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What Does the Bible Say About..Supporting Parents?

What does the bible say about children taking care of their parents? I know we are to give honor and respect. If Jesus left his Mary to do his father's will, wouldn't that mean that he could no longer directly care for his mother?


But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed. (1 Timothy 5:8, 16)

Paul says here that it is the family, and not the church, that should care for parents. If the widow has no other source of support (children, husband), then the church may help support her.

We often assume, since the Bible makes no mention of Joseph after Jesus has grown to manhood, that Mary was a widow during the ministry of Jesus. She may still have been married. Nevertheless, it is clear that she was still living with or near her other children during this time (Mark 3:31-34). While Jesus was away they clearly could take care of her. Even though his brothers and sisters were still alive when he died, Jesus made sure that his mother would be taken care of by his (maybe) cousin, John. (John 19:26-27) Even as he was dying on the cross he thought about seeing that his mother was taken care of. Jesus certainly cannot be used as an example of not taking care of parents.