Matthew 6:33
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New International Version
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

New Living Translation
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

English Standard Version
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

New American Standard Bible
"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

King James Bible
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.

International Standard Version
But first be concerned about God's kingdom and his righteousness, and all of these things will be provided for you as well.

NET Bible
But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But first, be concerned about his kingdom and what has his approval. Then all these things will be provided for you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.

King James 2000 Bible
But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

American King James Version
But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.

American Standard Version
But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God, and his justice, and all these things shall be added unto you.

Darby Bible Translation
But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.

English Revised Version
But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Webster's Bible Translation
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Weymouth New Testament
But make His Kingdom and righteousness your chief aim, and then these things shall all be given you in addition.

World English Bible
But seek first God's Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well.

Young's Literal Translation
but seek ye first the reign of God and His righteousness, and all these shall be added to you.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:25-34 There is scarcely any sin against which our Lord Jesus more warns his disciples, than disquieting, distracting, distrustful cares about the things of this life. This often insnares the poor as much as the love of wealth does the rich. But there is a carefulness about temporal things which is a duty, though we must not carry these lawful cares too far. Take no thought for your life. Not about the length of it; but refer it to God to lengthen or shorten it as he pleases; our times are in his hand, and they are in a good hand. Not about the comforts of this life; but leave it to God to make it bitter or sweet as he pleases. Food and raiment God has promised, therefore we may expect them. Take no thought for the morrow, for the time to come. Be not anxious for the future, how you shall live next year, or when you are old, or what you shall leave behind you. As we must not boast of tomorrow, so we must not care for to-morrow, or the events of it. God has given us life, and has given us the body. And what can he not do for us, who did that? If we take care about our souls and for eternity, which are more than the body and its life, we may leave it to God to provide for us food and raiment, which are less. Improve this as an encouragement to trust in God. We must reconcile ourselves to our worldly estate, as we do to our stature. We cannot alter the disposals of Providence, therefore we must submit and resign ourselves to them. Thoughtfulness for our souls is the best cure of thoughtfulness for the world. Seek first the kingdom of God, and make religion your business: say not that this is the way to starve; no, it is the way to be well provided for, even in this world. The conclusion of the whole matter is, that it is the will and command of the Lord Jesus, that by daily prayers we may get strength to bear us up under our daily troubles, and to arm us against the temptations that attend them, and then let none of these things move us. Happy are those who take the Lord for their God, and make full proof of it by trusting themselves wholly to his wise disposal. Let thy Spirit convince us of sin in the want of this disposition, and take away the worldliness of our hearts.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 33. - Parallel passage: Luke 12:31, which is shorter. But; i.e. in contrast to such seeking as he has just spoken cf. Our Lord at length gives a distinct promise that if God's cause is made the first aim, all the necessaries of life shall be provided. Seek ye first. The difference between ζητεῖν here and ἐπιζητεῖν in ver. 32 seems to be only that the latter points out more clearly the direction of the search. First. If the search for earthly things be put into a secondary place, it may be allowable. The kingdom of God, and his righteousness; his kingdom and his righteousness (Revised Version). "Of God" must almost certainly be omitted with א (B); cf. Westcott and Hort, 'App.' The first phrase represents rather the external, the second the internal aim. Seek ye the spread and accomplishment of God's kingdom; seek ye personal conformity to his standard of righteousness. Both thoughts are of fundamental importance for this "sermon" (kingdom, cf. Matthew 5:3, 10, 19, 20; Matthew 6:10; righteousness, especially Matthew 5:17-20), which treats essentially of the way in which the subjects of the Divine kingdom should regard the Divine righteousness and conform to it. And all these things shall be added unto you; cf. the apocryphal saying of our Lord, repeated by Origen (Clem. Alex.), "Jesus said to his disciples, Ask great things, and the small shall be added to you; and ask heavenly things, and the earthly shall be added to you" (Westcott, 'Introd.,' App. C; Resch, 'Agrapha,' p. 230, etc.; cf. also 1 Kings 3:11-14; Mark 10:29, 30; 1 Timothy 4:8).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But seek first the kingdom of God,.... Meaning either the Gospel, and the ministration of it; in which sense this phrase is often used, see Matthew 21:43 and which is diligently to be sought after, and into; to be constantly attended on, and to be preferred to our necessary food, to raiment, or riches, or any enjoyment of life: or else the kingdom of glory, which is prepared by God, and is his gift; for which he makes his people meet here, and will introduce them into it hereafter.

And his righteousness; the righteousness of God, which is revealed in the Gospel, and is what gives a right and title to the kingdom of heaven. This is not the righteousness of man, but of God; and is no other than the righteousness of Christ; so called, because he is God who has wrought it; it is what God approves of, accepts, and imputes, and which only can justify in his sight, and give an abundant entrance into his kingdom and glory. Heaven is to be sought for in the first place, as the perfection of the saints' happiness; and Christ's righteousness is to be sought for, and laid hold on by faith, as the way and means of enjoying that happiness; without which, there will be no entering into the kingdom of heaven.

