1 O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
you discern my thoughts from far away.
and are acquainted with all my ways.
O Lord, you know it completely.
and lay your hand upon me.
it is so high that I cannot attain it.
13 For it was you who formed my inward parts;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well.
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
In your book were written
all the days that were formed for me,
when none of them as yet existed.
How vast is the sum of them!
I come to the enda—I am still with you.
25 Now large crowds were travelling with him; and he turned and said to them, 26‘Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. 27Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 28For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? 29Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, 30saying, “This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.” 31Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. 33So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.