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A Samaritan Village Refuses to Receive Jesus

51 When the days drew near for him to be received up,[a] he set his face to go to Jerusalem.[b] 52 And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him; 53 but the people would not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem.[c] 54 And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to bid fire come down from heaven and consume them?”[d] 55 But he turned and rebuked them.[e] 56 And they went on to another village.

Would-Be Followers of Jesus

57 As they were going along the road, a man 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 But he said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 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.”

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  1. 9.51 received up: i.e., into heaven; cf. 2 Kings 2.9-11; Acts 1.2, 11. The term here includes his passion, death, resurrection, and ascension.
  2. 9.51 Here begins the “Travel Narrative” of Luke, which continues up to the passion.
  3. 9.53 The Samaritans worshiped on Mount Gerizim, while orthodox Jews, of course, went to Jerusalem, and to Jerusalem only, for sacrifice.
  4. Luke 9:54 Other ancient authorities add as Elijah did
  5. Luke 9:55 Other ancient authorities add and he said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of; for the Son of man came not to destroy men’s lives but to save them”

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