Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Luke 14:29

Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him,
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Jesus, the Christ;   Prudence;   Salvation;   Seekers;   Self-Denial;   Tower;   The Topic Concordance - Disciples/apostles;   Hate;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Foundation;   Parables;   Prudence;   Self-Denial;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Parable;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Cross;   Disciple;   Teacher;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Christ, Christology;   Disciple, Discipleship;   Jesus Christ;   Work;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Hospitality;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Family;   Luke, Gospel of;   Parables;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Matthew, Gospel According to;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Ambassage;   Ambition;   Chance;   Consciousness;   Discipleship;   Discourse;   Fellowship (2);   Forsaking All;   Ideas (Leading);   Organization (2);   Paradox;   Power;   Prudence;   Reality;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Disciple,;   Haply;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Chief parables and miracles in the bible;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Foundation;   Hap;   Jesus Christ (Part 2 of 2);   Mock;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Haply - Perhaps.

To mock him - To ridicule him. To laugh at him.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Luke 14:29". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/luke-14.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Lest haply after he hath laid the foundation,.... Has begun to build, has taken up a profession, has submitted to ordinances, and got into a church state:

and is not able to finish it; a foundation may be laid, and the building may never be finished, because the foundation is not laid right; was it, it would continue, and the building go on, and at last be finished; though no man is able to finish it of himself, yet those hands which have laid the foundation, will raise up the superstructure, and complete the whole building, through the power and efficacy of divine grace: but where there is a beginning, and which at first looks well, and there is no progress, but the work is dropped and left unfinished,

all that behold it, begin to mock; as follows;

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Luke 14:29". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/luke-14.html. 1999.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Lest haply (ινα μηποτεhina mēpote). Double final particles (positive and negative with addition of ποτεpote). Used here with aorist middle subjunctive in αρχωνταιarxōntai (begin).

When he hath laid … and was not able (τεντος αυτου και μη ισχυοντοςthentos autouεκτελεσαιkai mē ischuontos) to finish (εκektelesai). First aorist active infinitive. Note perfective use of τεντοςek to finish out to the end. Two genitive absolutes, first, second aorist active participle ισχυοντοςthentos second, present active participle αυτωι εμπαιζεινischuontos mock him (εμπαιζωautōi empaizein). An old verb, παιςem -paizō to play like a child (pais), at or with, to mock, scoff at, to trifle with like Latin illudere.

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Luke 14:29". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/luke-14.html. Broadman Press 1932,33. Renewal 1960.

Vincent's Word Studies

To finish ( ἐκτελέσαι )

Lit., “to finish out ( ἐκ )Behold ( θεωροῦντες )

Attentively watching the progress of the building. See on Luke 10:18.

Begin to mock

As his resources come to an end.

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Vincent, Marvin R. DD. "Commentary on Luke 14:29". "Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/vnt/luke-14.html. Charles Schribner's Sons. New York, USA. 1887.

Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Mock him; ridicule him.

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Abbott, John S. C. & Abbott, Jacob. "Commentary on Luke 14:29". "Abbott's Illustrated New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ain/luke-14.html. 1878.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,

Ver. 29. Begin to mock him, saying, &c.] Of all things, men love not to be jeered; for there is none but thinks himself worthy of some regard, and is therefore impatient of reproaches. If neither fear of God nor shame of men prevail with us, actum est.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Luke 14:29". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/luke-14.html. 1865-1868.

Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 14:29. ἄρξωνται, begin to) No one laughs at the man, whose attempts are not abortive.(150)

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Bengel, Johann Albrecht. "Commentary on Luke 14:29". Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jab/luke-14.html. 1897.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

See Poole on "Luke 14:28"

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Luke 14:29". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/luke-14.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

29.Begin to mock him—Just as the world always does when a Christian, especially a young convert, gives out. There are three possible ways in the case. One is to make a hasty profession without the capital. The second is to decline to attempt to become a disciple. The third is to obtain, what always may be obtained, the strength from God to prosecute and persevere. The third the Lord has specified in Luke 14:26. The two other alternatives he is describing now.

 

 

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Luke 14:29". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/luke-14.html. 1874-1909.

The Expositor's Greek Testament

Luke 14:29. , to mock; an unfinished tower is specially ridiculous: height is essential.— , etc., this man, contemptuously; “this” stands for a proper name. “Vulgo ponunt N. N.,” Bengel. Jesus here appeals with characteristic tact to one of the most sensitive feelings of human nature—shrinking from ridicule. Who would care to be spoken of all his days as the man who commenced a tower and could not finish it?

 

 

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Nicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on Luke 14:29". The Expositor's Greek Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/luke-14.html. 1897-1910.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Lest after, &c. Here he wishes to shew us, that we are not to embrace any state of life, particularly that of an ecclesiastic, without previous and serious consideration, whether we shall be able to go through with the difficulties and dangers which will inevitably befall us: lest afterwards we find ourselves constrained to yield to our enemies, who will deride us, and say: This man began to build, and was not able to finish. (Tirinus)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Luke 14:29". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/luke-14.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

the foundation = its foundation.

able = strong enough.

finish it finish it off. Greek. ekteleo. Only here and Luke 14:30.

behold. Greek. theoreo. App-133.

begin. As they see him nearing the end of his resources.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Luke 14:29". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/luke-14.html. 1909-1922.