No boy scout ribbons or atta boys. God is merciful to some and severe to most because they do not strive as God has demanded. His mysteries are not revealed easily!
  • Bruce
    Two men,two women: men or women are not in the original they were added by King James. like Irene posted: two Shall be in one bed;-----. two Shall be grinding----. two Shall be in the field;
  • Irene123
    To N; on Lk.17:34 - Isa.1:18; "Come now, let us reason together ....."; " ..... two shall be in one bed ..... "; if Jesus were referring to this sin, neither one in the bed would have been taken. Don't be naïve; God gave s all common sense.
  • Mari
    To N....back in their day, some people didn't have their own bed. It's not what you think.
  • Beau atchfel
    17:34 The grand manipulation has begun! Stay awake.

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