Luke 12:23
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New International Version
For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.

New Living Translation
For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing.

English Standard Version
For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.

New American Standard Bible
"For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.

King James Bible
The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For life is more than food and the body more than clothing.

International Standard Version
because life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.

NET Bible
For there is more to life than food, and more to the body than clothing.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“For the soul is more important than food, and the body than clothing.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothes.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The life is more than food, and the body is more than raiment.

King James 2000 Bible
The life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.

American King James Version
The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.

American Standard Version
For the life is more than the food, and the body than the raiment.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The life is more than the meat, and the body is more than the raiment.

Darby Bible Translation
The life is more than food, and the body than raiment.

English Revised Version
For the life is more than the food, and the body than the raiment.

Webster's Bible Translation
The life is more than food, and the body is more than raiment.

Weymouth New Testament
For life is a greater gift than food, and the body is a greater gift than clothing.

World English Bible
Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.

Young's Literal Translation
the life is more than the nourishment, and the body than the clothing.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:22-40 Christ largely insisted upon this caution not to give way to disquieting, perplexing cares, Mt 6:25-34. The arguments here used are for our encouragement to cast our care upon God, which is the right way to get ease. As in our stature, so in our state, it is our wisdom to take it as it is. An eager, anxious pursuit of the things of this world, even necessary things, ill becomes the disciples of Christ. Fears must not prevail; when we frighten ourselves with thoughts of evil to come, and put ourselves upon needless cares how to avoid it. If we value the beauty of holiness, we shall not crave the luxuries of life. Let us then examine whether we belong to this little flock. Christ is our Master, and we are his servants; not only working servants, but waiting servants. We must be as men that wait for their lord, that sit up while he stays out late, to be ready to receive him. In this Christ alluded to his own ascension to heaven, his coming to call his people to him by death, and his return to judge the world. We are uncertain as to the time of his coming to us, we should therefore be always ready. If men thus take care of their houses, let us be thus wise for our souls. Be ye therefore ready also; as ready as the good man of the house would be, if he knew at what hour the thief would come.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The life is more than meat,.... What in Matthew is put by way of question, is here strongly affirmed; and these words contain a reason or argument to dissuade from an anxious, distressing thought and care about the necessaries, conveniencies, and comforts of life: and all the Oriental versions read, "for", or "seeing the life is more than meat"; that is, it is more excellent and valuable in its own nature, being that for the support of which meat is provided; and seeing God is the author and giver of life, it need not be doubted but he will give meat for the maintenance and continuance of it, so long as is his pleasure it should subsist.

And the body is more than raiment; it is of more worth than the richest clothing that can be had; the finest piece of embroidery is not comparable to the curious workmanship of the body, Psalm 139:15 and he that has so curiously wrought that, will not fail to provide suitable and proper clothing for it; and therefore there ought to be no anxiety on this account; See Gill on Matthew 6:5.



Luke 12:23 Additional Commentaries
Context
Do Not Worry
22And He said to His disciples, "For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. 23"For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24"Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds!…
Cross References
Luke 12:22
Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.

Luke 12:24
Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!
Treasury of Scripture

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