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

  • Mark verrell
    JESUS confronts the demons, the demons sort of challenge HIM saying "have YOU come here to torment us before the time" and the demons ask HIM to put them into the herd of swine" all of a sudden I am sorta baffled as to the demons sorta have free regain but more so JESUS does as they the demons request. JESUS does everything righteously) I guess HE KNEW the swine would kill themselv
  • Bruce
    Carmen are you saying, If we went to a priest, God will forgive our sins. Or, God will forgive us for going to a priest?
  • Irene123
    To Carmen - You're on a KJV Bible site; not the Catholic Douay. They are 2 different Bibles - and only one is true; only one is from God.
  • Lisa
    The bible tells us that the world will reject us if we follow Jesus. In this chapter we see the city rejecting him. Stay close to Jesus knowing what you face in this world he has already overcome. If you stay close to Jesus you too will overcome everything you go through.
  • Bruce
    Tjohn: If it's best to seek forgiveness from those you have hurt the Lord will guide you! Faith cometh by hearing Rom 10:17, John 6:44 have you felt the tug in your heart? ROM 6:23, 10:13. Don't do anything without the LORD!
  • Terri
    Jesus paid for our sins on the cross our pain and all. he in return gave us healing forgiveness and peace your pass is forgotten if you ask god in your heart. Believe you must Believe he will heal you and trust him . Jesus why go to the cross and take our pain and sin and be whipped for nothing He paid for it all say I'm healed in the name of jesus Christ,and belive he will heal you. Luke 1;37

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