Luke 14:28
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New International Version
"Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won't you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?

New Living Translation
"But don't begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?

English Standard Version
For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?

New American Standard Bible
"For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?

King James Bible
For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn't first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?

International Standard Version
"Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. He will first sit down and estimate the cost to see whether he has enough money to finish it, won't he?

NET Bible
For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn't sit down first and compute the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“For who among you, who wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate its cost, if he is able to finish it,”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Suppose you want to build a tower. You would first sit down and figure out what it costs. Then you would see if you have enough money to finish it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For which of you intending to build a tower does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has sufficient to finish it?

King James 2000 Bible
For which of you, intending to build a tower, sits not down first, and counts the cost, whether he has enough to finish it?

American King James Version
For which of you, intending to build a tower, sits not down first, and counts the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

American Standard Version
For which of you, desiring to build a tower, doth not first sit down and count the cost, whether he have wherewith to complete it?

Douay-Rheims Bible
For which of you having a mind to build a tower, doth not first sit down, and reckon the charges that are necessary, whether he have wherewithal to finish it:

Darby Bible Translation
For which of you, desirous of building a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, if he have what [is needed] to complete it;

English Revised Version
For which of you, desiring to build a tower, doth not first sit down and count the cost, whether he have wherewith to complete it?

Webster's Bible Translation
For which of you intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he hath sufficient to finish it?

Weymouth New Testament
"Which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not sit down first and calculate the cost, asking if he has the means to finish it? --

World English Bible
For which of you, desiring to build a tower, doesn't first sit down and count the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it?

Young's Literal Translation
'For who of you, willing to build a tower, doth not first, having sat down, count the expence, whether he have the things for completing?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

14:25-35 Though the disciples of Christ are not all crucified, yet they all bear their cross, and must bear it in the way of duty. Jesus bids them count upon it, and then consider of it. Our Saviour explains this by two similitudes; the former showing that we must consider the expenses of our religion; the latter, that we must consider the perils of it. Sit down and count the cost; consider it will cost the mortifying of sin, even the most beloved lusts. The proudest and most daring sinner cannot stand against God, for who knows the power of his anger? It is our interest to seek peace with him, and we need not send to ask conditions of peace, they are offered to us, and are highly to our advantage. In some way a disciple of Christ will be put to the trial. May we seek to be disciples indeed, and be careful not to grow slack in our profession, or afraid of the cross; that we may be the good salt of the earth, to season those around us with the savour of Christ.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 28-30. - For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. The imagery was not an unfamiliar one in those days. The magnificent Herodian house had a passion for erecting great buildings, sacred and profane, in the varied cities under their sway. They would doubtless be often imitated, and no doubt many an unfinished edifice testified to the foolish emulation of some would-be imitator of the extravagant royal house. Now, such incomplete piles of masonry and brickwork simply excite a contemptuous pity for the builder, who has so falsely calculated his resources when he drew the plan of the palace or villa he was never able to finish. So in the spiritual life, the would-be professor finds such living harder than he supposed, and so gives up trying after the nobler way of living altogether; and the world, who watched his feeble efforts and listened with an incredulous smile when he proclaimed his intentions, now ridicules him, and pours scorn upon what it considers an unattainable ideal. Such an attempt and failure injure the cause of God.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For which of you intending to build a tower,.... Taking up a profession of Christ and his Gospel, is like building a tower; which, as a tower, must be laid on a good foundation; not on carnal descent and parentage; nor on a sober and religious education; nor on a civil, moral life and conversation; nor on a bare knowledge of Gospel truths and a flash of affection for them, and the people of God; but upon Christ the sure foundation; and on principles of grace formed by his Spirit, in their hearts: and this, like a tower, is carried very high; not by professing high things, but by living on high amidst a profession; by having the affections set on things above; and by looking down with contempt on things below; and by looking to, and pressing after, the prize of the high calling of God in Christ: the profession of some persons is very low; it arises from low principles, and proceeds on low views, aims, and ends; but where it is right, and well founded, it is like a tower, firm and steady, and is a fortress and bulwark against apostacy. Now what person acting deliberately in such a case as this, and proceeding with intention and design,

sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? as every wise man would, who has any thoughts of building a tower, or any other edifice: and so such that have an intention to take up a profession of religion, should sit down and well consider of it; which does not imply, that persons should delay making a profession, on whom it is incumbent; but that this should be done with thoughtfulness, care, and prudence: it should be considered on what foundation a man is going to build: whether the work of grace is truly wrought upon his soul; what be the nature and use of Gospel ordinances; with what views he takes up a profession, and submits to ordinances; what the church and minister are, he intends to walk with; and what the charge and cost of a profession; for such a work is chargeable and costly, and should be thought of and considered, whether he is able to bear it: for he will be called to self-denial; and must expect to suffer the loss of the favour of carnal relations and friends; and to be exposed to the scorn and rage of the world; a cross must be took up and bore; and great grace and strength are requisite to all this.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

28-33. which of you, &c.—Common sense teaches men not to begin any costly work without first seeing that they have wherewithal to finish. And he who does otherwise exposes himself to general ridicule. Nor will any wise potentate enter on a war with any hostile power without first seeing to it that, despite formidable odds (two to one), he be able to stand his ground; and if he has no hope of this, he will feel that nothing remains for him but to make the best terms he can. Even so, says our Lord, "in the warfare you will each have to wage as My disciples, despise not your enemy's strength, for the odds are all against you; and you had better see to it that, despite every disadvantage, you still have wherewithal to hold out and win the day, or else not begin at all, and make the best you can in such awful circumstances." In this simple sense of the parable (Stier, Alford, &c., go wide of the mark here in making the enemy to be God, because of the "conditions of peace," Lu 14:32), two things are taught: (1) Better not begin (Re 3:15), than begin and not finish. (2) Though the contest for salvation be on our part an awfully unequal one, the human will, in the exercise of that "faith which overcometh the world" (1Jo 5:4), and nerved by power from above, which "out of weakness makes it strong" (Heb 11:34; 1Pe 1:5), becomes heroical and will come off "more than conqueror." But without absolute surrender of self the contest is hopeless (Lu 14:33).

Luke 14:28 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Cost of Following Jesus
27"Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28"For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? 29"Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him,…
Cross References
Luke 14:27
And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

Luke 14:29
For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you,
Treasury of Scripture

For which of you, intending to build a tower, sits not down first, and counts the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

intending.

Genesis 11:4-9 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top …

Proverbs 24:27 Prepare your work without, and make it fit for yourself in the field; …

counteth.

Luke 14:33 So likewise, whoever he be of you that forsakes not all that he has, …

Joshua 24:19-24 And Joshua said to the people, You cannot serve the LORD: for he …

Matthew 8:20 And Jesus said to him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the …

Matthew 10:22 And you shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that …

Matthew 20:22,23 But Jesus answered and said, You know not what you ask. Are you able …

Acts 21:13 Then Paul answered, What mean you to weep and to break my heart? …

1 Thessalonians 3:4,5 For truly, when we were with you, we told you before that we should …

2 Peter 1:13,14 Yes, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir …

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