Matthew 6:32
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New International Version
For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.

King James Bible
(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

Darby Bible Translation
for all these things the nations seek after; for your heavenly Father knows that ye have need of all these things.

World English Bible
For the Gentiles seek after all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

Young's Literal Translation
for all these do the nations seek for, for your heavenly Father doth know that ye have need of all these;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

For after all these things do the Gentiles seek - The fifth reason against solicitude about the future is - that to concern ourselves about these wants with anxiety, as if there was no such thing as a providence in the world; with great affection towards earthly enjoyments, as if we expected no other; and without praying to God or consulting his will, as if we could do any thing without him: this is to imitate the worst kind of heathens, who live without hope, and without God in the world.

Seek - Επιζητει from επι, intensive, and ζητεω, I seek, to seek intensely, earnestly, again and again: the true characteristic of the worldly man; his soul is never satisfied - give! give! is the ceaseless language of his earth-born heart.

Your heavenly Father knoweth, etc. - The sixth reason against this anxiety about the future is - because God, our heavenly Father, is infinite in wisdom, and knows all our wants. It is the property of a wise and tender father to provide necessaries, and not superfluities, for his children. Not to expect the former is an offense to his goodness; to expect the latter is injurious to his wisdom.

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after.

Matthew 5:46,47 For if you love them which love you, what reward have you? do not even the publicans the same...

Matthew 20:25,26 But Jesus called them to him, and said, You know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them...

Psalm 17:14 From men which are your hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life...

Luke 12:30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knows that you have need of these things.

Ephesians 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you from now on walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

1 Thessalonians 4:5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:

for your.

Matthew 6:8 Be not you therefore like to them: for your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask him.

Psalm 103:13 Like as a father pities his children, so the LORD pities them that fear him.

Luke 11:11-13 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish...

Luke 12:30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knows that you have need of these things.

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The Distracted Mind
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
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons

August 27. "Take no Thought for Your Life" (Matt. vi. 25).
"Take no thought for your life" (Matt. vi. 25). Still the Lord is using the things that are despised. The very names of Nazarene and Christian were once epithets of contempt. No man can have God's highest thought and be popular with his immediate generation. The most abused men are often most used. There are far greater calamities than to be unpopular and misunderstood. There are far worse things than to be found in the minority. Many of God's greatest blessings are lying behind the devil's scarecrows
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

'Forgive us Our Debts'
'Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.'--MATT. vi. 12. The sequence of the petitions in the second half of the Lord's Prayer suggests that every man who needs to pray for daily bread needs also to pray for daily forgiveness. The supplication for the supply of our bodily needs precedes the others, because it deals with a need which is fundamental indeed, but of less importance than those which prompt the subsequent petitions. God made us to need bread, we have made ourselves to need pardon.
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

'Lead us not into Temptation'
'And lead us not into temptation.'--MATT. vi. 13. The petition of the previous clause has to do with the past, this with the future; the one is the confession of sin, the other the supplication which comes from the consciousness of weakness. The best man needs both. Forgiveness does not break the bonds of evil by which we are held. But forgiveness increases our consciousness of weakness, and in the new desire which comes from it to walk in holiness, we are first rightly aware of the strength and
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Cross References
Jeremiah 45:5
Should you then seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them. For I will bring disaster on all people, declares the LORD, but wherever you go I will let you escape with your life.'"

Matthew 6:8
Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Philippians 4:19
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

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