Matthew 8:19
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New International Version
Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go."

New Living Translation
Then one of the teachers of religious law said to him, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go."

English Standard Version
And a scribe came up and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”

Berean Study Bible
And one of the scribes came to Him and said, "Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go."

Berean Literal Bible
And one scribe, having approached Him, said "Teacher, I will follow You wherever that You should go."

New American Standard Bible
Then a scribe came and said to Him, "Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go."

King James Bible
And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A scribe approached Him and said, "Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go!"

International Standard Version
Just then, a scribe came up and told him, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go."

NET Bible
Then an expert in the law came to him and said, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go."

New Heart English Bible
Then a scribe came, and said to him, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
One scribe came near and said to him, “Rabbi, I shall come after you, wherever you go.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A scribe came to him and said, "Teacher, I'll follow you wherever you go."

New American Standard 1977
And a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And a certain scribe came and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee wherever thou goest.

King James 2000 Bible
And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.

American King James Version
And a certain scribe came, and said to him, Master, I will follow you wherever you go.

American Standard Version
And there came a scribe, and said unto him, Teacher, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And a certain scribe came and said to him: Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou shalt go.

Darby Bible Translation
And a scribe came up and said to him, Teacher, I will follow thee whithersoever thou mayest go.

English Revised Version
And there came a scribe, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.

Webster's Bible Translation
And a certain scribe came, and said to him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.

Weymouth New Testament
when a Scribe came and said to Him, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go."

World English Bible
A scribe came, and said to him, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go."

Young's Literal Translation
and a certain scribe having come, said to him, 'Teacher, I will follow thee wherever thou mayest go;'
Study Bible
The Cost of Discipleship
18When Jesus saw a large crowd around Him, He gave orders to cross to the other side. 19And one of the scribes came to Him and said, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” 20Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.”…
Cross References
Luke 9:57
As they were walking along the road, someone said to Jesus, "I will follow You wherever You go."

1 Corinthians 16:6
Perhaps I will stay with you awhile, or even spend the winter, so that you can help me on my journey, wherever I may go.
Treasury of Scripture

And a certain scribe came, and said to him, Master, I will follow you wherever you go.

certain.

Ezra 7:6 This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was a ready scribe in the …

Mark 12:32-34 And the scribe said to him, Well, Master, you have said the truth: …

Luke 9:57,58 And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man …

1 Corinthians 1:20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of …

I will.

Luke 14:25-27,33 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said to them…

Luke 22:33,34 And he said to him, Lord, I am ready to go with you, both into prison, …

John 13:36-38 Simon Peter said to him, Lord, where go you? Jesus answered him, …

(19) A certain scribe came.--The facts that follow are placed by St. Luke, as we have seen, in quite another stage of our Lord's ministry. The fact that it was a scribe that came is striking, as showing that the impression made by our Lord's teaching was not confined to the "common people" that "heard him gladly." As Nicodemus had already come confessing that He was a "Teacher come from God," so in Galilee there was one whom the Sermon on the Mount, or some like discourse, had led to volunteer at least the show of discipleship.

Verses 19-22. - Parallel passage: Luke 9:57-62. The would-be followers. (On this section, cf. by all means Trench, 'Studies in the Gospels,' pp. 156-167: 1867.) Notice that St. Luke

(1) places it almost at the beginning of the Great Episode, calling attention by it to the qualifications required of those who would follow the Lord Up to Jerusalem;

(2) adds a third example. So far as we have materials for deciding, the chronological position found in St. Matthew seems more probable. Verse 19. - And a certain scribe came; Revised Version, and there came a scribe. Contrast the order in ver. 2. There the leper was recognized as such before ever he came near, an emphasis being laid on him and his actions by the addition of "Behold;" here the official position is of but secondary importance. A certain; a (Revised Version); εϊς. The Hebrew numeral not uncommonly stands for an indefinite article (cf. Matthew 9:18. [Westcott and Hort]; 26:69). Trench's "one scribe... with, perhaps, an emphasis on the 'one' to mark how unfrequent such offers were," is tempting, but improbable. Scribe. St. Matthew alone records his profession. Perhaps because the distinction of Jewish classes presented itself more vividly to his mind than to St. Luke's. And said unto him; Master; better, with the Revised Version margin, teacher (διδάσκαλε). It may be that he recognized one who was superior in an important branch of his own occupation, or, less probably, that he willingly accorded to him a title due to his occupation (cf. John 3:2; and infra, Matthew 12:38). I will follow thee; ἀκολουθήσω (not ἐγὼ ἀκολουθήσω σοι). Self is placed in the background; he is wholly taken up with that which he proposes doing. Whithersoever thou goest. Though, as a scribe, he would naturally prefer quiet. Contrast John 6:66 (περιεπάτουν). But the discomforts would be greater than he expected. Observe, however, that there is no sign. in him of that φιλαργυρία of which he has been accused (Cram. Cat.). Trench strangely favours the suggestion that he was Judas. Is Revelation 14:4 a reminiscence of this offer? And a certain Scribe came,.... "As they went in the way", Luke 9:57 to go to the sea side, in order to take shipping, and pass to the other shore;

and said unto him, Master, or Rabbi, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. One would have thought, that this man desired in good earnest to be a disciple of Christ, were it not for Christ's answer to him, who knew his heart: from whence it appears, that he, seeing the miracles which Christ wrought, and observing the fame of him among the people, began to think that he would be generally received as the Messiah; and by joining himself to him, promised himself much ease, honour, and wealth. These seem to be the motives, which prevailed upon him to take so sudden and hasty a step; for he did not wait to be called to follow Christ, as the other disciples were, but offers himself to be one; that is, to be one of his intimates, one of his apostles; and besides, he rashly promises to do that, which he knew nothing of, and which in some cases is impossible to be done. 19. And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.8:18-22 One of the scribes was too hasty in promising; he proffers himself to be a close follower of Christ. He seems to be very resolute. Many resolutions for religion are produced by sudden conviction, and taken up without due consideration; these come to nothing. When this scribe offered to follow Christ, one would think he should have been encouraged; one scribe might do more credit and service than twelve fishermen; but Christ saw his heart, and answered to its thoughts, and therein teaches all how to come to Christ. His resolve seems to have been from a worldly, covetous principle; but Christ had not a place to lay his head on, and if he follows him, he must not expect to fare better than he fared. We have reason to think this scribe went away. Another was too slow. Delay in doing is as bad on the one hand, as hastiness in resolving is on the other. He asked leave to attend his father to his grave, and then he would be at Christ's service. This seemed reasonable, yet it was not right. He had not true zeal for the work. Burying the dead, especially a dead father, is a good work, but it is not thy work at this time. If Christ requires our service, affection even for the nearest and dearest relatives, and for things otherwise our duty, must give way. An unwilling mind never wants an excuse. Jesus said to him, Follow me; and, no doubt, power went with this word to him as to others; he did follow Christ, and cleaved to him. The scribe said, I will follow thee; to this man Christ said, Follow me; comparing them together, it shows that we are brought to Christ by the force of his call to us, Ro 9:16.
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