Therefore I say to you, Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor yet for your body…
I. THE PROHIBITION. If the text prohibits anxiety about gaining sustenance itself, it must much more condemn such a disposition of mind in reference to the luxuries or show of life, what a world of uneasiness is created by inordinate desire about trifles.
II. THE REASONS OR MOTIVES FOR DOING SO.
1. The first is derived from a view of the conduct of the Gentiles.
2. Another lesson for avoiding anxiety is this, "that our heavenly Father knoweth we have need of these things."
3. There is no advantage in excessive carefulness.Learn:
1. Christianity is calculated to make men happy.
2. Let Christians guard against a distrustful spirit.
(R. Robinson.)The word " thought " is here used in the antiquated sense of anxiety. In this sense it occurs in Bacon and Shakespeare, "Queen Catherine Parr died of thought." "The pale cast of thought."
Parallel VersesKJV: Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
WEB: Therefore, I tell you, don't be anxious for your life: what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Isn't life more than food, and the body more than clothing?