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

  • Llary T
    This is a very Clear Indication how blind man made religion is to the Things Of God. Purely because man's sinful fleshly desires continuously seek after these things with ungodly vigor. The other thing that stands out also is, the Lord speaks favor upon the Righteous, who in the Broad Spectrum of God's Will, MUST Preach Repentance and Salvation to Sinners, while there is yet time.
  • I AM
    O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky but can ye not discern the signs of the times? That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment? How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil: that put darkness for light, and light for darkness: that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Little children: Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven: for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the Lord knows all that may be known, and he beholds the signs of the world. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholds the righteous: and your heart shall live that seek God.
  • Steve morrow
    luke 10:27 and HE answering said thou shalt love the LORD THY GOD with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy strength and with all thy mind and thy neighbor as thyself----JOHN 14:24 HE THAT LOVETH ME NOT KEEPETH NOT MY SAYINGS AND THE WORD WHICH YOU HEAR IS NOT MINE BUT THE FATHERS WHICH SENT ME----MATTHEW 10:37 HE THAT LOVETH FATHER OR MOTHER MORE THAN ME IS NOT WORTHY OF ME AND HE THAT LOVETH SON OR DAUGHTER MORE THAN ME IS NOT WORTHY OF ME----JOHN 14:15 IF YOU LOVE ME KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS----JOHN 15:10 IF YOU KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS YOU SHALL ABIDE IN MY LOVE EVEN AS I HAVE KEPT MY FATHERS COMMANDMENTS AND ABIDE IN HIS LOVE----ROMANS 6:16 KNOW YOU NOT THAT TO WHOM YOU YIELD YOURSELVES SERVANTS TO OBEY HIS SERVSNTS YOU ARE TO WHOM YOU OBEY WHETHER OF SIN UNTO DEATH OR OF OBEDIENCE UNTO RIGHTEOUSNESS----PSALM 119:167 MY SOUL HATH KEPT THY TESTIMONIES AND I LOVE THEM EXCEEDINGLY
  • 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