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Matthew 10:38

    Matthew 10:38 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And he that takes not his cross, and follows after me, is not worthy of me.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And he that doth not take his cross and follow after me, is not worthy of me.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And he who does not take his cross and come after me is not good enough for me.

    Webster's Revision

    And he that doth not take his cross and follow after me, is not worthy of me.

    World English Bible

    He who doesn't take his cross and follow after me, isn't worthy of me.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And he that doth not take his cross and follow after me, is not worthy of me.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 10:38

    He that taketh not his cross - i.e. He who is not ready, after my example, to suffer death in the cause of my religion, is not worthy of me, does not deserve to be called my disciple.

    This alludes to the custom of causing the criminal to bear his own cross to the place of execution; so Plutarch, ΕκαϚος των κακουργων εκφερει τον αυτου Ϛαυρον. Each of the malefactors carries on his own cross. See John 19:17.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 10:38

    And he that taketh not his cross ... - When persons were condemned to be crucified, a part of the sentence was that they should carry the cross on which they were to die to the place of execution. Thus, Christ carried his, until he fainted from fatigue and exhaustion. See notes at Matthew 27:31. The cross was usually composed of two rough beams of wood, united in the form of this figure of a cross It was an instrument of death. See the notes at Matthew 27:31-32. To carry it was burdensome, was disgraceful, was trying to the feelings, was an addition to the punishment. So "to carry the cross" is a figurative expression, denoting that we must endure whatever is burdensome, or is trying, or is considered disgraceful, in following Christ. It consists simply in doing our duty, let the people of the world think of it or speak of it as they may. It does not consist in making trouble for ourselves, or doing things merely "to be opposed;" it is doing just what is required of us in the Scriptures, let it produce whatever shame, disgrace, or pain it may. This every follower of Jesus is required to do.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 10:38

    10:38 He that taketh not his cross - That is, whatever pain or inconvenience cannot be avoided, but by doing some evil, or omitting some good. Mt 16:24; Luke 14:27.