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

  • BSP
    Verses 22, 23: Jesus here contrasted a simple eye and an evil eye. A simple eye is focused on serving God but an evil eye is focused on selfish things.
  • BSP
    Verse 14: This shows that forgiveness is not automatic. We must forgive others in order to gain God's forgiveness.
  • J murph
    thank you Matt Henry, 1710! that was Matthew 6:33-34 was the exact chapther
  • Steve morrow
    MATTHEW 6:20 BUT LAY UP FOR YOURSELVES TREASURES IN HEAVEN WHERE NEITHER MOTH NOR RUST DOTH CORRUPT AND WHERE THIEVES DO NOT BREAK THROUGH NOR STEAL----6:21 FOR WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS THERE WILL YOUR --- HEART --- BE ALSO PROVERBS 15:6 IN THE HOUSE OF THE RIGHTEOUS IS MUCH TREASURE BUT IN THE REVENUES OF THE WICKED IS TROUBLE
  • Eva N. Walker
    I think that it is from God and it`s all powerful and anointed. AMEN!!!
  • Andy
    Just as Jehovah God forgives us of our sins, we want to show a forgiving attitude towards people.

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