Luke 12:25
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New International Version
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?

New Living Translation
Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

English Standard Version
And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?

New American Standard Bible
"And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life's span?

King James Bible
And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Can any of you add a cubit to his height by worrying?

International Standard Version
Can any of you add an hour to the length of your life by worrying?

NET Bible
And which of you by worrying can add an hour to his life?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Which of you by taking pains can add one cubit to his height?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Can any of you add an hour to your life by worrying?

Jubilee Bible 2000
And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?

King James 2000 Bible
And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?

American King James Version
And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?

American Standard Version
And which of you by being anxious can add a cubit unto the measure of his life?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And which of you, by taking thought, can add to his stature one cubit?

Darby Bible Translation
But which of you by being careful can add to his stature one cubit?

English Revised Version
And which of you by being anxious can add a cubit unto his stature?

Webster's Bible Translation
And which of you by solicitude can add to his stature one cubit?

Weymouth New Testament
And which of you is able by anxious thought to add a moment to his life?

World English Bible
Which of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his height?

Young's Literal Translation
and who of you, being anxious, is able to add to his age one cubit?
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

And which of you with taking thought,.... In an anxious and distressing manner, for food and raiment, in order to preserve and continue life,

add to his stature one cubit? The Persic version reads, "to his stature and height", as if this referred to the height of stature; whereas it seems rather to regard the age of a man, and the continuance of his life; See Gill on Matthew 6:27.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

25, 26. which of you, &c.—Corroding solicitude will not bring you the least of the things ye fret about, though it may double the evil of wanting them. And if not the least, why vex yourselves about things of more consequence?

Luke 12:25 Additional Commentaries
Context
Do Not Worry
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! 25"And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life's span? 26"If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters?…
Cross References
Psalm 39:5
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.

Matthew 6:27
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Luke 12:26
Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
Treasury of Scripture

And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?

Luke 19:3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, …

Matthew 5:36 Neither shall you swear by your head, because you can not make one …

Matthew 6:27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit to his stature?

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