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Luke 9:57-62 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Following Jesus

57 As they were traveling on the road someone said to Him, “I will follow You wherever You go!”

58 Jesus told him, “Foxes have dens, and birds of the sky[a] have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.” 59 Then He said to another, “Follow Me.”

“Lord,” he said, “first let me go bury my father.”[b]

60 But He told him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and spread the news of the kingdom of God.”

61 Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord, but first let me go and say good-bye to those at my house.”

62 But Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”


  1. Luke 9:58 Wild birds, as opposed to domestic birds
  2. Luke 9:59 Not necessarily meaning his father was already dead

Matthew 10:37-38 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

37 The person who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; the person who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And whoever doesn’t take up his cross and follow[a] Me is not worthy of Me.


  1. Matthew 10:38 Lit follow after

Philippians 3:13-14 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

13 Brothers, I do not[a] consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, 14 I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly[b] call in Christ Jesus.


  1. Philippians 3:13 Other mss read not yet
  2. Philippians 3:14 Or upward

Romans 12:2 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

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