Matthew 16:25

25 For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.

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Matthew 16:25 in Other Translations

KJV
25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
ESV
25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
NLT
25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.
MSG
25 Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self.
CSB
25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will find it.

Matthew 16:25 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 16:25

For whosoever will save his life
Whoever is desirous of preserving himself from troubles, reproaches, persecutions, and death; and takes such a method to do it, as by forsaking Christ, denying his Gospel, and dropping his profession of it; and by so doing, curries favour with men, in order to procure to himself worldly emoluments, honour, peace, pleasure, and life,

shall lose it;
he will expose himself to the wrath of God, to everlasting punishment, the destruction of soul and body in hell, which is the second death, and will be his portion:

and whosoever will lose his life for my sake:
that is, is willing to forego all the pleasures and comforts of life, and be subject to poverty and distress, and to lay down life itself, for the sake of Christ and the Gospel, rather than deny him, and part with truth,

shall find it;
in the other world, to great advantage; he shall enjoy an immortal and eternal life, free from all uneasiness and affliction, and full of endless joys and pleasures.

Matthew 16:25 In-Context

23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
25 For whoever wants to save their lifewill lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.
26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.

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  • [a]. The Greek word means either "life" or "soul" ; also in verse 26.
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