Tobit 4:3


1 That same day Tobit remembered the money that he had left in trust with Gabael at Rages in Media, 2 and he said to himself, "Now I have asked for death. Why do I not call my son Tobias and explain to him about the money before I die?" 3 Then he called his son Tobias, and when he came to him he said, "My son, when I die, give me a proper burial. Honor your mother and do not abandon her all the days of her life. Do whatever pleases her, and do not grieve her in anything. 4 Remember her, my son, because she faced many dangers for you while you were in her womb. And when she dies, bury her beside me in the same grave. 5 "Revere the Lord all your days, my son, and refuse to sin or to transgress his commandments. Live uprightly all the days of your life, and do not walk in the ways of wrongdoing;

Matthew 8:21

New Testament

19 Then an expert in the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 20 Jesus said to him, “Foxes have dens, and the birds in the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 21 Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 22 But Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” 23 As he got into the boat, his disciples followed him.

 Notes and References

"... If the scribe was too quick in promising, this 'disciple' was too slow in performing (v.21). Palestinian piety, basing itself on the fifth commandment (Exoduis 20:12; compare Deuteronomy 27:16), expected sons to attend to the burial of their parents (compare Tobit 4:3; 14:10-11; m. Berakoth 3:1; compare Genesis 25:9; 35:29; 50:13). Jesus' reply used paradoxical language as in 16:25 ..."

Gaebelein, Frank Ely The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Matthew, Mark, Luke (p. 208) Pickering & Inglis, 1984

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