Matthew 8:19
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."

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

New King James Version
Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.”

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

NASB 1995
Then a scribe came and said to Him, "Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go."

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

Amplified Bible
Then [on His way to board the boat] a scribe [who was a respected and authoritative interpreter of the Law] came and said to Him, “Master, I will accompany You [as Your student] wherever You go.”

Christian Standard Bible
A scribe approached him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A scribe approached Him and said, "Teacher, 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
A teacher of the Law of Moses came up to him and said, "Teacher, I'll go anywhere with you!"

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

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

Good News Translation
A teacher of the Law came to him. "Teacher," he said, "I am ready to go with you wherever you go."

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

Literal Standard Version
and a certain scribe having come, said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You may 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."

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;'

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Cost of Discipleship
18When Jesus saw a large crowd around Him, He gave orders to cross to the other side of the sea. 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 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 law of Moses, which the LORD God of Israel had given: and the king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the LORD his God upon him.

Mark 12:32-34
And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: …

Luke 9:57,58
And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest…

I will.

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

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

John 13:36-38
Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards…









(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?

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
And
Καὶ (Kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

one
εἷς (heis)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 1520: One. (including the neuter Hen); a primary numeral; one.

of the scribes
γραμματεὺς (grammateus)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 1122: From gramma. A writer, i.e. scribe or secretary.

came
προσελθὼν (proselthōn)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 4334: From pros and erchomai; to approach, i.e. come near, visit, or worship, assent to.

to Him
αὐτῷ (autō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

[and] said,
εἶπεν (eipen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

“Teacher,
Διδάσκαλε (Didaskale)
Noun - Vocative Masculine Singular
Strong's 1320: A teacher, master. From didasko; an instructor.

I will follow
ἀκολουθήσω (akolouthēsō)
Verb - Future Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's 190: To accompany, attend, follow. Properly, to be in the same way with, i.e. To accompany.

You
σοι (soi)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 2nd Person Singular
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

wherever
ὅπου (hopou)
Adverb
Strong's 3699: Where, whither, in what place. From hos and pou; what(-ever) where, i.e. At whichever spot.

You go.”
ἀπέρχῃ (aperchē)
Verb - Present Subjunctive Middle or Passive - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's 565: From apo and erchomai; to go off, aside or behind, literally or figuratively.


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