Luke 14:29
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New International Version
For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you,

New Living Translation
Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you.

English Standard Version
Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,

Berean Study Bible
Otherwise, if he lays the foundation and is unable to finish the work, everyone who sees it will ridicule him,

Berean Literal Bible
Otherwise, he having laid its foundation and not being able to finish, all seeing it may begin to mock him,

New American Standard Bible
"Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him,

King James Bible
Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Otherwise, after he has laid the foundation and cannot finish it, all the onlookers will begin to make fun of him,

International Standard Version
Otherwise, if he lays a foundation and can't finish the building, everyone who watches will begin to ridicule him

NET Bible
Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish the tower, all who see it will begin to make fun of him.

New Heart English Bible
Or perhaps, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, everyone who sees begins to mock him,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Lest when he lays the foundation and cannot finish, all who see will mock him,”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Otherwise, if you lay a foundation and can't finish the building, everyone who watches will make fun of you.

New American Standard 1977
“Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Lest perhaps after he has laid the foundation and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,

King James 2000 Bible
Lest perhaps, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,

American King James Version
Lest haply, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,

American Standard Version
Lest haply, when he hath laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all that behold begin to mock him,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Lest, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able ti finish it, all that see it begin to mock him,

Darby Bible Translation
in order that, having laid the foundation of it, and not being able to finish it, all who see it do not begin to mock at him,

English Revised Version
Lest haply, when he hath laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all that behold begin to mock him,

Webster's Bible Translation
Lest perhaps after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,

Weymouth New Testament
lest perhaps, when he has laid the foundation and is unable to finish, all who see it shall begin to jeer at him,

World English Bible
Or perhaps, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, everyone who sees begins to mock him,

Young's Literal Translation
lest that he having laid a foundation, and not being able to finish, all who are beholding may begin to mock him,
Study Bible
The Cost of Discipleship
28Which of you, wishing to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost to see if he has the resources to complete it? 29Otherwise, if he lays the foundation and is unable to finish the work, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, 30saying, ‘This man could not finish what he started to build.’…
Cross References
Luke 14:28
Which of you, wishing to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost to see if he has the resources to complete it?

Luke 14:30
saying, 'This man could not finish what he started to build.'
Treasury of Scripture

Lest haply, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,

Lest haply after he hath laid the foundation,.... Has begun to build, has taken up a profession, has submitted to ordinances, and got into a church state:

and is not able to finish it; a foundation may be laid, and the building may never be finished, because the foundation is not laid right; was it, it would continue, and the building go on, and at last be finished; though no man is able to finish it of himself, yet those hands which have laid the foundation, will raise up the superstructure, and complete the whole building, through the power and efficacy of divine grace: but where there is a beginning, and which at first looks well, and there is no progress, but the work is dropped and left unfinished,

all that behold it, begin to mock; as follows; 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.
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