Matthew 8:22
New International Version
But Jesus told him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead."

New Living Translation
But Jesus told him, "Follow me now. Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead."

English Standard Version
And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”

Berean Study Bible
But Jesus told him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

Berean Literal Bible
But Jesus said to him, "Follow Me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead."

New American Standard Bible
But Jesus said to him, "Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead."

King James Bible
But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

Christian Standard Bible
But Jesus told him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead."

Contemporary English Version
Jesus answered, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead."

Good News Translation
"Follow me," Jesus answered, "and let the dead bury their own dead."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But Jesus told him, "Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead."

International Standard Version
But Jesus told him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead."

NET Bible
But Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead."

New Heart English Bible
But Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But Yeshua said to him, “Come after me and let the dead bury their dead.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But Jesus told him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead."

New American Standard 1977
But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me; and allow the dead to bury their own dead.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
But Jesus said unto him, Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.

King James 2000 Bible
But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

American King James Version
But Jesus said to him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

American Standard Version
But Jesus saith unto him, Follow me; and leave the dead to bury their own dead.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But Jesus said to him: Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.

Darby Bible Translation
But Jesus said to him, Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.

English Revised Version
But Jesus saith unto him, Follow me; and leave the dead to bury their own dead.

Webster's Bible Translation
But Jesus said to him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

Weymouth New Testament
"Follow me," said Jesus, "and leave the dead to bury their own dead."

World English Bible
But Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead."

Young's Literal Translation
and Jesus said to him, 'Follow me, and suffer the dead to bury their own dead.'
Study Bible
The Cost of Discipleship
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.” 23When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him.…
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 8:21
Another of His disciples requested, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father."

Matthew 9:9
As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax booth. "Follow Me," He told him, and Matthew got up and followed Him.

Mark 2:14
As He was walking along, He saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth. "Follow Me," He told him, and Levi got up and followed Him.

Luke 9:59
Then He said to another man, "Follow Me." The man replied, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father."

Luke 9:60
But Jesus told him, "Let the dead bury their own dead. You, however, go and proclaim the kingdom of God."

Luke 15:24
For this son of mine was dead and is alive again! He was lost and is found!' So they began to celebrate.

John 1:43
The next day Jesus decided to set out for Galilee. Finding Philip, He told him, "Follow Me."

John 21:19
Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. And after He had said this, He told him, "Follow Me."

John 21:22
Jesus answered, "If I want him to remain until I return, what is that to you? You follow Me!"

Treasury of Scripture

But Jesus said to him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

follow.

Matthew 4:18-22
And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers…

Matthew 9:9
And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.

John 1:43
The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.

and.

Luke 15:32
It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

Ephesians 2:1,5
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; …

Ephesians 5:14
Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.







Lexicon
But
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

Jesus
Ἰησοῦς (Iēsous)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2424: Of Hebrew origin; Jesus, the name of our Lord and two other Israelites.

told
λέγει (legei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

him,
αὐτῷ (autō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 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.

“Follow
Ἀκολούθει (Akolouthei)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 190: To accompany, attend, follow. Properly, to be in the same way with, i.e. To accompany.

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.

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

let
ἄφες (aphes)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 863: From apo and hiemi; to send forth, in various applications.

the
τοὺς (tous)
Article - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

dead
νεκροὺς (nekrous)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3498: (a) adj: dead, lifeless, subject to death, mortal, (b) noun: a dead body, a corpse. From an apparently primary nekus; dead.

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

their own
ἑαυτῶν (heautōn)
Reflexive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1438: Himself, herself, itself.

dead.”
νεκρούς (nekrous)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3498: (a) adj: dead, lifeless, subject to death, mortal, (b) noun: a dead body, a corpse. From an apparently primary nekus; dead.
(22) Let the dead bury their dead.--The point of the half-epigrammatic, half-proverbial saying, lies in the contrast between the two meanings of the word "dead." "Let those who have no spiritual life linger in the circle of outward routine duties, and sacrifice the highest spiritual possibilities of their nature to their fulfilment. Those who are really living will do the work to which their Master calls them, and leave the lower conventional duties to be done or left undone as the events of their life shall order." Something there was, we may be sure, in the inward state of the disciple which called for the sternness of the rebuke. He had been called to a living work: he was resting in a dead one.

Verse 22. - But Jesus said unto him, Follow me, and let; Revised Version, leave. Yet the thought of leaving seems here merged in that of permitting (cf. Matthew 23:14; Mark 5:37; Mark 10:14). The dead (Revised Version, to) bury their (Revised Version, own) dead (τοὺς ἑαυτῶν νεκρούς). The paradox was self-interpreting. Let the spiritually dead have to do with death; dead men belong in a special sense to them. Observe that there was no danger of his father remaining unburied. Christ means that there are times when his service admits of no postponement, however sacred the conflicting duty. His followers must on such occasions be very Nazarites (Numbers 6:7) or high priests (Leviticus 21:11). St. Luke adds, "But go thou, and publish abroad the kingdom of God," and adds a third similar case. 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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