Luke 9:61
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New International Version
Still another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family."

New Living Translation
Another said, "Yes, Lord, I will follow you, but first let me say good-bye to my family."

English Standard Version
Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.”

New American Standard Bible
Another also said, "I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home."

King James Bible
And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Another also said, "I will follow You, Lord, but first let me go and say good-bye to those at my house."

International Standard Version
Still another man said, "I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say goodbye to those at home."

NET Bible
Yet another said, "I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say goodbye to my family."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And another said to him, “I shall come after you, my lord, but permit me first to say goodbye to my children, and I shall come.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Another said, "I'll follow you, sir, but first let me tell my family goodbye."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee, but let me first go bid farewell those who are at home at my house.

King James 2000 Bible
And another also said, Lord, I will follow you; but let me first go bid them farewell, who are at home at my house.

American King James Version
And another also said, Lord, I will follow you; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.

American Standard Version
And another also said, I will follow thee, Lord; but first suffer me to bid farewell to them that are at my house.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And another said: I will follow thee, Lord; but let me first take my leave of them that are at my house.

Darby Bible Translation
And another also said, I will follow thee, Lord, but first allow me to bid adieu to those at my house.

English Revised Version
And another also said, I will follow thee, Lord; but first suffer me to bid farewell to them that are at my house.

Webster's Bible Translation
And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.

Weymouth New Testament
"Master," said yet another, "I will follow you; but allow me first to go and say good-bye to my friends at home."

World English Bible
Another also said, "I want to follow you, Lord, but first allow me to say good-bye to those who are at my house."

Young's Literal Translation
And another also said, 'I will follow thee, sir, but first permit me to take leave of those in my house;'
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 61, 62. - And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. There is an implied reproach in our Lord s reply to what, on first thoughts, would seem a reasonable request. The offer in this case came from the man himself. It would appear that this would-be disciple, on thinking the matter over, considered it might be desirable to hear what his family and friends thought about his project. At all events, one thing is clear his first ardour was cooled, his first love left. The Master, in his pithy but striking comment, shows when such is the case, that there is little or no hope of any real noble work being carried out. The simile is drawn from agricultural imagery. Jesus was evidently very familiar with all the little details of rural life. We find a similar saying in Hesiod, "He who would plough straight furrows, must not look about him" ('Works and Days,' 2:60).





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And another also said,.... "To him", as the Syriac and Arabic versions add, that is, to Christ; the Ethiopic version reads, "and a third said to him"; for this is the third person mentioned in this relation of Luke's; only two are spoken of by Matthew, but a third is added here:

Lord, I will follow thee; he moves it himself, to be a disciple of his, and a preacher of his Gospel, only with this condition:

but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house: as Elisha desired Elijah, that he might go and kiss his father and his mother and then he promises he would follow him, 1 Kings 19:20. The Syriac version adds, "and I will come"; and the Persic, "and give commands, and then, will I:come": and the phrase not only signifies, that he desired to take leave of his friends, but to compose and set in order his family affairs, and dispose of his worldly effects among his domestics, relations, and friends, in the best manner he could; and then he should have leisure, and be at liberty to follow Christ, and attend his service.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

61. I will follow … but—The second disciple had a "but" too—a difficulty in the way just then. Yet the different treatment of the two cases shows how different was the spirit of the two, and to that our Lord addressed Himself. The case of Elisha (1Ki 19:19-21), though apparently similar to this, will be found quite different from the "looking back" of this case, the best illustration of which is that of those Hindu converts of our day who, when once persuaded to leave their spiritual fathers in order to "bid them farewell which are at home at their house," very rarely return to them. (Also see on [1620]Mt 8:21.)

Luke 9:61 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Cost of Following Jesus
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." 61Another also said, "I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home." 62But Jesus said to him, "No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."
Cross References
1 Kings 19:20
Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. "Let me kiss my father and mother goodbye," he said, "and then I will come with you." "Go back," Elijah replied. "What have I done to you?"

2 Corinthians 2:13
I still had no peace of mind, because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said goodbye to them and went on to Macedonia.
Treasury of Scripture

And another also said, Lord, I will follow you; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.

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Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there …

Matthew 10:37,38 He that loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: …

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