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John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Luke 12:30

For all these things do the nations of the world seek after ,.... That is, the Gentiles, as in Matthew 6:32 who are frequently, in the Jewish writings, called, in distinction from the Jews, אומות העולם , "the nations of the world" F19 Vid. T. Bab. Gittin, fol. 28. 2. & 29. . This is an argument used to dissuade from an immediate and anxious concern for food and raiment, because it is Heathenish, and therefore very unbecoming the disciples and followers of Christ: it need not... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Luke 12:31

But rather seek ye the kingdom of God ,.... The Vulgate Latin version adds, "first", as also, "and his righteousness", as in Matthew 6:33 and the Ethiopic version reads, "seek his kingdom and righteousness" meaning either the grace of God, which is not meat and drink, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, Romans 14:17 or the heavenly glory; unless the Gospel, and the dispensation of it, which is the Messiah's kingdom, and which was then just ushering in, should rather be... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Luke 12:32

Fear not little flock ,.... these words are particularly directed to the immediate apostles and disciples of Christ; but are true of all the saints in all ages of time, who are compared to a "flock of sheep", being separated from the rest of the world in election, redemption, and the effectual calling, and being folded together in a Gospel church state; and also for their patience, meekness, humility, and harmlessness: these are a "little" flock; few in number, when compared with the wicked... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Luke 12:22

Take no thought - Be not anxiously careful. See on Matthew 6:25 ; (note). read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Luke 12:25

To his stature one cubit? - See on Matthew 6:27 ; (note). read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Luke 12:29

Neither be ye of doubtful mind - Or, in anxious suspense, μη μετεωριζεσθε . Raphelius gives several examples to prove that the meaning of the word is, to have the mind agitated with useless thoughts, and vain imaginations concerning food, raiment, and riches, accompanied with perpetual uncertainty. read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Luke 12:30

The nations of the world seek after - Or, earnestly seek, επιζητει from επι above, over, and ζητεω , I seek; to seek one thing after another, to be continually and eagerly coveting. This is the employment of the nations of this world, utterly regardless of God and eternity! It is the essence of heathenism to live only for this life; and it is the property of Christianity to lead men to live here in reference to another and better world. Reader! how art thou living? Dr. Lightfoot... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Luke 12:32

Fear not, little flock - Or, very little flock, το μικρον ποιμνιον . This is what some term a double diminutive, and, literally translated, is, little little flock. Though this refers solely to the apostles and first believers, of whom it was literally true, yet we may say that the number of genuine believers has been, and is still, small, in comparison of heathens and false Christians. It is your Father's good pleasure - Ευδοκησεν , It hath pleased, etc., though this tense joined... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Luke 12:29

Verse 29 Luke 12:29.And be not lifted on high (460) This clause corresponds to the last sentence in the passage taken from Matthew, Be not anxious about tomorrow Our Lord now charges them with another fault. When men wish to make arrangements in their own favor, they would willingly embrace five centuries. (461) The verb μετεωρίζεσθαι , which Luke employs, properly signifies to survey from a lofty situation, or, as we commonly say, to make long discourses: (462) for the intemperate desires of... read more

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