Luke 14:29

29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you,

Read Luke 14:29 Using Other Translations

Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,
Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you.

What does Luke 14:29 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Luke 14:29

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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