Matthew 10:39

Shall lose it (apolesei authn). This paradox appears in four forms according to Allen (1) Matthew 10:39 (2) Mark 8:35 ; Matthew 16:25 ; Luke 9:24 (3) Luke 17:33 (4) John 12:25 . The Wisdom of Sirach (Hebrew text) in 51:26 has: "He that giveth his life findeth her (wisdom)." It is one of the profound sayings of Christ that he repeated many times. Plato (Gorgias 512) has language somewhat similar though not so sharply put. The article and aorist participles here (o eurwn, o apolesa) are timeless in themselves just like o decomeno in verses John 40 and John 41 .