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
    disciple: You have that backwards. Noah and his Family were taken away from the destruction coming. The same with Lots Family. The same is going to happen in the end. He will take The Ones Washed in His Blood away from The Wrath coming on The Whole World and so shall We ever be with The Lord. Has He Tugged on Your Heart? Ask Forgiveness. You will be Washed,Baptized,Changed. Salvation is WOW!!!
  • A disciple
    Peter; from the examples used by the Lord here; who were the ones remaining? not the wicked, but the saved! Only Noah, and they that were with him in the ark were left after the cataclysm. Of all those who lived in the cities of the plain, on the south shore of what is now the Dead Sea; only Lot and his family escaped the overthrow of fire and burning sulfur. Read Matthew 13; the evil are removed.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    May we NOT be among those who will be left behind when the Lord shall come. To ensure that this happens, we must be ready for His Kingdom through our being washed in the Blood of the Lamb. This chapter also underscores the importance of appreciating God's goodness towards us. One out of the ten lepers returned to thank Jesus.
  • Zeingoff
    Lk 20-21 the kingdom comes not with observation. No one will see for we are made in the image of God. That is our bodies within are spirit as the Father is spirit. These sayings of Jesus are always symbolic. Substitute mustard seed/faith for instance. He wants us to work at this and not be blind leading blind. You can't site verse to prove a point, especially from Paul, who taught different
  • Word
    In vs 23 Christ tells us don't go! The one in the field and those that go are going the wrong way. They are taken because of their own ignorance. I think of it as when the false messiah gets here and he acts likes Jesus, looks like Jesus, performs miracles like nothing they have ever seen and he claims to be God return and every body in the world believe it God returned it just has to be. Don't go
  • Stephende
    The Master wasn't speaking, I don't think about some Apocalypse at his returning. No one will witness Him floating down from heaven to beat up the bad guys. What's important to me is that the Kingdom is within, or impressive to the truly faithful, who has humbled himself completely as the parable states. It is one's duty to seek the Kingdom! Your reward is given in secret and no man will rob.

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