Matthew 8:21
New International Version
Another disciple said to him, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father."

New Living Translation
Another of his disciples said, "Lord, first let me return home and bury my father."

English Standard Version
Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”

Berean Study Bible
Another of His disciples requested, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

Berean Literal Bible
And another of His disciples said to Him, "Lord, allow me first to go and to bury my father."

New American Standard Bible
Another of the disciples said to Him, "Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father."

King James Bible
And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

Christian Standard Bible
"Lord," another of his disciples said, "first let me go bury my father."

Contemporary English Version
Another disciple said to Jesus, "Lord, let me wait till I bury my father."

Good News Translation
Another man, who was a disciple, said, "Sir, first let me go back and bury my father."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Lord," another of His disciples said, "first let me go bury my father."

International Standard Version
Then another of his disciples told him, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father."

NET Bible
Another of the disciples said to him, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father."

New Heart English Bible
And another of the disciples said to him, "Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But another of his disciples said to him, “My Lord, allow me to first go bury my Father.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Another disciple said to him, "Sir, first let me go to bury my father."

New American Standard 1977
And another of the disciples said to Him, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

King James 2000 Bible
And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father.

American King James Version
And another of his disciples said to him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

American Standard Version
And another of the disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And another of his disciples said to him: Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

Darby Bible Translation
But another of his disciples said to him, Lord, suffer me first to go away and bury my father.

English Revised Version
And another of the disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

Webster's Bible Translation
And another of his disciples said to him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

Weymouth New Testament
Another of the disciples said to Him, "Sir, allow me first to go and bury my father."

World English Bible
Another of his disciples said to him, "Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father."

Young's Literal Translation
And another of his disciples said to him, 'Sir, permit me first to depart and to bury my father;'
Study Bible
The Cost of Discipleship
20Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.” 21Another of His disciples requested, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 22But Jesus told him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”…
Cross References
1 Kings 19:20
So Elisha left the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said, "Please let me kiss my father and mother goodbye, and then I will follow you." "Go on back," Elijah replied, "for what have I done to you?"

Matthew 8:20
Jesus replied, "Foxes have dens, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head."

Matthew 8:22
But Jesus told him, "Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead."

Treasury of Scripture

And another of his disciples said to him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

another.

Luke 9:59-62
And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father…

suffer.

Matthew 19:29
And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

Leviticus 21:11,12
Neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother; …

Numbers 6:6,7
All the days that he separateth himself unto the LORD he shall come at no dead body…







Lexicon
Another
Ἕτερος (Heteros)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2087: (a) of two: another, a second, (b) other, different, (c) one's neighbor. Of uncertain affinity; other or different.

of His
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

disciples
μαθητῶν (mathētōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3101: A learner, disciple, pupil. From manthano; a learner, i.e. Pupil.

requested,
εἶπεν (eipen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

“Lord,
Κύριε (Kyrie)
Noun - Vocative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.

first
πρῶτον (prōton)
Adverb - Superlative
Strong's Greek 4412: First, in the first place, before, formerly. Neuter of protos as adverb; firstly.

let
ἐπίτρεψόν (epitrepson)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2010: To turn to, commit, entrust; I allow, yield, permit. From epi and the base of trope; to turn over, i.e. Allow.

me
μοι (moi)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

go
ἀπελθεῖν (apelthein)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 565: From apo and erchomai; to go off, aside or behind, literally or figuratively.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

bury
θάψαι (thapsai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 2290: To bury. A primary verb; to celebrate funeral rites, i.e. Inter.

my
μου (mou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

father.”
πατέρα (patera)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3962: Father, (Heavenly) Father, ancestor, elder, senior. Apparently a primary word; a 'father'.
(21) Suffer me first to go and bury my father.--A curious tradition, preserved by Clement of Alexandria, says that the disciple who came with this request was Philip. Nothing in the Gospel history, however, suggests this. Philip had been called before, and had obeyed the call (John 1:43). All that we can say is that it may have been so, and that he may at this stage of his spiritual growth have shrunk from the fresh activity of actual service in the work of evangelising. The form of the petition may mean either (1) that his father was then actually dead, and that the disciple asked leave to remain and pay the last honours to his remains, or (2) that he asked to remain with his father till his death. The latter seems by far the most probable. In the East burial followed so immediately on death that the former would hardly have involved more than the delay of a few hours. In the latter case the request was, in fact, a plea for indefinite postponement. This at least fits in best with the apparent severity of our Lord's answer.

Verse 21. - And another of his (Revised Version, the) disciples said unto him. Disciples in the wider sense (Matthew 5:1, note),whether the twelve had or had not been chosen. In the latter case, the man may have been Thomas (Trench, loc. cit.), but hardly Philip (Clem. Alex.) after John 1:43. Yet it is precarious to see in him the despondency of Thomas (John 11:6; John 20:24, 25) merely because his father is dead, and he has scruples about immediately following Christ. Lord, suffer me first. The man's words imply a consciousness of a call. His heart told him that he ought to go, but he asks for a delay, and, in fact, a real difficulty seems to hinder him from going. St. Luke places the Lord's "Follow me" before the man's request; but here, as in textual criticism, proclivi scriptioni praestat ardua. To go and bury my father. Then lying dead. Of all filial duties perhaps the most bind-ins (cf. Tobit 4:3 Tobit 14:10, 11). Observe

(1) that the burial would take place much sooner than is usual with us, and would seldom be more than twenty-four hours after death;

(2) that, however, according to Jewish law, the ceremonial observances connected with the burial and consequent purifications would have taken many days (Edersheim, 'Life,' 2:133). 8:18-22 One of the scribes was too hasty in promising; he proffers himself to be a close follower of Christ. He seems to be very resolute. Many resolutions for religion are produced by sudden conviction, and taken up without due consideration; these come to nothing. When this scribe offered to follow Christ, one would think he should have been encouraged; one scribe might do more credit and service than twelve fishermen; but Christ saw his heart, and answered to its thoughts, and therein teaches all how to come to Christ. His resolve seems to have been from a worldly, covetous principle; but Christ had not a place to lay his head on, and if he follows him, he must not expect to fare better than he fared. We have reason to think this scribe went away. Another was too slow. Delay in doing is as bad on the one hand, as hastiness in resolving is on the other. He asked leave to attend his father to his grave, and then he would be at Christ's service. This seemed reasonable, yet it was not right. He had not true zeal for the work. Burying the dead, especially a dead father, is a good work, but it is not thy work at this time. If Christ requires our service, affection even for the nearest and dearest relatives, and for things otherwise our duty, must give way. An unwilling mind never wants an excuse. Jesus said to him, Follow me; and, no doubt, power went with this word to him as to others; he did follow Christ, and cleaved to him. The scribe said, I will follow thee; to this man Christ said, Follow me; comparing them together, it shows that we are brought to Christ by the force of his call to us, Ro 9:16.
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