"Verse of the Day" Bible Verse(s) - Today
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"Verse of the Day"
Try not to worry about things that you can't control. If you are truly born again, God will supply your basic needs.
During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his disciples (and--via the Bible--all Christians):
Matthew 6:25: "Therefore I [Jesus] say unto you [regarding anxiety], Take no thought for your life [don't worry about how you'll obtain the necessities of life, including], what ye [you] shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on [wear]. Is not the life more [valuable] than meat [food], and [is not] the body [more valuable] than raiment [clothing]?"
Matthew 6:26: "Behold [look at, observe, consider] the fowls of the air [the birds]: for they sow not [they don't plant or scatter seeds], neither do they reap [harvest crops], nor [do they] gather [the crops] into barns; yet your heavenly Father [God] feedeth [feeds] them [or makes sure they are fed]. Are ye not much better [more important] than they [are]?"
Matthew 6:27: "Which of you by taking thought [by worrying] can add one cubit [the length of a forearm from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger--about 18 inches] unto his [or her] stature [height--see note below*]?"
Matthew 6:28-29: "And why take ye thought for [why do you worry about] raiment [clothing]? Consider the lilies of the field [the wildflowers], how they grow; they toil not [they don't work], neither do they spin [make yarn or thread by twisting fibers of wool, cotton, etc.]: And yet I [Jesus] say unto you, That even [King] Solomon in all his glory [splendor (i.e., while wearing his finest royal robes)] was not arrayed [clothed, dressed] like one of these [beautiful flowers]."
Matthew 6:30: "Wherefore, if God so clothe [dress] the grass of the field [i.e., cereal plants, like wheat], which to day is [alive and growing], and to morrow [after the grain has been harvested] is [dead and dry and] cast [thrown, placed, inserted] into the oven [and used as fuel for baking, as was done in Bible times], shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?"
Matthew 6:31-32: "Therefore take no thought [don't worry] [about the things that you need], saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal [with what] shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles [non-Jewish people] seek:) for your heavenly Father [God] knoweth [knows] that ye have need of all these things."
Matthew 6:33: "But seek ye first [or 'first seek'] the kingdom of God [heaven], and his [God's] righteousness [in other words, make sure that you are saved, or 'born again']; and all these things [your basic necessities, such as food and clothing] shall be added unto [given to] you."
This doesn't mean that we shouldn't work to buy the things that we need and to pay our bills. It simply means that we must not worry needlessly, because God promises to take care of us.
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*According to some commentaries, stature can also mean age in the Bible, so if that definition applies to this verse (Matthew 6:27), it means there is nothing that a person can do to increase the length of his or her life.
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GotQuestions.org has an article on the subject or anxiety and worry. It's entitled "Why should we consider the lilies of the field (Matthew 6:28)?" and can be found here: https://www.gotquestions.org/consider-the-lillies.html.
In case you're wondering, before adding my comments
1 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.
in brackets to the above verse(s), I usually refer to Bible
commentaries by Albert Barnes, Matthew Henry, John Gill,
and others (which can be found online) and try to summarize
what they say. For verses from Proverbs, I also refer to the
Bible study notes written by Jim Delany, pastor of Salem
Bible Church. Word definitions are taken from online
dictionaries (including Bible dictionaries).
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Note: The book of Proverbs has 31 chapters and is full of wisdom.
It's been suggested in the past that Christians should get in the habit
of reading one chapter from Proverbs each day, corresponding to
the date of the month. I think it's a great idea and have decided
to follow that advice. The chapter for today is posted below:
Proverbs Chapter 24
2 For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.
3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
5 A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.
7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.
8 He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.
9 The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.
10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
11 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;
12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?
13 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:
14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
15 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:
16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:
18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.
19 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked;
20 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.
21 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:
22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?
23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
24 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:
25 But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.
26 Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.
27 Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.
28 Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips.
29 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.
30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
31 And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.
32 Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.
33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
34 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.