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Counting the cost is a saying from and the theme of a set of two parables told by Jesus in the Gospel of Luke 14:28-33. This saying is also similar in theme to statements Jesus made in Matthew 8:18-22 and Luke 9:57-62.
According to the Gospel of Luke (14:28-33):
- "Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won't you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, 'This person began to build and wasn't able to finish.'
- "Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won't he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.