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Matthew 6:28

    Matthew 6:28 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And why take you thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And why are ye anxious concerning raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And why are you troubled about clothing? See the flowers of the field, how they come up; they do no work, they make no thread:

    Webster's Revision

    And why are ye anxious concerning raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

    World English Bible

    Why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They don't toil, neither do they spin,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And why are ye anxious concerning raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

    Definitions for Matthew 6:28

    Raiment - Clothing; apparel; covering.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 6:28

    And why take ye thought for raiment? - Or, why are ye anxiously careful about raiment? The fourth reason against such inquietudes is the example of inanimate creatures: The herbs and flowers of the field have their being, nourishment, exquisite flavors, and beautiful hues from God himself. They are not only without anxious care, but also without care or thought of every kind. Your being, its excellence and usefulness, do not depend on your anxious concern: they spring as truly from the beneficence and continual superintendence of God, as the flowers of the field do; and were you brought into such a situation, as to be as utterly incapable of contributing to your own preservation and support as the lilies of the field are to theirs, your heavenly Father could augment your substance, and preserve your being, when for his glory and your own advantage.

    Consider - Diligently consider this, καταμαθετε, lay it earnestly to heart, and let your confidence be unshaken in the God of infinite bounty and love.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 6:28

    Consider the lilies of the field - The fourth consideration is taken from the care which God bestows on lilies. Watch the growing of the lily. It toils not, and it spins not; yet night and day it grows. With a beauty with which the most splendid monarch of the East was never adorned. it expands its blossom and fills the air with fragrance. Yet this beauty is of short continuance. Soon it will fade, and the beautiful flower will be cut down and burned. God "so little" regards the bestowment of beauty and ornament as to give the highest adorning to this which is soon to perish. When He thus clothes a lily - a fair flower, soon to perish - will he be unmindful of his children? Shall they dear to His heart and imbued with immortality - lack that which is proper for them, and shall they in vain trust the God that decks the lily of the valley?

    Even Solomon in all his glory ... - The common dress of Eastern kings was purple, but they sometimes wore white robes. See Esther 8:15; Daniel 7:9. It is to this that Christ refers. Solomon, says he, the richest and most magnificent king of Israel, was not clothed in a robe of "so pure a white" as the lily that grows wild in the field.