Matthew 6:8

Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Be not yee therefore like vnto them: For your father knoweth what things yee haue neede of, before yee aske him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Be not therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
- American Standard Version (1901)

So be not like them; because your Father has knowledge of your needs even before you make your requests to him.
- Basic English Bible

Be not ye therefore like them, for your Father knows of what things ye have need before ye beg [anything] of him.
- Darby Bible

Therefore be ye not like them: for your Father knoweth what things ye need before ye ask him.
- Webster's Bible

Do not, however, imitate them; for your Father knows what things you need before ever you ask Him.
- Weymouth Bible

Therefore don't be like them, for your Father knows what things you need, before you ask him.
- World English Bible

Therfor nyle ye be maad lich to hem, for your fadir woot what is nede to you, bifore that ye axen hym.
- Wycliffe Bible

be ye not therefore like to them, for your Father doth know those things that ye have need of before your asking him;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 6:8


6:8 Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of - We do not pray to inform God of our wants. Omniscient as he is, he cannot be informed of any thing which he knew not before: and he is always willing to relieve them. The chief thing wanting is, a fit disposition on our part to receive his grace and blessing. Consequently, one great office of prayer is, to produce such a disposition in us: to exercise our dependence on God; to increase our desire of the things we ask for; to us so sensible of our wants, that we may never cease wrestling till we have prevailed for the blessing.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 6:8


Mt 6:8 For your Father knoweth. Here is given abundant reason for short prayers. Many prayers apparently aim to give God information on matters connected with this world.

Discussion for Matthew 6:8

  • Tabitha for verse 8
    We should always ask d holyspirit for direction so as not to ask amiss and also be patient when we ask because the all knowing God knows what we need at the right time
  • Sometimes I think our wants are not necessarily what we really need. It is important to seek the Lord in tongues otherwise our carnal mind desires just gets in the way.
  • Deecarrarar for verse 8
    I believe 1Corinthians 14:2..."For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue, speaketh not unto men but unto God."
    Until 1Corinthians 13:8-10 is fulfilled, I believe we can safely pray the will of God by using a prayer language that our carnal mind doesn't/can't interfere with. Our carnal words limit what we say to God, so our wants and our will are always in the way. As long as we are "thinking," those thoughts get in the way of Gods spirit speaking to our spirit. I find that after I speak my prayers in English, I use my prayer language to let the Spirit lead me, talk to me, and I know His Will will be done....Because He already knows what I need, I need to be able to HEAR it. God prepares our hearts, through His spirit, to accept the things we need. No expectations that are amiss and no disappointments.
  • Tim adedeji for verse 8
    I think when we pray, we should ask God for spirit of knowledge to be able to know what we need, because sometimes what we want is not what we need, if have the spirit of God in you, that same spirit will lead you to put your prayer perfectly before our father in heaven. I think when praying pray in secret, point what you need and continue thanking and praising for answering your prayer, when your prayer has been answered use the blessing wisely so as to remain permanent---Amen
  • Mabel kwarteng for verse 8
    I think that we should thank him for knowing our needs and also have faith in him that he will provide all our needs for us.
  • Johnartyboasiako for verse 8
    i think is that we should not talk much because God the all knows what is in our head and what we are about to tell Him so we should not bee like pagans

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