Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
"Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
Whoever clings to this life will lose it, and whoever loses this life will save it.
If you grasp and cling to life on your terms, you'll lose it, but if you let that life go, you'll get life on God's terms.
If anyone makes an attempt to keep his life, it will be taken from him, but if anyone gives up his life, he will keep it.
Those who try to make their life secure will lose it, but those who lose their life will keep it.
"Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
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1 tn Or “tries to preserve”; Grk “seeks to gain.”
sn If there is no willingness to suffer the world’s rejection at this point, then one will not respond to Jesus (which is trying to keep his life) and then will be subject to this judgment (which is losing it).
2 sn Whoever loses his life. Suffering and persecution caused by the world, even to death, cannot stop God from saving (Luke 12:4-6).