If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith?
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Matthew 6:25-33. See Poole on "Luke 12:22"
which is today in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven: the grass is one day in the field, in all its verdure, glory, and beauty; and being cut down before evening, the next day it is withered and dried, and made fit to put into an oven, or under a furnace to heat them with:
how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? The Persic version renders the words, "how much more excellent are ye than that, O ye of little faith?" they are more excellent in their nature, and of a longer duration, and are designed for greater ends and purposes; and therefore if God clothes the one in such a manner as he does, how much more will he not clothe the other? and such who are distrustful and diffident in this matter, may well be called men of little faith; See Gill on Matthew 6:30.If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)28. the grass...in the field] The common Scripture symbol for evanescence, Isaiah 40:6; 1 Peter 1:24; James 1:10-11.
is cast into the oven] In the absence of wood this is the usual method of heating ovens in the East.Luke 12:28. Ἐν τῷ ἀγρῷ, in the field) This may be construed either with τὸν χόρτον: in which view, comp. Matthew 6:30, τὸν χόρτον τοῦ ἀγροῦ: or else with ὄντα, so as to be in antithesis to εἰς κλίβανον.
Construe in the field with the grass; and render is absolutely: exists, lives. So Rev., the grass in the field which to-day is.
Strictly, a covered earthen vessel, wider at bottom than at top, in which bread was baked by putting hot embers round it. The regular oven or furnace is ἰπνός. Herodotus, speaking of the papyrus-plant (byblus), the lower portion of which is used for food, says, "Such as wish to enjoy the by-blue in full perfection, bake it first in a closed vessel (ἐν κλιβάνῳ), heated to a glow" (ii., 92).
And seek not what ye, etc
Ye is emphatic: "and ye, seek not what," etc.
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