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

  • 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.
  • Wayne
    Trust and obey, for there's no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust obey.
  • Wayne
    V. 33. Wife and I are retired. When we need extra money the Lord provides. Last few months, spirit of saving money has been on me. When the amount reached $4000, the saving spirit left me. Very noticeable, the departing. The Lord always supplies. Don't know what the needs will be but I know He has supplied to take care of it. Jesus never disappoints but feeds us and clothes us. Praise His Name!!!
  • Bruce
    We who are Saved by The Blood of The Lamb,are The only Light this World will see. Our Mission:Tell whosoever The Way of Salvation. Help them with whatever,whenever,possible and Right. The debt is paid by His Blood. We are Washed,Baptized with His Spirit, We are completely Changed.---I say unto you he that believeth on me,the works that I do shall he do also---John 14:12. We are on The Same Mission
  • Walking with Jesus
    To follow Jesus is to deny yourself all of your lifelong vanity to preserve your way of life, which all previous generations who came before have prescribed for us. As Jesus has depended on God for his sustenance, can we do the same? Our mission isn't the same as his. We are called to turn from the wickedness of this world in this time and place and to decry hypocrisy in high places. Peace.

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