Luke 14:28
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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?

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?

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:

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? --

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Vincent's Word Studies

A tower

The subject of the parable is the life of Christian discipleship, which is figured by a tower, a lofty structure, as something distinguished from the world and attracting attention.

Counteth (ψηφίζει)

Only here and Revelation 13:18. From ψῆφος, a pebble (see Revelation 2:17), used as a counter. Thus Herodotus says that the Egyptians, when they calculate (λογιζονται ψήφοις, reckon with pebbles), move their hand from right to left (ii., 36). So Aristophanes, "Reckon roughly, not with pebbles (ψήφοις), but on the hand" ("Wasps," 656). Similarly calculate, from Latin calculus, a pebble. Used also of voting. Thus Herodotus: "The Greeks met at the altar of Neptune, and took the ballots (τὰς ψήφοις) wherewith they were to give their votes." Plato: "And you, would you vote (ἂν ψῆφον θεῖο, cast your pebble) with me or against me ?" ("Protagoras," 330). See Acts 26:10.

Cost (τὴν δαπάνην)

Allied to δάπτω, to devour. Hence expense, as something which eats up resources.

Sufficient (εἰς ἀπαρτισμόν)

Lit., unto completion. The kindred verb ἀπαρτίζω, not used in New Testament, means to make even or square, and hence to complete.

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intending.

Genesis 11:4-9 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach to heaven; and let us make us a name...

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

counteth.

Luke 14:33 So likewise, whoever he be of you that forsakes not all that he has, he cannot be my disciple.

Joshua 24:19-24 And Joshua said to the people, You cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God...

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

Matthew 10:22 And you shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved.

Matthew 20:22,23 But Jesus answered and said, You know not what you ask. Are you able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of...

Acts 21:13 Then Paul answered, What mean you to weep and to break my heart? for I am ready not to be bound only...

1 Thessalonians 3:4,5 For truly, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and you know...

2 Peter 1:13,14 Yes, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance...

Cross References
Luke 14:27
Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.

Luke 14:29
Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,

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