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

  • Jeff King

    I believe Jesus was telling us how to pray , not saying repeat word for word every pray . I do believe we should always start with praising God and always for sure end with in Jesus name I pray . The only way to God is through Jesus so we should .
    At ball games and such if I pray along I end with in Jesus name . They started closing by saying in his name we pray . Who’s name ? are they ashamed
  • Steve morrow
    MATTHEW 6:38 but seek ye first the kingdom of GOD and -- HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS -- and all these things shall be added unto you ROMANS 10:3 for they being ignorant of GODS righteousness and going about to establish their own righteousness have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of GOD PROVERBS 8:8 ALL THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH ARE IN RIGHTEOUSNESS THERE IS NOTHING FROWARD OR PERVERSE IN THEM
  • BSP
    Verse 24: we can not give Jehovah God exclusive devotion and at the same time be dedicated to gathering material things.
  • BSP
    Verse 10 shows the subjects we should make a priority in our prayers.
  • A disciple
    Dear Sister Thelma; It is a comfort like healing balm to read good words like yours! While so many times I am compelled to answer, reprove, rebuke and correct, many misled and obstinate who have set themselves to oppose and contradict the truth of the Glad Tidings; the good and wholesome words of the Saints are like cold waters to a thirsty soul, and so timely! The LORD bless and keep you!
  • Thelma Denson
    I read the bible to get my life right which I already pray the pray. God is a good and this chapter is a good one.

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