Lest haply, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)See Poole on "Luke 14:28"
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,Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Luke 14:29. ἐμπαίζειν, to mock; an unfinished tower is specially ridiculous: height is essential.—οὗτος, etc., this man, contemptuously; “this” stands for a proper name. “Vulgo ponunt N. N.,” Bengel. Jesus here appeals with characteristic tact to one of the most sensitive feelings of human nature—shrinking from ridicule. Who would care to be spoken of all his days as the man who commenced a tower and could not finish it?29. all that behold it begin to mock him] Very possibly this might have actually happened in some well-known instance, since the Herodian family had a passion for great buildings and probably found many imitators. First failure, then shame awaits renegade professions and extinguished enthusiasms.Luke 14:29. Ἄρξωνται, begin to) No one laughs at the man, whose attempts are not abortive.
 It is only when they prove failures, men then begin to laugh.—E. and T.
Lit., "to finish out" (ἐκ).
Attentively watching the progress of the building. See on Luke 10:18.
Begin to mock
As his resources come to an end.
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