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Matthew 16:25-26

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16:25 For whoever wants to save his life 1  will lose it, 2  but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 16:26 For what does it benefit a person 3  if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life? Or what can a person give in exchange for his life?

1 tn Or “soul” (throughout vv. 25-26).

2 sn The point of the saying whoever wants to save his life will lose it is that if one comes to Jesus then rejection by many will certainly follow. If self-protection is a key motivation, then one will not respond to Jesus and will not be saved. One who is willing to risk rejection will respond and find true life.

3 tn Grk “a man,” but ἄνθρωπος (anqrwpo") is used in a generic sense here to refer to both men and women.



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