Luke 17:33

33 Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it.

Read Luke 17:33 Using Other Translations

Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it.
If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it.

What does Luke 17:33 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Luke 17:33

Whosoever shall seek to save his life
By fleeing to some strong hold, or by continuing in the metropolis, and strongest city in the nation, Jerusalem:

shall lose it:
there he will be in the greatest danger:

and whosoever shall lose his life;
or expose it to danger, by fleeing to the mountains, or going to Pella, a small town beyond Jordan, of no strength, and where there might be thought no security;

shall preserve it; he shall be safe; (See Gill on Matthew 16:25).

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