MATTHEW 6:25

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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?

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Matthew 6:25 Translation & Meaning

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Therefore διὰ Through (in very wide applications, local, causal, or occasional) Therefore
I say λέγω Properly, to "lay" forth, i.e., (figuratively) relate (in words (usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas G2036 and G5346 generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while G4483 is properly to break silence merely, and G2980 means an extended or random harangue)); by implication, to mean say
unto you, ὑμῖν, To (with or by) you unto you
Take μεριμνᾶτε To be anxious about Take
no μὴ (adverb) not, (conjunction) lest; also (as an interrogative implying a negative answer (whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one)) whether no
thought μεριμνᾶτε To be anxious about thought
for ψυχῇ Breath, i.e., (by implication) spirit, abstractly or concretely (the animal sentient principle only; thus distinguished on the one hand from G4151, which is the rational and immortal soul; and on the other from G2222, which is mere vitality, even of plants: these terms thus exactly correspond respectively to the Hebrew H5315, H7307 and H2416) for
your ὑμῶν, Of (from or concerning) you your
life, ψυχῇ Breath, i.e., (by implication) spirit, abstractly or concretely (the animal sentient principle only; thus distinguished on the one hand from G4151, which is the rational and immortal soul; and on the other from G2222, which is mere vitality, even of plants: these terms thus exactly correspond respectively to the Hebrew H5315, H7307 and H2416) life
what τί An interrogative pronoun, who, which or what (in direct or indirect questions) what
ye shall eat, φάγητε To eat (literally or figuratively) eat
or καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words or
what τί An interrogative pronoun, who, which or what (in direct or indirect questions) what
ye shall drink; πίητε, To imbibe (literally or figuratively) drink
nor yet μηδὲ But not, not even; in a continued negation, nor nor yet
for σώματι The body (as a sound whole), used in a very wide application, literally or figuratively for
your ὑμῶν, Of (from or concerning) you your
body, σώματι The body (as a sound whole), used in a very wide application, literally or figuratively body
what τί An interrogative pronoun, who, which or what (in direct or indirect questions) what
ye shall put on. ἐνδύσησθε· To invest with clothing (literally or figuratively) put
Is ἐστιν He (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are Is
not οὐχὶ Not indeed not
the The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
life ψυχὴ Breath, i.e., (by implication) spirit, abstractly or concretely (the animal sentient principle only; thus distinguished on the one hand from G4151, which is the rational and immortal soul; and on the other from G2222, which is mere vitality, even of plants: these terms thus exactly correspond respectively to the Hebrew H5315, H7307 and H2416) life
more πλεῖόν More in quantity, number, or quality; also (in plural) the major portion more
than meat, τροφῆς Nourishment (literally or figuratively); by implication, rations (wages) than meat
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
the τὸ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
body σῶμα The body (as a sound whole), used in a very wide application, literally or figuratively body
than raiment? ἐνδύματος; Apparel (especially the outer robe) than raiment

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  • 23  But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

  • 24  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

  • 25  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?

  • 26  Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

  • 27  Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?




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