(A)Do not toil to acquire wealth;
    (B)be discerning enough to desist.
When your eyes light on it, it is gone,
    (C)for suddenly it sprouts wings,
    flying like an eagle toward heaven.

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Do Not Be Anxious

25 (A)“Therefore I tell you, (B)do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 (C)Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. (D)Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his (E)span of life?[a] 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, (F)even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, (G)O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For (H)the Gentiles seek after all these things, and (I)your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But (J)seek first (K)the kingdom of God and his righteousness, (L)and all these things will be added to you.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 6:27 Or a single cubit to his stature; a cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters

The Purpose of the Parables

10 And (A)when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables. 11 And he said to them, (B)“To you has been given (C)the secret of the kingdom of God, but for (D)those outside everything is in parables, 12 (E)so that

“‘they (F)may indeed see but not perceive,
    and may indeed hear but not understand,
lest they (G)should turn and be forgiven.’”

13 (H)And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? 14 (I)The sower sows (J)the word. 15 And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. 16 And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it (K)with joy. 17 And they have no root in themselves, but (L)endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately (M)they fall away.[a] 18 And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word,

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Footnotes

  1. Mark 4:17 Or stumble

But (A)those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, (B)into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that (C)plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of (D)all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

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