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

King James Bible
Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

Darby Bible Translation
Be not ye therefore like them, for your Father knows of what things ye have need before ye beg [anything] of him.

World English Bible
Therefore don't be like them, for your Father knows what things you need, before you ask him.

Young's Literal Translation
be ye not therefore like to them, for your Father doth know those things that ye have need of before your asking him;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of - Prayer is not designed to inform God, but to give man a sight of his misery; to humble his heart, to excite his desire, to inflame his faith, to animate his hope, to raise his soul from earth to heaven, and to put him in mind that There is his Father, his country, and inheritance.

In the preceding verses we may see three faults, which our Lord commands us to avoid in prayer: -

1st. Hypocrisy. Be not as the hypocrites. Matthew 6:5.

2ndly. Dissipation. Enter into thy closet. Matthew 6:6.

3rdly. Much Speaking, or Unmeaning Repetition, Be not like the heathens. Matthew 6:7.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Matthew 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things.

Psalm 38:9 Lord, all my desire is before you; and my groaning is not hid from you.

Psalm 69:17-19 And hide not your face from your servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily...

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.

John 16:23-27 And in that day you shall ask me nothing. Truly, truly, I say to you, Whatever you shall ask the Father in my name...

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

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
Psalm 38:9
All my longings lie open before you, Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you.

Psalm 69:17
Do not hide your face from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in trouble.

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

Luke 12:30
For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.

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