New International Version
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
King James Bible
Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
Darby Bible Translation
But which of you by carefulness can add to his growth one cubit?
World English Bible
"Which of you, by being anxious, can add one moment to his lifespan?
Young's Literal Translation
'And who of you, being anxious, is able to add to his age one cubit?
Matthew 6:27 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? - The third reason against these carking cares is the unprofitableness of human solicitude, unless God vouchsafe to bless it. What can our uneasiness do but render us still more unworthy of the Divine care? The passage from distrust to apostasy is very short and easy; and a man is not far from murmuring against Providence, who is dissatisfied with its conduct. We should depend as fully upon God for the preservation of his gifts as for the gifts themselves.
Cubit unto his stature? - I think ηλικιαν should be rendered age here, and so our translators have rendered the word in John 9:21, αυτος ηλικιαν εχει he is of age. A very learned writer observes, that no difficulty can arise from applying πηχυν a cubit, a measure of extension, to time, and the age of man: as place and time are both quantities, and capable of increase and diminution, and, as no fixed material standard can be employed in the mensuration of the fleeting particles of time, it was natural and necessary, in the construction of language, to apply parallel terms to the discrimination of time and place. Accordingly, we find the same words indifferently used to denote time and place in every known tongue. Lord, let me know the Measure of my days! Thou hast made my days Hand-Breadths, Psalm 39:5. Many examples might be adduced from the Greek and Roman writers. Besides, it is evident that the phrase of adding one cubit is proverbial, denoting something minute; and is therefore applicable to the smallest possible portion of time; but, in a literal acceptation, the addition of a cubit to the stature, would be a great and extraordinary accession of height. See Wakefield.
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Eversley. 1871. Matthew vi. 34. "Take no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." Scholars will tell you that the words "take no thought" do not exactly express our Lord's meaning in this text. That they should rather stand, "Be not anxious about to-morrow." And doubtless they are right on the whole. But the truth is, that we have no word in English which exactly expresses the Greek word which St Matthew …
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August 27. "Take no Thought for Your Life" (Matt. vi. 25).
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You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.
So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things,
"When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say,
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