36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?

Other Translations of Mark 8:36

King James Version

36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

English Standard Version

36  For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?

The Message

36 What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you?

New King James Version

36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

New Living Translation

36 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Mark 8:36

Commentary on Mark 8:34-38

(Read Mark 8:34-38)

Frequent notice is taken of the great flocking there was to Christ for help in various cases. All are concerned to know this, if they expect him to heal their souls. They must not indulge the ease of the body. As the happiness of heaven with Christ, is enough to make up for the loss of life itself for him, so the gain of all the world in sin, will not make up for the ruin of the soul by sin. And there is a day coming, when the cause of Christ will appear as glorious, as some now think it mean and contemptible. May we think of that season, and view every earthly object as we shall do at that great day.