Luke 14:28
New International Version
"Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won't you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?

New Living Translation
"But don't begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?

English Standard Version
For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?

Berean Study Bible
Which of you, wishing to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost to see if he has the resources to complete it?

Berean Literal Bible
For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first, having sat down, count the cost, whether he has enough for its completion?

New American Standard Bible
"For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?

King James Bible
For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

Christian Standard Bible
"For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn't first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?

Contemporary English Version
Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. What is the first thing you will do? Won't you sit down and figure out how much it will cost and if you have enough money to pay for it?

Good News Translation
If one of you is planning to build a tower, you sit down first and figure out what it will cost, to see if you have enough money to finish the job.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn't first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?

International Standard Version
"Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. He will first sit down and estimate the cost to see whether he has enough money to finish it, won't he?

NET Bible
For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn't sit down first and compute the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it?

New Heart English Bible
For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“For who among you, who wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate its cost, if he is able to finish it,”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Suppose you want to build a tower. You would first sit down and figure out what it costs. Then you would see if you have enough money to finish it.

New American Standard 1977
“For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it?

Jubilee Bible 2000
For which of you intending to build a tower does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has sufficient to finish it?

King James 2000 Bible
For which of you, intending to build a tower, sits not down first, and counts the cost, whether he has enough to finish it?

American King James Version
For which of you, intending to build a tower, sits not down first, and counts the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

American Standard Version
For which of you, desiring to build a tower, doth not first sit down and count the cost, whether he have wherewith to complete it?

Douay-Rheims Bible
For which of you having a mind to build a tower, doth not first sit down, and reckon the charges that are necessary, whether he have wherewithal to finish it:

Darby Bible Translation
For which of you, desirous of building a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, if he have what [is needed] to complete it;

English Revised Version
For which of you, desiring to build a tower, doth not first sit down and count the cost, whether he have wherewith to complete it?

Webster's Bible Translation
For which of you intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he hath sufficient to finish it?

Weymouth New Testament
"Which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not sit down first and calculate the cost, asking if he has the means to finish it? --

World English Bible
For which of you, desiring to build a tower, doesn't first sit down and count the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it?

Young's Literal Translation
'For who of you, willing to build a tower, doth not first, having sat down, count the expence, whether he have the things for completing?
Study Bible
The Cost of Discipleship
27And whoever does not carry his cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple. 28Which of you, wishing to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost to see if he has the resources to complete it? 29Otherwise, if he lays the foundation and is unable to finish the work, everyone who sees it will ridicule him,…
Cross References
Luke 14:27
And whoever does not carry his cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple.

Luke 14:29
Otherwise, if he lays the foundation and is unable to finish the work, everyone who sees it will ridicule him,

Treasury of Scripture

For which of you, intending to build a tower, sits not down first, and counts the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

intending.

Genesis 11:4-9
And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth…

Proverbs 24:27
Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.

counteth.

Luke 14:33
So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

Joshua 24:19-24
And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins…

Matthew 8:20
And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.







Lexicon
Which
Τίς (Tis)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5101: Who, which, what, why. Probably emphatic of tis; an interrogative pronoun, who, which or what.

of
ἐξ (ex)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

you,
ὑμῶν (hymōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

wishing
θέλων (thelōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2309: To will, wish, desire, be willing, intend, design.

to build
οἰκοδομῆσαι (oikodomēsai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 3618: From the same as oikodome; to be a house-builder, i.e. Construct or confirm.

a tower,
πύργον (pyrgon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4444: A tower, fortified structure. Apparently a primary word; a tower or castle.

{does} not
οὐχὶ (ouchi)
IntPrtcl
Strong's Greek 3780: By no means, not at all. Intensive of ou; not indeed.

first
πρῶτον (prōton)
Adverb - Superlative
Strong's Greek 4412: First, in the first place, before, formerly. Neuter of protos as adverb; firstly.

sit down
καθίσας (kathisas)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2523: Another form for kathezomai; to seat down, i.e. Set; intransitively, to sit; figuratively, to settle.

[and] count
ψηφίζει (psēphizei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 5585: To reckon, compute, calculate. From psephos; to use pebbles in enumeration, i.e. to compute.

the
τὴν (tēn)
Article - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

cost
δαπάνην (dapanēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1160: Cost, expense. From dapto; expense.

to see if
εἰ (ei)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

he has [ the resources ]
ἔχει (echei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

to
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

complete [it]?
ἀπαρτισμόν (apartismon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 535: Completion, perfection. From a derivative of aparti; completion.
(28-30) Which of you, intending to build a tower . .?--The words do not depend for their meaning on any local or personal allusion, but it is quite possible that their force may have been heightened for those who heard them by the memory of recent facts. Pilate had begun to build--certainly an aqueduct, probably a tower--and had not been able to finish. (See Notes on Luke 13:4; Matthew 27:16.) He had not "counted the cost," and when he was hindered from laying hands on the Corban, or treasure of the Temple, his resources failed.

Verses 28-30. - For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. The imagery was not an unfamiliar one in those days. The magnificent Herodian house had a passion for erecting great buildings, sacred and profane, in the varied cities under their sway. They would doubtless be often imitated, and no doubt many an unfinished edifice testified to the foolish emulation of some would-be imitator of the extravagant royal house. Now, such incomplete piles of masonry and brickwork simply excite a contemptuous pity for the builder, who has so falsely calculated his resources when he drew the plan of the palace or villa he was never able to finish. So in the spiritual life, the would-be professor finds such living harder than he supposed, and so gives up trying after the nobler way of living altogether; and the world, who watched his feeble efforts and listened with an incredulous smile when he proclaimed his intentions, now ridicules him, and pours scorn upon what it considers an unattainable ideal. Such an attempt and failure injure the cause of God. 14:25-35 Though the disciples of Christ are not all crucified, yet they all bear their cross, and must bear it in the way of duty. Jesus bids them count upon it, and then consider of it. Our Saviour explains this by two similitudes; the former showing that we must consider the expenses of our religion; the latter, that we must consider the perils of it. Sit down and count the cost; consider it will cost the mortifying of sin, even the most beloved lusts. The proudest and most daring sinner cannot stand against God, for who knows the power of his anger? It is our interest to seek peace with him, and we need not send to ask conditions of peace, they are offered to us, and are highly to our advantage. In some way a disciple of Christ will be put to the trial. May we seek to be disciples indeed, and be careful not to grow slack in our profession, or afraid of the cross; that we may be the good salt of the earth, to season those around us with the savour of Christ.
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