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Matthew 6:24-34

July 28, 2008

Translated this passage tonight for my NT Ethics class tomorrow.  Going through the passage word by word somehow makes it seem more alive.  More forceful.  Here’s the translation.  Kudos to BDAG and the NET bible notes on some sticky parts.

Matthew 6:24-34

  1. No one is able to serve two lords; For either he will hate the one and love the other or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. He is not able to serve God and Mammon (wealth/riches BDAG).

  2. For this reason I say to you: do not be anxious regarding your life, what you might eat or what you might drink, nor what you might put on your body. Is not life more than food and the body, clothing?

  3. Look at the birds of heaven that do not sow nor reap nor gather together into a barn, but our Heavenly Father feeds them; are you not worth more than them?

  4. But who of you, being anxious, is able to add to his age one cubit (perhaps just “bit” would work)?

  5. And concerning clothing, why are you anxious? Observe well the lilies of the field, how they grow; they do not work hard nor spin;

  6. But I say to you that not even Solomon in all of his glory clothed himself as one of these.

  7. But if the grass of the field, existing today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, God thus clothes, are you, of little faith, not much more?

  8. Therefore, do not be anxious, saying: “What might I eat?” or “What might I drink?” or “What might I put on?”

  9. For all these (things) the Gentiles seek, for your Heavenly Father has known that you need all these things.

  10. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these (things) will be added to you.

  11. Therefore, do not be anxious concerning tomorrow; for tomorrow will be anxious about itself. Sufficient for the day is its evil.  (Thanks NET for help on that last bit)

One Comment leave one →
  1. Cameron permalink
    July 29, 2008 10:03 am

    Amen! Thanks for the reminder!

    PS. nice work! 🙂

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