6:30 And if this is how God clothes the wild grass, 1 which is here today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, 2 won’t he clothe you even more, 3 you people of little faith? 6:31 So then, don’t worry saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 6:32 For the unconverted 4 pursue these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 6:33 But above all pursue his kingdom 5 and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
1 tn Grk “grass of the field.”
2 tn Grk “into the oven.” The expanded translation “into the fire to heat the oven” has been used to avoid misunderstanding; most items put into modern ovens are put there to be baked, not burned.
sn The oven was most likely a rounded clay oven used for baking bread, which was heated by burning wood and dried grass.
3 sn The phrase even more is a typical form of rabbinic argumentation, from the lesser to the greater. If God cares for the little things, surely he will care for the more important things.
4 tn Or “unbelievers”; Grk “Gentiles.”
5 tc ‡ Most
sn God’s kingdom is a major theme of Jesus. It is a realm in which Jesus rules and to which those who trust him belong.