Luke 12:29
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New International Version
And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.

New Living Translation
"And don't be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don't worry about such things.

English Standard Version
And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried.

New American Standard Bible
"And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying.

King James Bible
And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't keep striving for what you should eat and what you should drink, and don't be anxious.

International Standard Version
"So stop concerning yourselves about what you will eat or what you will drink, and stop being distressed,

NET Bible
So do not be overly concerned about what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not worry about such things.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“You should not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, neither should your mind be distracted by these things.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Don't concern yourself about what you will eat or drink, and quit worrying about these things.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And seek not what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink, neither be ye high minded.

King James 2000 Bible
And seek you not what you shall eat, or what you shall drink, neither be of anxious mind.

American King James Version
And seek not you what you shall eat, or what you shall drink, neither be you of doubtful mind.

American Standard Version
And seek not ye what ye shall eat, and what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And seek not you what you shall eat, or what you shall drink: and be not lifted up on high.

Darby Bible Translation
And *ye*, seek not what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink, and be not in anxiety;

English Revised Version
And seek not ye what ye shall eat, and what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.

Webster's Bible Translation
And seek ye not what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.

Weymouth New Testament
"Therefore, do not be asking what you are to eat nor what you are to drink; and do not waver between hope and fear.

World English Bible
Don't seek what you will eat or what you will drink; neither be anxious.

Young's Literal Translation
'And ye -- seek not what ye may eat, or what ye may drink, and be not in suspense,
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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 29. - And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink. Again, after the moving, touching words we have been commenting on, does the Lord return to the pressing injunction with which he began his lessons to his disciples upon the parable of the "rich fool." Trouble not yourselves about your eating and drinking. This repeated insistence of the Master upon this point in the future lives of his disciples has evidently a deeper significance than a mere injunction to cast all their care on him, and not to be over-anxious about their poor earthly maintenance. This was, of course, the first lesson they had to learn from these words; but beneath all this they could, and no doubt often in later days did, read in the words a clear expression of their dear Lord's will in favor of the utmost simplicity in all matters of food and drink. His own must be marked men here, ever frugal and temperate even to abstemiousness. It is a grave question whether his Church has ever fully grasped the Master's meaning here. Neither be ye of doubtful mind; literally, do not toss about like boats in the offing (so Dr. Farrar very happily). The word is not found elsewhere in New Testament writers, but it is known in classic writers. Its use here is one of the many signs of St. Luke's high culture.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And seek not what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink,.... That is, in an anxious and distressing manner, with a tormenting and vexatious care; otherwise food is to be both asked of God every day, and to be sought for and after in the use of proper means:

neither be ye of doubtful minds; questioning and distrusting that ye shall have any thing to eat or drink: be not fickle, unstable, and inconstant, and wandering in your thoughts about these things, like the meteors in the air, which are carried about here and there; let not your minds be disturbed and distracted about them; or be anxiously solicitous for them; See Gill on Matthew 6:31.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

29. of doubtful, &c.—unsettled mind; put off your balance.

Luke 12:29 Additional Commentaries
Context
Do Not Worry
28"But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith! 29"And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. 30"For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things.…
Cross References
Matthew 6:31
So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'

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

And seek not you what you shall eat, or what you shall drink, neither be you of doubtful mind.

seek.

Luke 12:22 And he said to his disciples, Therefore I say to you, Take no thought …

Luke 10:7,8 And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as …

Luke 22:35 And he said to them, When I sent you without purse, and money, and …

Matthew 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall …

neither, etc. or, live not in careful suspense.

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