Luke 9:62
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New International Version
Jesus replied, "No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."

New Living Translation
But Jesus told him, "Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God."

English Standard Version
Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

New American Standard Bible
But Jesus said to him, "No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."

King James Bible
And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But Jesus said to him, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."

International Standard Version
Jesus told him, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."

NET Bible
Jesus said to him, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yeshua said to him, “No man lays his hands to plow and gazes behind him and is fit for the Kingdom of God.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus said to him, "Whoever starts to plow and looks back is not fit for the kingdom of God."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Jesus said unto him, No one having put his hand to the plough and looking back is fit for the kingdom of God.

King James 2000 Bible
And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

American King James Version
And Jesus said to him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

American Standard Version
But Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Jesus said to him: No man putting his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Darby Bible Translation
But Jesus said to him, No one having laid his hand on [the] plough and looking back is fit for the kingdom of God.

English Revised Version
But Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Jesus said to him, No man having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Weymouth New Testament
Jesus answered him, "No one who has put his hand to the plough, and then looks behind him, is fit for the Kingdom of God.

World English Bible
But Jesus said to him, "No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God."

Young's Literal Translation
and Jesus said unto him, 'No one having put his hand on a plough, and looking back, is fit for the reign of God.'
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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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Jesus said unto him,.... The copulative "and", is left out in the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, Arabic, and Persic versions:

no man having put his hand to the plough; or "ploughshare", as reads the Syriac version; or "plough handle", as the Persic; referring, as Beza thinks, to the business of Elisha, in 1 Kings 19:19

And looking back; behind him; for the ploughman ought to look before him, on his plough, and the ground he is ploughing, or he is not fit to be a ploughman; nor will he make proper furrows, or do his work well; and so he that enters upon the ministerial work, and looks back, and engages himself in the affairs of the world, sets his heart on them, and spends his time in them,

is not fit for the kingdom of God: that is, to preach the kingdom of God, as in Luke 9:60. He cannot serve God and mammon, his own interest, and the interest of Christ; he cannot rightly perform the work of the ministry, whilst his thoughts and time are taken up in the affairs of the world.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

62. No man, &c.—As ploughing requires an eye intent on the furrow to be made, and is marred the instant one turns about, so will they come short of salvation who prosecute the work of God with a distracted attention, a divided heart. Though the reference seems chiefly to ministers, the application is general. The expression "looking back" has a manifest reference to "Lot's wife" (Ge 19:26; and see on [1621]Lu 17:32). It is not actual return to the world, but a reluctance to break with it. (Also see on [1622]Mt 8:21.)

Luke 9:62 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Cost of Following Jesus
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?"

Philippians 3:13
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,
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