Matthew 8:20

“And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And Iesus saith vnto him, The Foxes haue holes, and the birds of the ayre haue nests: but the sonne of man hath not where to lay his head.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Jesus *said to him, "The foxes have holes and the birds of the air {have} nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the heaven `have' nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And Jesus said to him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of heaven have a resting-place; but the Son of man has nowhere to put his head.
- Basic English Bible

And Jesus says to him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the heaven roosting-places; but the Son of man has not where he may lay his head.
- Darby Bible

And Jesus saith to him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
- Webster's Bible

Foxes have holes, replied Jesus, "and birds have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head."
- Weymouth Bible

Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head."
- World English Bible

And Jhesus seide to hym, Foxis han dennes, and briddis of heuene han nestis, but mannus sone hath not where `he schal reste his heed.
- Wycliffe Bible

and Jesus saith to him, `The foxes have holes, and the birds of the heaven places of rest, but the Son of Man hath not where he may lay the head.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 8:20


8:20 The Son of man - The expression is borrowed from #Daniel 7:13|, and is the appellation which Christ generally gives himself: which he seems to do out of humility, as having some relation to his mean appearance in this world. Hath not where to lay his head - Therefore do not follow me from any view of temporal advantage.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 8:20


Mt 8:20 Jesus saith to him. He rejects not this man's offer, nor refuses him the liberty to follow him, only he will have him know what he is doing and "count the cost". The Son of man. It is the name by which the Lord ordinarily designates himself as the Messiah--"the Son of God manifested in the flesh of Adam; the second Adam". Not where to lay [his] head. He, as the "Son of man", did not possess what the humbler animals claim, a home.

Discussion for Matthew 8:20

  • Preston for verse 20
    I think he is saying that human beings are subject to the impermanence of life. every where that we may lay our head is no longer there, we set our mind to something and then our mind moves to something else, we are constantly wandering. But this also means that unlike the animals, we can awaken to something deeper.
  • Mikee D for verse 20
    Here we see Jesus responding to a religious man who, if taken in context, was caught up in the moment. The first part of this chapter we see Jesus doing numerous miracles. No doubt this man was in the crowds excited about the miracles but not the Savior. John 2:24 25 show Jesus and his ability to see the heart. Jesus also is showing the way of the Christian is difficult. We are to count the cost. Jesus said, pick up you cross and follow me. Preach that in the church today and see who 's missing the next Sunday.
  • Aboagye Ernest for verse 20
    Means any one who want to follow Jesus christ must be selfless and determine. And not fight for worldly things.
  • Jesus answered and said unto them This is the work of God that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent John 6 29 God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son That whosoever believe shall not perish but have everlasting life John 3 16
  • Jesus is saying those who follow him are not at home here in this world. We are just passing through. The animals do not have a spirit. They are just body and soul. As God's children we have to live in this monetary world because we have been given life. It is God's gift to us. What we do with this life while we are here is our gift to God. It is okay to have a dwelling here but our main focus is to follow Jesus and spread the gospel. Always giving as he gave his life. If you see a need then meet it if it is in your power.
  • JESUS our creator we love you. Thank you, we lift up your name. Thou art our GOD. Your name is JESUS

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