Luke 14:26

26 1"If anyone comes to me and 2does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, 3yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.

Luke 14:26 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 14:26

If any man come to me
Not in a corporeal, but in a spiritual way; nor barely to hear him preach; but so come, as that he believes in him, applies to him for grace, pardon, righteousness, life, and salvation; professes to be his, submits to his ordinances, and desires to be a disciple of his;

and hate not his father and mother, and wife and children, and
brethren and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my
disciple:
not that proper hatred of any, or all of these, is enjoined by Christ; for this would be contrary to the laws of God, to the first principles of nature, to all humanity, to the light of nature, to reason and divine revelation: but that these are not to be preferred to Christ, or loved more than he, as it is explained in ( Matthew 10:37 ) yea, these are to be neglected and forsaken, and turned from with indignation and resentment, when they stand in the way of the honour and interest of Christ, and dissuade from his service: such who would be accounted the disciples of Christ, should be ready to part with their dearest relations and friends, with the greatest enjoyment of life, and with life itself, when Christ calls for it; or otherwise they are not worthy to be called his disciples. The Ethiopic version inserts, "his house", into the account.

Luke 14:26 In-Context

24 For I tell you,none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.'"
25 Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them,
26 "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.
27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.
28 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?

Cross References 3

  • 1. ver. 33; Matthew 10:37; [Deuteronomy 33:9]
  • 2. Luke 16:13
  • 3. John 12:25; Acts 20:24; Revelation 12:11