Matthew 6:27

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Which of you by taking thought, can adde one cubite vnto his stature?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"And who of you by being worried can add a {single} hour to his life?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto the measure of his life?
- American Standard Version (1901)

And which of you by taking thought is able to make himself a cubit taller?
- Basic English Bible

But which of you by carefulness can add to his growth one cubit?
- Darby Bible

Which of you by anxious care can add one cubit to his stature?
- Webster's Bible

Which of you by being over-anxious can add a single foot to his height?
- Weymouth Bible

Which of you, by being anxious, can add one moment to his lifespan?
- World English Bible

But who of you thenkynge mai putte to his stature o cubit?
- Wycliffe Bible

`And who of you, being anxious, is able to add to his age one cubit?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 6:27

6:27 And which of you - If you are ever so careful, can even add a moment to your own life thereby? This seems to be far the most easy and natural sense of the words.

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 6:27

Mt 6:27 Which of you by being anxious, etc. There can hardly be a doubt that this ought to be rendered, "add one cubit to his age", or period of life. The idea is: "What is the use of anxiety? Who, by his anxiety, can add anything to life's journey"? If it is proper to speak of "'length' of life", it is also appropriate to speaking of adding a cubit to its length.

Discussion for Matthew 6:27

  • Gurjit Singh for verse 27
    Everything is already fixed by God.If we think we can change his plannig it is our wrong thinking.We should do prayer only for his mercy on us.
  • Amazing to me how this scripture, which seems to encomp*** the actions of; worry, care, anxiety which are not observable activities but the actual process of THINKING.

    It strikes me that what is being taught here is very likely the same as the Buddhist idea of EMPTINESS meaning that all that we may think, consider and project is empty of true meaning or of intrinsic awareness. We strive hard to keep our religious preferences separated but an honest view will reveal that God has been speaking all along in different times and climes and there has never been a time when he wasn't represented on earth even now!!

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