Matthew 6:19-34 Bible in Basic English

Treasure in Heaven

19  Make no store of wealth for yourselves on earth, where it may be turned to dust by worms and weather, and where thieves may come in by force and take it away. 20  But make a store for yourselves in heaven, where it will not be turned to dust and where thieves do not come in to take it away: 21  For where your wealth is, there will your heart be.

The Light of the Body

22  The light of the body is the eye; if then your eye is true, all your body will be full of light. 23  But if your eye is evil, all your body will be dark. If then the light which is in you is dark, how dark it will be!

God and Mammon

24  No man is able to be a servant to two masters: for he will have hate for the one and love for the other, or he will keep to one and have no respect for the other. You may not be servants of God and of wealth.

Care and Anxiety

25  So I say to you, Take no thought for your life, about food or drink, or about clothing for your body. Is not life more than food, and the body more than its clothing? 26  See the birds of heaven; they do not put seeds in the earth, they do not get in grain, or put it in store-houses; and your Father in heaven gives them food. Are you not of much more value than they? 27  And which of you by taking thought is able to make himself a cubit taller? 28  And why are you troubled about clothing? See the flowers of the field, how they come up; they do no work, they make no thread: 29  But I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 30  But if God gives such clothing to the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is put into the oven, will he not much more give you clothing, O you of little faith? 31  Then do not be full of care, saying, What are we to have for food or drink? or, With what may we be clothed? 32  Because the Gentiles go in search of all these things: for your Father in heaven has knowledge that you have need of all these things: 33  But let your first care be for his kingdom and his righteousness; and all these other things will be given to you in addition. 34  Then have no care for tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself. Take the trouble of the day as it comes.


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