Luke 9:59
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New International Version
He said to another man, "Follow me." But he replied, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father."

New Living Translation
He said to another person, "Come, follow me." The man agreed, but he said, "Lord, first let me return home and bury my father."

English Standard Version
To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”

New American Standard Bible
And He said to another, "Follow Me." But he said, "Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father."

King James Bible
And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then He said to another, "Follow Me."" Lord," he said, "first let me go bury my father."

International Standard Version
He told another man, "Follow me." But he said, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father."

NET Bible
Jesus said to another, "Follow me." But he replied, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he said to another, “Come after me.” But he said to him, “My lord, permit me first to go bury my Father.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He told another man, "Follow me!" But the man said, "Sir, first let me go to bury my father."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father.

American King James Version
And he said to another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

American Standard Version
And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he said to another: Follow me. And he said: Lord, suffer me first to go, and to bury my father.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said to another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, allow me to go first and bury my father.

English Revised Version
And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said to another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

Weymouth New Testament
"Follow me," He said to another. "Master," the man replied, "allow me first to go and bury my father."

World English Bible
He said to another, "Follow me!" But he said, "Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father."

Young's Literal Translation
And he said unto another, 'Be following me;' and he said, 'Sir, permit me, having gone away, first to bury my father;'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

9:57-62 Here is one that is forward to follow Christ, but seems to have been hasty and rash, and not to have counted the cost. If we mean to follow Christ, we must lay aside the thoughts of great things in the world. Let us not try to join the profession of Christianity, with seeking after worldly advantages. Here is another that seems resolved to follow Christ, but he begs a short delay. To this man Christ first gave the call; he said to him, Follow me. Religion teaches us to be kind and good, to show piety at home, and to requite our parents; but we must not make these an excuse for neglecting our duty to God. Here is another that is willing to follow Christ, but he must have a little time to talk with his friends about it, and to set in order his household affairs, and give directions concerning them. He seemed to have worldly concerns more upon his heart than he ought to have, and he was willing to enter into a temptation leading him from his purpose of following Christ. No one can do any business in a proper manner, if he is attending to other things. Those who begin with the work of God, must resolve to go on, or they will make nothing of it. Looking back, leads to drawing back, and drawing back is to perdition. He only that endures to the end shall be saved.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 59, 60. - And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. In this case the Master was the Summoner. Something he read in this man's heart, or words he had heard him speak, moved the Redeemer's great love, so he gave him a special call. This was a very different character from the last. Whereas that seeker for work from Jesus was impulsive, and even thoughtless in his enthusiasm, one who would begin to act without counting the cost, this one was overcautious, cold and calculating to an ungenerous excess; yet there was evidently sterling stuff in the character, for Jesus argues and remonstrates with him; there was, too, much gold mingled with the earth of that man's disposition, for the Lord lightly to let it go. It is thus that the Spirit pleads still with the selfishness which disfigures many a noble and devoted servant of high God. He seems to say, "My call is too imperative to yield to any home duties, however orderly and respectable." During the official days of mourning (in the case of a funeral, these were seven) the impression now made by his summoning words would have worn off. It is noticeable that the home duties, which Jesus suggested should give place to other and more imperative claims, were in connection with the dead. It was not the living father who was to be left to hirelings, only the inanimate corpse. It was rather a society call than a home or family duty which was to give place to work for the Master. St. Chrysostom makes some quaint, but strikingly practical, remarks here. "He might need, if he went to the funeral, to proceed, after the burial, to make inquiry about the will, and then about the distribution of the inheritance, and all the other things that followed thereupon; and thus waves after waves of things coming in upon him in succession might bear him very far away from the harbour of truth. For this cause, doubtless, the Saviour draws him, and fastens him to himself."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he said unto another, follow me,.... According to Matthew, one of his disciples, who had attended him some time, and whom he now called to the ministerial work; See Gill on Matthew 8:20. The Ethiopic version reads, "another said to him, shall I not follow thee?" but without any foundation: they are certainly the words of Christ, directed to another person, at the same time he met with the former:

but he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father; See Gill on Matthew 8:21.



Luke 9:59 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Cost of Following Jesus
58And Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head." 59And He said to another, "Follow Me." But he said, "Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father." 60But He said to him, "Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God."…
Cross References
Matthew 8:22
But Jesus told him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead."

Luke 9:60
Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God."
Treasury of Scripture

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