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 Matthew 16:26

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 for Matthew 16:26

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 16:26

16:24 If any man be willing to come after me - None is forced; but if any will be a Christian, it must be on these terms, Let him deny himself, and take up his cross - A rule that can never be too much observed: let him in all things deny his own will, however pleasing, and do the will of God, however painful. Should we not consider all crosses, all things grievous to flesh and blood, as what they really are, as opportunities of embracing God's will at the expense of our own? And consequently as so many steps by which we may advance toward perfection? We should make a swift progress in the spiritual life, if we were faithful in this practice. Crosses are so frequent, that whoever makes advantage of them, will soon be a great gainer. Great crosses are occasions of great improvement: and the little ones, which come daily, and even hourly, make up in number what they want in weight. We may in these daily and hourly crosses make effectual oblations of our will to God; which oblations, so frequently repeated, will soon amount to a great sum. Let us remember then (what can never be sufficiently inculcated) that God is the author of all events: that none is so small or inconsiderable, as to escape his notice and direction. Every event therefore declares to us the will of God, to which thus declared we should heartily submit. We should renounce our own to embrace it; we should approve and choose what his choice warrants as best for us. Herein should we exercise ourselves continually; this should be our practice all the day long. We should in humility accept the little crosses that are dispensed to us, as those that best suit our weakness. Let us bear these little things, at least for God's sake, and prefer his will to our own in matters of so small importance. And his goodness will accept these mean oblations; for he despiseth not the day of small things. #Matt 10:38|.

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.

16:27 For the Son of man shall come - For there is no way to escape the righteous judgment of God.

16:28 And as an emblem of this, there are some here who shall live to see tho Messiah coming to set up his mediatorial kingdom, with great power and glory, by the increase of his Church, and the destruction of the temple, city, and polity of the Jews.

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

  • Mat on 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.
  • Zanele Ndlovu on Matthew 16:26
    This verse makes me to re-think everything because nothing on earth is permanent all is passing all is vanity.
  • Idara christopher on Matthew 16:26
    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 on Matthew 16:26
    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 on Matthew 16:26
    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
  • Leila on Matthew 16:26
    It was my grandfathers favorite verse in the Bible and as I read it I now see the importance as I have gotten older. It is a verse to really ponder on and take heed! It is so true
  • Kanisuru on Matthew 16:26
    I believe the decision to follow our lord Jesus christ is the best there is, cos we are assured of multiple of what we left behind
  • Calvin on Matthew 16:26
    A person must not sin simply because he she loves anything in this world. You must think about your soul because the time is coming for everyone to say goodbye to this world. Jesus Christ is true, everyone must look forward where we are going because the world is just an obstacle. Not everyone who says to Jesus Christ "Lord " will get in the kingdom of heaven -because many are Christians but they love the world and everything in it, they ignore the word of God and break his laws to satisfy their wills. AMEN.
  • Bele on Matthew 16:26
    so clear and straight forward. for me to leave is christ to die is gain.
  • Sylvia from the philippines on Matthew 16:26
    Our elder once shared to me about this verse in Matthew 16. wht stuck in my mind is the story of one of the riches and famous man on earth. he succumb to a lingering illness his money was not able to help cure him. on his dying bed, he requested his family to lay him on a special coffin with holes on both upper sides where both his arms could be extended out. He wished that all his famous and rich friends be invited on his wake and them be showed how he died, and them to look and remeber his outstrectched arms and open hands, expressing and warning them this lesson "WHEN WE ALL DIE, WE WILL ALL BE EMPTY HANDED, NO MATTER HOW MUCH WE WORK HARD TO GAIN THE WORLD " so now, let us ask our very own self, what are we busy about? is it simply for our gain or we are busy not just for our gain but for others as well. remember, God says, you save your soul by saving others FIRST... "GOD LOVES US SO MUCH THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON THAT WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM SHALL NOT PERISH BUT SHALL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE "


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