And all these things shall be added unto you: of the free bounty, goodness, and liberality of God, without your thought and care, and much less merit; even "all these things", meat, drink, clothing, or whatsoever worldly sustenance else is necessary for you: which are not parts of the happiness of saints, only appendages thereunto; which they have over and above what they are, or should be chiefly seeking after. The Hebrews (r) say,

"that no good sign will be shown to Israel, until they return and "seek" three things: "afterwards the children of Israel shall return and seek the Lord"; , "this is the kingdom of heaven"; and "David their king", according to its literal sense; "and shall fear the Lord and his goodness"; this is the house of the sanctuary, as it is said, "this goodly mountain", and Lebanon.''

(r) Jarchi & Kimchi, in Hosea 3.5.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

33. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you—This is the great summing up. Strictly speaking, it has to do only with the subject of the present section—the right state of the heart with reference to heavenly and earthly things; but being couched in the form of a brief general directory, it is so comprehensive in its grasp as to embrace the whole subject of this discourse. And, as if to make this the more evident, the two keynotes of this great sermon seem purposely struck in it—"the KINGDOM" and "the RIGHTEOUSNESS" of the kingdom—as the grand objects, in the supreme pursuit of which all things needful for the present life will be added to us. The precise sense of every word in this golden verse should be carefully weighed. "The kingdom of God" is the primary subject of the Sermon on the Mount—that kingdom which the God of heaven is erecting in this fallen world, within which are all the spiritually recovered and inwardly subject portion of the family of Adam, under Messiah as its Divine Head and King. "The righteousness thereof" is the character of all such, so amply described and variously illustrated in the foregoing portions of this discourse. The "seeking" of these is the making them the object of supreme choice and pursuit; and the seeking of them "first" is the seeking of them before and above all else. The "all these things" which shall in that case be added to us are just the "all these things" which the last words of Mt 6:32 assured us "our heavenly Father knoweth that we have need of"; that is, all we require for the present life. And when our Lord says they shall be "added," it is implied, as a matter of course, that the seekers of the kingdom and its righteousness shall have these as their proper and primary portion: the rest being their gracious reward for not seeking them. (See an illustration of the principle of this in 2Ch 1:11, 12). What follows is but a reduction of this great general direction into a practical and ready form for daily use.

Matthew 6:33 Additional Commentaries
Context
Do Not Worry
32"For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34"So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Cross References
1 Kings 3:13
Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for--both wealth and honor--so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings.

Psalm 112:3
Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever.

Proverbs 8:18
With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.

Proverbs 10:3
The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.

Proverbs 28:10
Whoever leads the upright along an evil path will fall into their own trap, but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.

Ecclesiastes 10:2
The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.

Isaiah 26:9
My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness.

Isaiah 33:6
He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure.

Matthew 19:28
Jesus said to them, "Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Matthew 19:29
And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.

Mark 10:29
"Truly I tell you," Jesus replied, "no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel

Luke 12:31
But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

Luke 18:29
"Truly I tell you," Jesus said to them, "no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God

1 Timothy 4:8
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
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But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.

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1 Kings 3:11-13 And God said to him, Because you have asked this thing, and have …

1 Kings 17:13 And Elijah said to her, Fear not; go and do as you have said: but …

2 Chronicles 1:7-12 In that night did God appear to Solomon, and said to him, Ask what …

2 Chronicles 31:20,21 And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and worked that which …

Proverbs 2:1-9 My son, if you will receive my words, and hide my commandments with you…

Proverbs 3:9,10 Honor the LORD with your substance, and with the first fruits of …

Haggai 1:2-11 Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying, This people say, The time …

Haggai 2:16-19 Since those days were, when one came to an heap of twenty measures, …

Luke 12:31 But rather seek you the kingdom of God; and all these things shall …

John 6:27 Labor not for the meat which perishes, but for that meat which endures …

the kingdom.

Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent you: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the …

Matthew 13:44-46 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to treasure hid in a field; …

Acts 20:25 And now, behold, I know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching …

Acts 28:31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern …

Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, …

Colossians 1:13,14 Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated …

2 Thessalonians 1:5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that …

2 Peter 1:11 For so an entrance shall be ministered to you abundantly into the …

his.

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: …

Isaiah 45:24 Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: …

Jeremiah 23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: …

Luke 1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments …

Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: …

Romans 3:21,22 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being …

Romans 10:3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to …

1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made to us wisdom, …

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might …

Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of …

2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ…

and all.

Matthew 19:29 And every one that has forsaken houses, or brothers, or sisters, …

Leviticus 25:20,21 And if you shall say, What shall we eat the seventh year? behold, …

Psalm 34:9,10 O fear the LORD, you his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him…

Psalm 37:3,18,19,25 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shall you dwell in the land, and …

Psalm 84:11,12 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and …

Mark 10:30 But he shall receive an hundred times now in this time, houses, and …

Luke 18:29,30 And he said to them, Truly I say to you, There is no man that has …

Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

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