Luke 12:26
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New International Version
Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

New Living Translation
And if worry can't accomplish a little thing like that, what's the use of worrying over bigger things?

English Standard Version
If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?

Berean Study Bible
So if you cannot do such a small thing, why do you worry about the rest?

Berean Literal Bible
If, then, you cannot even do the least, why are you anxious about the rest?

New American Standard Bible
"If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters?

King James Bible
If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If then you're not able to do even a little thing, why worry about the rest?

International Standard Version
So if you can't do a small thing like that, why worry about other things?

NET Bible
So if you cannot do such a very little thing as this, why do you worry about the rest?

New Heart English Bible
If then you are not able to do even the least things, why are you anxious about the rest?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“But if you cannot do the small thing, why do you take pains over the rest?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If you can't do a small thing like that, why worry about other things?

New American Standard 1977
“If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why are you anxious about other matters?

Jubilee Bible 2000
If ye then are not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?

King James 2000 Bible
If you then be not able to do that thing which is least, why are you anxious concerning the rest?

American King James Version
If you then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take you thought for the rest?

American Standard Version
If then ye are not able to do even that which is least, why are ye anxious concerning the rest?

Douay-Rheims Bible
If then ye be not able to do so much as the least thing, why are you solicitous for the rest?

Darby Bible Translation
If therefore ye cannot [do] even what is least, why are ye careful about the rest?

English Revised Version
If then ye are not able to do even that which is least, why are ye anxious concerning the rest?

Webster's Bible Translation
If ye then are not able to do that thing which is least, why are ye anxious for the rest?

Weymouth New Testament
If then you are unable to do even a very little thing, why be over-anxious about other matters?

World English Bible
If then you aren't able to do even the least things, why are you anxious about the rest?

Young's Literal Translation
If, then, ye are not able for the least -- why for the rest are ye anxious?
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
Do Not Worry
25Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifespan? 26So if you cannot do such a small thing, why do you worry about the rest? 27Consider how the lilies grow: They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory was adorned like one of these.…
Cross References
Matthew 6:25
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?

Luke 12:25
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifespan?

Luke 12:27
Consider how the lilies grow: They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory was adorned like one of these.
Treasury of Scripture

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Psalm 39:6 Surely every man walks in a vain show: surely they are disquieted …

Ecclesiastes 7:13 Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he …

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care on him; for he cares for you.

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