Matthew 16:25

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For whosoeuer will saue his life, shall lose it: and whosoeuer will lose his his life for my sake, shall finde it.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For whosoever would save his life shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Because whoever has a desire to keep his life safe will have it taken from him; but whoever gives up his life because of me, will have it given back to him.
- Basic English Bible

For whosoever shall desire to save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it.
- Darby Bible

For whoever will save his life, shall lose it: and whoever will lose his life for my sake, shall find it.
- Webster's Bible

For whoever desires to save his life shall lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake shall find it.
- Weymouth Bible

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, and whoever will lose his life for my sake will find it.
- World English Bible

shal leese it; and he that schal leese his lijf for me, schal fynde it.
- Wycliffe Bible

for whoever may will to save his life, shall lose it, and whoever may lose his life for my sake shall find it,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 16:25


16:25 Whosoever will save his life - At the expense of his conscience: whosoever, in the very highest instance, that of life itself, will not renounce himself, shall be lost eternally. But can any man hope he should be able thus to renounce himself, if he cannot do it in the smallest instances? And whosoever will lose his life shall find it - What he loses on earth he shall find in heaven. #Matt 10:39|; Mark 8:35; Luke 9:24; 17:33; John 12:25.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 16:25


Mt 16:25 Whosoever will save his life shall lose it. He who refuses to deny himself, and makes saving and ministering to his present life his chief object, shall lose his life eternally.

Discussion for Matthew 16:25

  • What a tragedy it would be for God s children to live for themselves now, in this fleeting, vapor like life, only to discover at the future Judgment Seat of Christ that they had forfeited many eternal blessings God had intended for them. Would it be worth it? Jesus warned on several occasions of the consequences Matt. 10 39 16 25 Mark 8 35 Luke 9 24 17 33 John 12 25 . Those who save now will lose later. The paradox of Christ s teaching is that a believer loses his soul at the Judgment Seat by saving it here and now, in this life that is, by refusing to deny self, take up his cross, and follow Jesus. Instead, he caters to self, avoids hardships and pays lip service to following Jesus, not counting the cost of discipleship. The result is deprivation of millennial rewards and eternal glory.

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