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 16:26

  • Who so ever belive jesus is Son of God came in this world and died for your sin a substitutinory Death You Will Be Saved By faith Christ did all the doing.
  • I have been a christian all my life baptised and confirmed I pray daily go to church and try to be the best person I can be but I am plagued with poverty and injustice what can I do.
  • Zanele Ndlovu for verse 26
    This verse makes me to re-think everything because nothing on earth is permanent all is passing all is vanity.
  • Idara christopher for verse 26
    We were not born with anything, and we will not go home with anything, so all what we acquire here on earth is nothing, don't be ashamed of God, cause God will not be ashamed of you.
  • Loungpai for verse 26
    it is a verse that make my life revived and thank God for the wonderful gift of His only begotten son to save my soul from the foolishness of the worldly things.
  • Amandah Bitkon for verse 26
    Its very obvious that a true christian has nothing in common to do with the worldly people or materials because we are strangers on earth waiting and hoping for a new heaven and city which is to come. We are always expecting to be pure