New International Version
saying, 'This person began to build and wasn't able to finish.'
King James Bible
Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
Darby Bible Translation
saying, This man began to build and was not able to finish?
World English Bible
saying, 'This man began to build, and wasn't able to finish.'
Young's Literal Translation
saying -- This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
To build a tower - Probably this means no more than a dwelling house, on the top of which, according to the Asiatic manner, battlements were built, both to take the fresh air on, and to serve for refuge from and defense against an enemy. It was also used for prayer and meditation.
This parable represents the absurdity of those who undertook to be disciples of Christ, without considering what difficulties they were to meet with, and what strength they had to enable them to go through with the undertaking. He that will be a true disciple of Jesus Christ shall require no less than the mighty power of God to support him; as both hell and earth will unite to destroy him.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryOctober 26. "Go Out into the Highways and Compel them to Come In" (Luke xiv. 23).
"Go out into the highways and compel them to come in" (Luke xiv. 23). In the great parable in the fourteenth chapter of Luke, giving an account of the great supper an ancient lord prepared for his friends and neighbors, and to which, when they asked to be excused, he invited the halt and the lame from the city slums and the lepers from outside the gate, there is a significant picture and object lesson of the program of Christianity in this age. In the first place, it is obvious to every thoughtful …
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For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you,
"Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won't he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?
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