Luke 9:62
New International Version
Jesus replied, "No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."

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

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

Berean Study Bible
Then Jesus declared, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and then looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Berean Literal Bible
And Jesus said to him, "No one having laid the hand upon the plow, and looking on the things behind, is fit for the kingdom of God."

New American Standard Bible
But Jesus said to him, "No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."

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

King James Bible
And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

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

Contemporary English Version
Jesus answered, "Anyone who starts plowing and keeps looking back isn't worth a thing to God's kingdom!"

Good News Translation
Jesus said to him, "Anyone who starts to plow and then keeps looking back is of no use for the Kingdom of God."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But Jesus said to him, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."

International Standard Version
Jesus told him, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."

NET Bible
Jesus said to him, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."

New Heart English Bible
But Jesus said to him, "No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yeshua said to him, “No man lays his hands to plow and gazes behind him and is fit for the Kingdom of God.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus said to him, "Whoever starts to plow and looks back is not fit for the kingdom of God."

New American Standard 1977
But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Jesus said unto him, No one having put his hand to the plough and looking back is fit for the kingdom of God.

King James 2000 Bible
And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

American King James Version
And Jesus said to him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

American Standard Version
But Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Jesus said to him: No man putting his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Darby Bible Translation
But Jesus said to him, No one having laid his hand on [the] plough and looking back is fit for the kingdom of God.

English Revised Version
But Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Jesus said to him, No man having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Weymouth New Testament
Jesus answered him, "No one who has put his hand to the plough, and then looks behind him, is fit for the Kingdom of God.

World English Bible
But Jesus said to him, "No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God."

Young's Literal Translation
and Jesus said unto him, 'No one having put his hand on a plough, and looking back, is fit for the reign of God.'
Study Bible
The Cost of Discipleship
61Still another said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first let me bid farewell to my family.” 62Then Jesus declared, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and then looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Cross References
1 Kings 19:20
So Elisha left the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said, "Please let me kiss my father and mother goodbye, and then I will follow you." "Go on back," Elijah replied, "for what have I done to you?"

Philippians 3:13
Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have laid hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,

Treasury of Scripture

And Jesus said to him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

No.

Luke 17:31,32
In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back…

Psalm 78:8,9
And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God…

Acts 15:37,38
And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark…







Lexicon
Then
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

Jesus
Ἰησοῦς (Iēsous)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2424: Of Hebrew origin; Jesus, the name of our Lord and two other Israelites.

declared,
Εἶπεν (Eipen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

“No one
Οὐδεὶς (Oudeis)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3762: No one, none, nothing.

who puts
ἐπιβαλὼν (epibalōn)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1911: From epi and ballo; to throw upon; specially to reflect; impersonally, to belong to.

[his]
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.

hand
χεῖρα (cheira)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5495: A hand.

to
ἐπ’ (ep’)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1909: On, to, against, on the basis of, at.

[the] plow
ἄροτρον (arotron)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 723: A plow. From aroo; a plow.

and then
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

looks
βλέπων (blepōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 991: (primarily physical), I look, see, perceive, discern. A primary verb; to look at.

back
ὀπίσω (opisō)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3694: Behind, after; back, backwards. From the same as opisthen with enclitic of direction; to the back, i.e. Aback.

is
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

fit
εὔθετός (euthetos)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2111: Suitable, fit, useful. From eu and a derivative of tithemi; well placed, i.e. appropriate.

for the
τῇ (tē)
Article - Dative 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.

kingdom
βασιλείᾳ (basileia)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 932: From basileus; properly, royalty, i.e. rule, or a realm.

of God.”
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.
(62) No man, having put his hand to the plough . . .--The image which our Lord used was, as usual, one that went home to the personal experience of His hearers. They were of the peasant class, and they knew that the eye of the ploughman if he is to do his work well, must look straight before him at the line of the furrow which he is making. To look back, while working, is to mar the work entirely. The man who so looks is therefore, ipso facto, disqualified for the work of God's kingdom.

9:57-62 Here is one that is forward to follow Christ, but seems to have been hasty and rash, and not to have counted the cost. If we mean to follow Christ, we must lay aside the thoughts of great things in the world. Let us not try to join the profession of Christianity, with seeking after worldly advantages. Here is another that seems resolved to follow Christ, but he begs a short delay. To this man Christ first gave the call; he said to him, Follow me. Religion teaches us to be kind and good, to show piety at home, and to requite our parents; but we must not make these an excuse for neglecting our duty to God. Here is another that is willing to follow Christ, but he must have a little time to talk with his friends about it, and to set in order his household affairs, and give directions concerning them. He seemed to have worldly concerns more upon his heart than he ought to have, and he was willing to enter into a temptation leading him from his purpose of following Christ. No one can do any business in a proper manner, if he is attending to other things. Those who begin with the work of God, must resolve to go on, or they will make nothing of it. Looking back, leads to drawing back, and drawing back is to perdition. He only that endures to the end shall be saved.
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