Luke 9:51-62

A Samaritan Village Rejects Jesus

51 When the days drew near for 1him to be taken up, 2he set his face 3to go to Jerusalem.
52 And 4he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of 5the Samaritans, to make preparations for him.
53 But 6the people did not receive him, because 7his face was set toward Jerusalem.
54 And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, "Lord, do you want us to tell 8fire to come down from heaven and consume them?"[a]
55 But he turned and rebuked them.[b]
56 And they went on to another village.

The Cost of Following Jesus

57 As they were going 9along the road, 10someone 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[c] said to him, "Leave 11the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and 12proclaim the kingdom of God."
61 Yet another said, "I will follow you, Lord, 13but let me first say farewell to those at my home."
62 Jesus said to him, 14"No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."

Luke 9:51-62 In-Context

49 John answered, "Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he does not follow with us."
50 But Jesus said to him, "Do not stop him, for the one who is not against you is for you."
51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.
52 And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him.
53 But the people did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem.
54 And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, "Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?"
55 But he turned and rebuked them.
56 And they went on to another village.
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."

Cross References 14

  • 1. See Mark 16:19
  • 2. 2 Kings 12:17; Isaiah 50:7; Jeremiah 42:15
  • 3. Luke 13:22; Luke 17:11; Luke 18:31; Luke 19:11, 28
  • 4. [Luke 10:1]
  • 5. See Matthew 10:5
  • 6. John 4:9; [Luke 10:33]
  • 7. John 4:20
  • 8. See Revelation 13:13
  • 9. ver. 51
  • 10. For ver. 57-60, see Matthew 8:19-22
  • 11. [John 5:25]
  • 12. ver. 2
  • 13. [1 Kings 19:20]
  • 14. [Philippians 3:13]

Footnotes 3

  • [a]. Some manuscripts add as Elijah did
  • [b]. Some manuscripts add and he said, "You do not know what manner of spirit you are of; for the Son of Man came not to destroy people's lives but to save them"
  • [c]. Greek he
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