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Luke 9:57–62

The Cost of Following Jesus

9:57–60pp—Mt 8:19–22

57 As they were walking along the road,k a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

58 Jesus replied, Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Manl has no place to lay his head.”

59 He said to another man, Follow me.”m

But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

60 Jesus said to him, Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”n

61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”o

62 Jesus replied, No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

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Luke 9:57–62 — English Standard Version (ESV)

57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59 To another he said, Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 And Jesus said to him, Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Luke 9:57–62 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

57 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. 58 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. 59 And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. 60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. 61 And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. 62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Luke 9:57–62 — New Living Translation (NLT)

57 As they were walking along, someone said to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

58 But Jesus replied, Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.”

59 He said to another person, Come, follow me.”

The man agreed, but he said, “Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.”

60 But Jesus told him, Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead! Your duty is to go and preach about the Kingdom of God.”

61 Another said, “Yes, Lord, I will follow you, but first let me say good-bye to my family.”

62 But Jesus told him, Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”

Luke 9:57–62 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

57 Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.”

58 And Jesus said to him, Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”

59 Then He said to another, Follow Me.”

But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”

60 Jesus said to him, Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.”

61 And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.”

62 But Jesus said to him, No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Luke 9:57–62 — New Century Version (NCV)

57 As they were going along the road, someone said to Jesus, “I will follow you any place you go.”

58 Jesus said to them, “The foxes have holes to live in, and the birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to rest his head.”

59 Jesus said to another man, “Follow me!”

But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

60 But Jesus said to him, “Let the people who are dead bury their own dead. You must go and tell about the kingdom of God.”

61 Another man said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me go and say good-bye to my family.”

62 Jesus said, “Anyone who begins to plow a field but keeps looking back is of no use in the kingdom of God.”

Luke 9:57–62 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

57 And as they went on the way, a certain man said unto him, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. 58 And Jesus said unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the heaven have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. 59 And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. 60 But he said unto him, Leave the dead to bury their own dead; but go thou and publish abroad the kingdom of God. 61 And another also said, I will follow thee, Lord; but first suffer me to bid farewell to them that are at my house. 62 But Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Luke 9:57–62 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

57 And it came to pass as they went in the way, one said to him, I will follow thee wheresoever thou goest, Lord. 58 And Jesus said to him, The foxes have holes and the birds of the heaven roosting-places, but the Son of man has not where he may lay his head. 59 And he said to another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, allow me to go first and bury my father. 60 But Jesus said to him, Suffer the dead to bury their own dead, but do thou go and announce the kingdom of God. 61 And another also said, I will follow thee, Lord, but first allow me to bid adieu to those at my house. 62 But Jesus said to him, No one having laid his hand on the plough and looking back is fit for the kingdom of God.

Luke 9:57–62 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to Jesus, “I’ll follow you wherever you go.”

58 Jesus told him, “Foxes have holes, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to sleep.”

59 He told another man, “Follow me!”

But the man said, “Sir, first let me go to bury my father.”

60 But Jesus told him, “Let the dead bury their own dead. You must go everywhere and tell about the kingdom of God.”

61 Another said, “I’ll follow you, sir, but first let me tell my family goodbye.”

62 Jesus said to him, “Whoever starts to plow and looks back is not fit for the kingdom of God.”

Luke 9:57–62 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

57 As they were traveling on the road someone said to Him, “I will follow You wherever You go!”

58 Jesus told him, Foxes have dens, and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.” 59 Then He said to another, Follow Me.”

“Lord,” he said, “first let me go bury my father.”

60 But He told him, Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and spread the news of the kingdom of God.”

61 Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord, but first let me go and say good-bye to those at my house.”

62 But Jesus said to him, No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Luke 9:57–62 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59 To another he said, Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60 But Jesus said to him, Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Luke 9:57–62 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

57 And as they were traveling on the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go!” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 59 And he said to another, “Follow me!” But he said, “Lord, first allow me to go and bury my father.” 60 But he said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead! But you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 And another person also said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first allow me to say farewell to those in my house.” 62 But Jesus said, “No one who puts his hand on the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God!”

Luke 9:57–62 — New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)

57 Once Jesus and those who were with him were walking along the road. A man said to Jesus, “I will follow you no matter where you go.”

58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes. Birds of the air have nests. But the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

59 He said to another man, “Follow me.”

But the man replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

60 Jesus said to him, “Let dead people bury their own dead. You go and tell others about God’s kingdom.”

61 Still another man said, “I will follow you, Lord. But first let me go back and say good-by to my family.”

62 Jesus replied, “Suppose you start to plow and then look back. If you do, you are not fit for service in God’s kingdom.”

Luke 9:57–62 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

57 As they were going along the road, someone said to Him, “I will follow You wherever You go.”

58 And Jesus said to him, The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”

59 And He said to another, Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.”

60 But He said to him, Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.”

61 Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.”

62 But Jesus said to him, No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”