“Be careful for nothing”



Do not be anxious about anything this verse tells us. Instead, pray earnestly and humbly, thanking God.

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“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

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Philippians 4:6 Translation & Meaning

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Be careful μεριμνᾶτε To be anxious about careful
for nothing; μηδὲν Not even one (man, woman, thing) nothing
but ἀλλ' Properly, other things, i.e., (adverbially) contrariwise (in many relations) but
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
every thing παντὶ All, any, every, the whole every thing
by τῇ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) by
prayer προσευχῇ Prayer (worship); by implication, an oratory (chapel) prayer
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
supplication δεήσει A petition supplication
with μετὰ Properly, denoting accompaniment; "amid" (local or causal); modified variously according to the case (genitive association, or accusative succession) with which it is joined; occupying an intermediate position between G0575 or G1537 and G1519 or G4314; less intimate than G1722 and less close than G4862) with
thanksgiving εὐχαριστίας Gratitude; actively, grateful language (to God, as an act of worship) thanksgiving
let be made γνωριζέσθω To make known; subjectively, to know let made
your ὑμῶν Of (from or concerning) you your
requests αἰτήματα A thing asked or (abstractly) an asking requests
known γνωριζέσθω To make known; subjectively, to know known
unto πρὸς A preposition of direction; forward to, i.e., toward (with the genitive case, the side of, i.e., pertaining to; with the dative case, by the side of, i.e., near to; usually with the accusative case, the place, time, occasion, or respect, which is the destination of the relation, i.e., whither or for which it is predicated) unto
God. θεόν A deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; exceedingly (by Hebraism) God

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  • 4  Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

  • 5  Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

  • 6  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

  • 7  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

  • 8  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.


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