New International Version
Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
King James Bible
Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
Darby Bible Translation
Be not ye therefore like them, for your Father knows of what things ye have need before ye beg [anything] of him.
World English Bible
Therefore don't be like them, for your Father knows what things you need, before you ask him.
Young's Literal Translation
be ye not therefore like to them, for your Father doth know those things that ye have need of before your asking him;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of - Prayer is not designed to inform God, but to give man a sight of his misery; to humble his heart, to excite his desire, to inflame his faith, to animate his hope, to raise his soul from earth to heaven, and to put him in mind that There is his Father, his country, and inheritance.
In the preceding verses we may see three faults, which our Lord commands us to avoid in prayer: -
1st. Hypocrisy. Be not as the hypocrites. Matthew 6:5.
2ndly. Dissipation. Enter into thy closet. Matthew 6:6.
3rdly. Much Speaking, or Unmeaning Repetition, Be not like the heathens. Matthew 6:7.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryThe Distracted Mind
Eversley. 1871. Matthew vi. 34. "Take no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." Scholars will tell you that the words "take no thought" do not exactly express our Lord's meaning in this text. That they should rather stand, "Be not anxious about to-morrow." And doubtless they are right on the whole. But the truth is, that we have no word in English which exactly expresses the Greek word which St Matthew …
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons
August 27. "Take no Thought for Your Life" (Matt. vi. 25).
'Forgive us Our Debts'
'Lead us not into Temptation'
All my longings lie open before you, Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you.
Do not hide your face from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in trouble.
For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.
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